Wendy’s and India’s Rebel Foods are developing 250 cloud kitchen across the country

US fast food chain Wendy’s is ramping up its presence in India, saying it plans to have 400 cloud kitchens and traditional restaurants across the country in the next decade.



a man standing in a kitchen preparing food: An employee prepares an order inside a Rebel Foods Pvt cloud kitchen in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Rebel Foods calls itself the World's Largest Internet Restaurant Company, a boast that's hard to disprove because there aren't many chains quite like it. Founded by a McKinsey & Co. alumnus named Jaydeep Barman, the company serves a dozen different menus with everything from cheese-loaded Italian pizzas to 99 variations of the dosa, a popular south Indian lentil-and-rice crepe. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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An employee prepares an order inside a Rebel Foods Pvt cloud kitchen in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Rebel Foods calls itself the World’s Largest Internet Restaurant Company, a boast that’s hard to disprove because there aren’t many chains quite like it. Founded by a McKinsey & Co. alumnus named Jaydeep Barman, the company serves a dozen different menus with everything from cheese-loaded Italian pizzas to 99 variations of the dosa, a popular south Indian lentil-and-rice crepe. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Wendy’s and its franchise partner Sierra Nevada Restaurants are teaming up with Mumbai-based Rebel Foods to develop and operate 250 cloud kitchens in India as the coronavirus drives up

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India’s push for gender equity in science



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One of the focuses of the new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, currently being drafted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), will be to increase the participation of women in science. To this end, the DST will incorporate a system of grading institutes depending on the enrolment of women and the advancement of the careers of women faculty and scientists. The concept borrows from a programme started by the UK in 2005 called the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network), which is now being adopted by many countries. The DST will soon launch a pilot, which the British Council has helped it develop.

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter is an evaluation and accreditation programme in the UK enhancing gender equity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). Participating research organisations and academic institutions are required to analyse data

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Kohli, Who Shaped India’s IT Services Industry, Dies at 96

(Bloomberg) — Faqir Chand Kohli, the founding chief executive officer of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., who steered the Indian company for three decades, has died. He was 96.



logo: Signage for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of India's biggest conglomerate, was replaced as Tata Sons chairman by his 78-year-old predecessor Ratan Tata at a board meeting on Oct. 24. Tata Sons said the conglomerate's board and Trustees of the Tata Trusts were concerned about a growing “trust deficit” with Mistry, which prompted the company to remove him.


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Signage for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. is displayed outside the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of India’s biggest conglomerate, was replaced as Tata Sons chairman by his 78-year-old predecessor Ratan Tata at a board meeting on Oct. 24. Tata Sons said the conglomerate’s board and Trustees of the Tata Trusts were concerned about a growing “trust deficit” with Mistry, which prompted the company to remove him.

Kohli, who was asked to join the fledgling TCS in 1969 by then Tata Sons Ltd. Chairman Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, did his post graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining Tata group’s power unit in 1951.

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India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology bans 43 more apps | Digital

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, has issued an order under section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps. 

 

The banned apps included four from the Ali Express stable and Lalamove India among others (full list below).

 

This Government has taken this step as it believes these apps threaten the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

 

A statement from the Government said, “The Government is committed to protect the interests of citizens and sovereignty and integrity of India on all fronts and it shall take all possible steps to ensure that.”

 

Here are the list

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India’s smartphone exports to cross $1.5 billion mark this year

India’s smartphone exports will cross the $1.5 billion mark in 2020 according to the India Mobile Phone Exports Market Scan report by techARC.

The report estimates that the total value of the smartphones exported out of India this year will be over $1.5 billion. This would be over 98 per cent of the total mobile phones exported out of India, the report said.

As per the report, 12.8 million mobile phones were exported from India in total between January to September 2020. Of this, 10.9 million phones were smartphones.

Despite major slowdown between April-June owing to Covid-19, smartphone exports were on track to recovery between the July-September quarter with 4.2 million units exported.

This was possible “due to the restoration of supply chain and logistics as well as the resumption of work in Indian factories,” as per the report.

Samsung topping the charts

Samsung topped the charts in terms of

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Paytm on India’s digital payments sector

SINGAPORE — Indian tech start-up Paytm is “super comfortable” with its position in an increasingly competitive payments sector in the country, a top executive at the company said Monday.

Paytm is an ubiquitous name in India’s digital payments sector. Millions of Indians use the service to pay for things including utility bills, groceries, recharging mobile connections or buying movie tickets. Paytm is also a fully licensed digital bank.

The service faces competition from the likes of Google Pay, Walmart’s PhonePe and most recently Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service, which announced a feature allowing its users to send money through the app.

Paytm, PhonePe, Google Pay (Gpay) and Bhim UPI QR Codes (Standee) are Kept outside for Cashless payments at a medical store in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on 16 May 2020.

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“It’s no doubt that India is the last big

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India’s smartphone market grows 17% in Q3 in rebound from sluggish H1

India was the only smartphone market in the top 3 to witness growth in the third quarter, as both China and US markets declined year-over-year, according to data from IDC. A record 54.3 million units were shipped during the quarter with 17 percent year-on-year growth in Q3. The reopening of the country with fewer restrictions was further fueled by pent-up demand in July and August and channel stocking in September to meet the upcoming Diwali quarter demand.

Channel highlights 

eTailers led the online channel share, reaching an all-time high of 48 percent, growing by 24 percent year-on-year. Cautious consumers preferred online purchases as they were driven by promotions and sale events on eTailer platforms.

Offline channels registered a moderate 11 percent year-on-year growth after a challenging first half of the year. New launches had severe supply constraints in offline channels. 

The researchers expect growth to continue for the online channel,

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Google, Walmart’s PhonePe Hit by India’s Move to Limit Some Digital Payments Players | Technology News

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Nupur Anand

DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Global tech giant Google on Friday criticised India’s move to cap the share of transactions some companies within the country’s digital payments space can account for, saying it would hinder the nation’s burgeoning digital payments economy.

Google’s criticism came after India’s flagship payments processor the National Payments Corp of India (NPCI) on Thursday said third-party payments apps, from Jan. 1, will not be allowed to process more than 30% of the total volume of transactions on state-backed United Payments Interface (UPI) framework, which facilitates seamless peer-to-peer money transfers.

The move will likely stymie the growth of payments services offered by Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Walmart, while boosting the likes of Reliance’s Jio Payments Bank and SoftBank-backed Paytm, which are armed with bank permits.

More than 2.07 billion UPI transactions were processed in October, according to NPCI, with Walmart’s PhonePe accounting for

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Google, Walmart’s PhonePe hit by India’s move to limit some digital payments players

DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Global tech giant Google on Friday criticised India’s move to cap the share of transactions some companies within the country’s digital payments space can account for, saying it would hinder the nation’s burgeoning digital payments economy.

A man stands in front of a screen during a Google event in New Delhi, India September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

Google’s criticism came after India’s flagship payments processor the National Payments Corp of India (NPCI) on Thursday said third-party payments apps, from Jan. 1, will not be allowed to process more than 30% of the total volume of transactions on state-backed United Payments Interface (UPI) framework, which facilitates seamless peer-to-peer money transfers.

The move will likely stymie the growth of payments services offered by Facebook FB.O, Alphabet’s GOOGL.O Google and Walmart WMT.N, while boosting the likes of Reliance’s RELI.NS Jio Payments Bank

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WhatsApp takes on Google, Alibaba in India’s phone payment battle

WhatsApp on Friday entered an increasingly tense battle between multinational giants such as Google and Alibaba for a chunk of India’s fast growing digital payments market.

The Facebook-owned firm said it was launching Whatsapp Pay just hours after it was given permission by the country’s payments regulator. India is the messenger firm’s biggest market with some 400 million users.

Whatsapp Pay — which allows people to send and receive money through the messaging platform –was launched in Brazil in June but was quickly suspended because of competition objections raised by the central bank. Authorities have since indicated that it will be allowed there.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said in a video statement accompanying the India launch that the move would boost “innovation” in payments.

Zuckerberg also hailed India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) which is used in the country of 1.3 billion people to manage payment apps, with more than 140

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