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Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing policy in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in the world’s second largest internet market forged an informal coalition to express concerns over the 30% charge the Android-maker plans to mandate on its store and started to explore an alternative marketplace for their apps.

The company, which is going live globally with the new Play Store rule in September 2021, is deferring the enforcement of the policy only in India, it said. It is also listening to developers and willing to engage to allay their concerns, it said.

Last week, Google said it would no longer allow any apps to circumvent its payment system within the Play Store. The move, pitched by Google as a “clarification” of its existing policy, would allow the company to ensure it gets as high as a 30% cut on

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VIENNA (Reuters) – India and South Africa want the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive intellectual property rules to make it easier for developing countries to produce or import COVID-19 drugs, a letter https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/IP/C/W669.pdf&Open=True to the WTO shows.

In their letter dated Oct. 2 the two countries called on the global trade body to waive parts of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which governs patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property rules globally.

“As new diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19 are developed, there are significant concerns (over) how these will be made available promptly, in sufficient quantities and at (an) affordable price to meet global demand,” the letter posted on the Geneva-based WTO’s website says.

The two countries said that developing nations are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and that intellectual property rights, including patents, could be a barrier to the provision of affordable

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Dubai, October 4

A Dubai-based Indian student used his stay-at-home time due to the Covid-19 pandemic to write a book on computer programming, a media report said.

The Khaleej Times report published said that the 12-year-old Amritesh Banerjee, a Class VIII student of Cambridge International School, Dubai, is not only a published writer, but is also coaching students virtually.

“It took me four months to complete this book. The paperback version was launched in September. The online version will be launched on October 15, which is the World Students’ Day,” said Amritesh.

“My father got 5,000 likes on his LinkedIn profile after he posted my book. That’s when people started approaching him, saying their children, who are my age, needed guidance on the subject.

“So I’ve held a few online classes as peer-to-peer learning can prove to be immensely helpful in understanding concepts. My father has always reiterated … that

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(Bloomberg) — Billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Indian commodities conglomerate Vedanta Ltd. posted a 23.5% drop in quarterly profit as one of the world’s strictest lockdowns hit production and demand.



a man walking down a street next to a river: Police officers walk along an empty road during a lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Mumbai, India, on Monday, June 1, 2020. Despite a strict two-month-long lockdown, the outbreak in India’s financial capital has snowballed, with the city now accounting for nearly a quarter of India’s more than 4,700 deaths and more a fifth of India’s over 165,000 infections.


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Police officers walk along an empty road during a lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Mumbai, India, on Monday, June 1, 2020. Despite a strict two-month-long lockdown, the outbreak in India’s financial capital has snowballed, with the city now accounting for nearly a quarter of India’s more than 4,700 deaths and more a fifth of India’s over 165,000 infections.

Group net income slumped to 10.33 billion rupees ($141 million) in the three months to June from 13.51 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said in a statement late Saturday. Sales fell 25.9% to 156.87 billion rupees.

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Vedanta’s main businesses include zinc, aluminum and oil and gas, all of which have been hit by a

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  • Tesla will enter the Indian market in 2021, CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Friday.
  • The Indian government is pushing for a boost in electric vehicle sales as it increasingly focuses on cutting emissions, and said that 30% of the country’s vehicles on the road must be electric by 2030.
  • India has the world’s fifth biggest car market – but Toyota and Ford have been scaling back operations in the country.
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Tesla will enter the Indian market in 2021, CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Friday.

“Next year for sure,” he replied to a tweet asking when Tesla would sell its electric cars in India.

“Thanks for waiting!” Musk added.

Twitter users expressed their excitement about the news after years of Musk teasing about Tesla’s entry into India, home to the world’s second largest population after China and the world’s fifth biggest car market.

“We

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  • Google just gave away the India launch date for the Pixel 4a.
  • The phone will land in India on October 17.
  • It will go on sale through Flipkart.

Google has finally announced the India launch date for the Pixel 4a. The mid-range Google phone that debuted in the US back in August will reach Indian shores on October 17. Google confirmed the Pixel 4a India launch while replying to a query on Twitter.

It’s possible that Google’s Twitter account jumped the gun because we were initially expecting the company to announce the India availability of the Pixel 4a during the Pixel hardware event that concluded a few hours back. When that didn’t happen, we thought Google would put out an official Pixel 4a India launch announcement at a later date. Looks like the cat is finally out of the bag.

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Apple: India Takes Center Stage

September 30, 2020 | technology | No Comments

As the tension between the US and China shows no sign of being put to rest any time soon, another Asian country takes a step closer to the spotlight. Over the past couple of weeks, India has surfaced a couple of times in Apple’s newsfeed:

  • Production ramp up: although still officially a rumor, thee of Apple’s key parts suppliers and assemblers are expected to invest $900 million in production capacity over the next 5 years. This would be the result of a $6.7 billion Indian government incentive program to boost the country’s smartphone manufacturing capabilities. Reuters reports that most of the funding would be used to expand iPhone production.
  • Online store goes live: now that local regulatory requirements have been met, Apple has opened its online store in India. The go-live date was September 23. Through the store, consumers in India will be able to use financing options
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By Sankalp Phartiyal



a close up of a person using a cell phone: FILE PHOTO: A salesman checks a customer's iPhone at a mobile phone store in New Delhi


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FILE PHOTO: A salesman checks a customer’s iPhone at a mobile phone store in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Three of Apple Inc’s top contract manufacturers plan to invest a total of almost $900 million in India in the next five years to tap into a new production-linked incentive plan, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron all plan to make investments under the scheme, said the sources, who asked not to be named as the discussions are private.

India’s new $6.65 billion production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme offers companies cash incentives on any increase in sales of locally-made smartphones over the next five years, compared with 2019-20 levels. The scheme aims to help transform India into an export manufacturing hub.



a close up of a tent: FILE PHOTO: Workers adjust a hoarding of the newly launched iPhone XS in Ahmedabad


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FILE PHOTO: Workers adjust a hoarding of the newly launched iPhone XS in Ahmedabad

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Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27

As many as 150 senior and junior computer instructors working in various government schools of the city since 2008 have not been paid salaries for the past four months.

A 35-year-old male teacher said, “I am yet to pay my son’s fee for six months amounting to Rs21,000 as I haven’t received my salary for the past four months. My six-month electricity bill is also pending and I haven’t even paid my insurance instalments as well. I am reeling under financial trauma and I have no strength to stretch it any further.”

A 35-year-old female computer teacher said, “I have drained all my savings and have no resources left for sustenance. I have been earning for the past 12 years. We haven’t received our salaries after May and do not know for how long we are going to survive like this.”

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