Life is not a template and neither is mine. Like several who have worked as journalists, I am a generalist in my over two decade experience across print, global news wires and dotcom firms. But there has been one underlying theme in each phase; life gave me the chance to observe and tell a story -- from early days tracking a securities scam to terror attacks and some of India's most significant court trials. Besides writing, I have jumped fences to become an entrepreneur, as an investment advisor -- and also taught the finer aspects of business journalism to young minds. At Forbes India, I also keep an eye on some of its proprietary specials like the Rich list, GenNext and Celebrity lists. An alumnus of Xavier Institute of Communications and H.R College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, I have worked for organisations such as Agence France-Presse, Business Standard, The Financial Express and The Times of India prior to this.
Sales of laptops and tablets have risen by as much as 25 percent as consumers fear shortages and price rises once companies have to take licences to import these items.
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Vijay Shekhar Sharma buys Ant Financial’s stake
Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma will buy Ant Financial’s 10.3 percent stake in the company. With the sale Ant Financial will cease to be the largest shareholder in the company. The company’s shares were transferred to Sharma’s Netherlands-based subsidiary Resilient Asset Management. Based on the 4 August closing price the shares were valued at $628 million. Sharma’s stake will go up to almost 20 percent in the company. (Economic Times, Business Standard)
Laptop and tablet sales jump as imports to be restricted
Sales of laptops and tablets have risen by as much as 25 percent as consumers fear shortages and price rises once companies have to take licences to import these items. The licences are expected to be in place by November 1. Amazon also saw higher sales of these items during its recently concluded Independence Day sale.
Taxman sends notice to moonlighting employees
The income tax department has sent notices to employees who received income through moonlighting. The notices are for the years 2019-20 and 2020-21. Income was received either through other accounts of the employee and was tracked through the same PAN number or in an overseas account. It is unclear how many notices were sent and notices for 2021-22 still have to be issued. (Economic Times)
Subhash Chandra to settle debt, take back Dish TV
Zee owner Subhash Chandra plans to settle the Rs 6,500 crore he owes to JC Flowers Asset Reconstruction Co and regain control his businesses Dish TV and Zee Learn as well as a bungalow in central Delhi. The loan will be settled for Rs 1,500 crore but there is no clarity on the payment deadline. JC Flowers is insisting on full payment by January 31.