Author Archives: Loknath Das

30 Great Eat-the-Rich Horror Movies

Late-stage capitalism is a bad look. As Jennifer Lopez told us in Hustlers, “This whole country is a strip club. You’ve got people throwing the money, and you’ve got people doing the dance.” The proletariat is fed up, and even the youth of TikTok are crying outrage at the billionaire class. The popular art of 2019 is responding, too, with privilege-skewering movies like Ready ... Read More »

Google to mentor 10 startups in Bengaluru from October 14

BENGALURU: Google on Wednesday announced to kick-start third class of its three-month “Launchpad Accelerator India” programme from October 14 here with a line-up of 10 fresh startups. Similar to the two previous classes, these startups will get access to mentorship from Google teams and industry experts, free support, Cloud credits and more, the company said in a statement. The startups will undergo an intensive ... Read More »

Stock market update: Nifty Media up 2%; Dish TV, Den Networks surge

Media stocks traded higher on NSE in the afternoon trade on Thursday. Shares of Dish TV India (up 8.28 per cent), Den Networks (up 4.91 per cent), Zee Entertainment EnterprisesNSE -0.64 % (up 4.78 per cent) and TV18 Broadcast (up 2.49 per cent) were the top gainers. Zee Media Corporation (up 2.27 per cent), Network 18 Media & Investments (up ... Read More »

Mahatma Gandhi left precious spiritual legacy for world: China

October 2 has acquired special significance for Beijing ever since the statue of Gandhi, sculpted by China’s acclaimed sculptor and artist Yuan Xikun was installed at the famous Chaoyang park in 2005. (Representational Image) Mahatma Gandhi not only inspired the people of India, but also left a precious spiritual legacy to the world, China has said, invoking his famous words ... Read More »

Take a peek at the future of media and entertainment at Disrupt SF

Where does tech end and media begin? It can be hard to find the dividing line, particularly as tech companies move into the media business, and as big Hollywood blockbusters are increasingly created on computers. So even though TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF event (happening next week!!) is ostensibly a tech conference, we’ll have plenty of big names from the worlds of media and ... Read More »

Modi’s big tax cut unlikely to spur job bonanza in India

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: With one eye on flagging demand, businesses in India are likely to bank the government’s $20.4 billion corporate tax windfall rather than unleash the investments that Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes will create millions of jobs and revive the economy. The tax cuts, which Modi vowed would woo global private investment and improve India’s competitiveness, came as a surprise to ... Read More »

Can The Advertising Industry Stop Perpetuating Harmful Gender Stereotypes?

During the Advertising Week in New York this week, how advertisers respond to gender stereotyping will likely be a topic of discussion. Under the UK’s new gender stereotyping rules that went into force in June, the first advertisements featuring “harmful gender stereotypes” were officially banned last month. What defines ‘harmful gender stereotypes’ and who can decide? Advertisements are now being banned on ... Read More »

EPFO payroll data shows second-highest job creation in July at 11.62 lakh

Net employment creation in the formal sector was reported at 11.62 lakh in July 2019, according to the latest Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) payroll data. July saw the second highest net job creation numbers, short of 12.23 lakh reported in June 2019 in the previous EPFO release. This is also the third time that formal job creation as per ... Read More »

Tech startups and incubators applaud FM’s tax cuts and CSR initiatives

Bengaluru: The latest corporate tax cuts announced by the finance ministry will the reduce cost of capital and incentivize more investments in the consumer Internet segment, according to tech startups and investors in the startup space. The Finance Ministry last week effectively reduced corporate taxes for domestic companies to 25%, down from around 30%. Apart from this, the ministry also widened ... Read More »

‘This Is Us’ cast takes in the merriment at Entertainment Weekly’s Emmys party

Cameras flashed as Mandy Moore met up with three of her TV children from “This Is Us” — Parker Bates, Niles Fitch and Mackenzie Hancsicsak — after making her way into Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood for Entertainment Weekly’s pre-Emmys soiree. Not only is Moore one of the show’s seven actors nominated for Emmys — in her case, as lead actress ... Read More »