Author Archives: Loknath Das

Telangana | Digital Job Exchange

Labour minister Ch. Malla Reddy (in white) at the launch of the DEET platform Job searches may no longer be a tedious affair, at least in one Indian state. A first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, the Digital Employment Exchange of Telangana (DEET) was launched on August 26, 2019. The online exchange uses data analy-tics and artificial intelligence to connect prospective ... Read More »

[Weekly Funding Roundup] Equity falls 88 pc as startups raise only $75.7M

This week, equity funding receded to just $75.7 million, 88 percent less than last week’s $624.6 million. This week’s funding was spread across just 14 deals, 11 of which were early-stage. The reason for a poor show was the absence of mega rounds and late-stage deals. Weekly funding roundup Early-stage deals Mumbai-based startup Atomberg Technologies raised $10 million as a part ... Read More »

Man, Woman Live Stream Suicide On Social Media In Punjab: Cops

Their bodies were found in the fields, police said (Representational) SANGRUR:  A young man and a woman shot themselves dead in Punjab’s Sangrur, streaming their suicide live on social media, police said Thursday. The alleged suicide took place at Gujjran village, about four kilometres away from Dirba town of Sangrur district, on Wednesday night, the police said. Their bodies were ... Read More »

Employee Provident Fund: Left job? Want to keep contributing to EPF? Read this

Employee Provident Fund (EPF) contribution rules: You can’t contribute after leaving job. Representational Image/Pixabay Employee Provident Fund (EPF) contribution rules: If you have left service, you cannot contribute to EPF anymore. As per rules, any contribution to the EPF by an employee must be matched by the contribution of the employer. The EPFO rules say, “In the absence of wages and ... Read More »

10 Bar Lighting Ideas for Small Business Owners

When starting a bar, it’s important to create a full menu, design the bar top and tables carefully and hire a friendly staff that can provide a positive experience for visitors. But one element that can really tie everything together tends to get overlooked too often — lighting. The right lighting design can make your bar cozy, vibrant or inviting — ... Read More »

US to use fake social media to check people entering country

US Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship. An updated Homeland Security Department review of potential privacy issues dated July 2019 that was posted online on Friday essentially reversed a prior ban on officers creating fake profiles. A USCIS statement explaining the ... Read More »

Disney Layoffs Hit TV Distribution, Home Entertainment Units Post Fox Merger; 20th TV EVP Greg Drebin Exits

Five months after Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of key Fox assets was completed, there has been a new round of layoffs in Disney’s media distribution areas that include home entertainment and TV distribution, I have learned. I hear several dozen employees, just under 60, were affected, both on Fox and Disney side. I hear among the highest-ranked among those who are leaving are Greg Drebin, EVP ... Read More »

T-Hub launches angel funding programme for startups in Telangana

HYDERABAD : Hyderabad-based startup incubator T-Hub on Thursday announced the launch of its funding programme T-Angel, through which it will help startups raise capital. The three-month investment acceleration programme is a joint venture with the Telangana state government and will be executed by T-Hub and online investment platform LetsVenture. The programme is the first in a series of funding focused programmes by T-Hub, and ... Read More »

Bernie Sanders endorses a targeted advertising tax to fund local journalism

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled a comprehensive plan to protect journalism, including revamped antitrust action against Facebook and Google and new collective bargaining powers for media companies. But Sanders also calls for a more ambitious idea that has been floating around left-wing policy circles all year: a tax on targeted advertising that would funnel money directly from ... Read More »

Smartphones remain a must-buy even in overall slowdown season

New Delhi: There’s little in common between Parle’s ₹5 biscuit pack and motor cars made by Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, except that both have been hit hard by a demand slump. While the slowdown appears to have left few industries unscathed, it’s clear that one area where Indian consumers are loath to skimp on is smartphones. The latest data about India’s smartphone sales bear out ... Read More »