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How Do Indian Businesses Plan To Cope With The Aftermath Of Global Pandemic?



Indian Businesses Plans To Regain Market Post-Lockdown

With the coronavirus epidemic severely impacting over two hundred countries, the global economy has taken an enormous hit, affecting businesses worldwide. Sectors like aviation, hospitality, and tourism have been walloped, while others like EdTech, video conferencing, and digital sales have boomed.

Businesses have now realized the importance of implementing technology and cultivating a digital presence. According to an India Today news report, Ritesh Agarwal, the founder and CEO of OYO Rooms, when asked about the future of the hospitality sector and how he hopes to run his firm in a post-pandemic era, he said he sees technology playing a significant role in the days to come.

“Hospitality has avoided using technology. In this new world, zero-touch will rule the roost. Since people don’t travel, if people take vacations, they will seek out more places near cities or pilgrimages. When those happen, ensuring tech increases social distancing, and high-level hygiene and sanitation needs to be maintained. The third is specific examples, like using tech to reduce information asymmetry. Companies will have to use tech to change their operations.” Said Ritesh.

Remote Working and Authentic Communication

India recently entered the ‘Unlock 1.0’ stage on June 8 after facing three months of a nation-wide lockdown that began in March. This period signifies a decision by the Government to relax restrictions in certain areas (other than the containment zones) to try and revive a sinking economy. This step also means organizations must come up with a new way of managing their employees and an effective long-term solution when it comes to carrying out the everyday task of completing projects and running a business.

Many offices are now trying to decide between remote working and asking employees to report to work in person. Several tech companies, including giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, have announced that their employees will be indefinitely working from home. Certain organizations have started working in shifts or asking only individual departments to report.

According to a news report by Inc42, Rajat Garg, the CEO of MyUpchar, a health and wellness website, said that while customer support and operations teams are returning to work, over 30 per cent of their workforce is working from home.

In a recent discussion with the Economic Times, Deepali Nair, CMO, IBM South Asia, and India spoke about how after the lockdown, the company’s stack of remote working solutions helped it sustain work and recover operations. She also emphasized the need to make clients more aware of the various solutions available in these times.

“Clients are looking at new customer experiences and new business models as they want to protect their businesses from future shocks. Our idea is to co-create and innovate with them.” Said Nair.

She continued to talk about the importance of digital marketing and the integration of external communication with organic social media. “People are craving authentic voices & authentic messaging, and this is the time for CEOs who have developed authentic voices to lend that credibility to their respective brands.”

Bright Side

While most economists believe that the worst impact of the epidemic is yet to be seen and that India is set to face the worst recession it has seen in the last 40 years, experts like Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder and former CEO of Infosys believe that there may be a massive influx of investment in one particular sector: Startups.

“Yes, we have taken a temporary break, but nothing has changed, and I believe that we will have a large number of unicorns, we will have significant investments coming into India to take advantage of the opportunity that India provides,” Gopalakrishnan told Sudhir Sethi, Chairman, Chiratae Ventures, during a recent discussion on the economic ecosystem of the country, according to a news report on Your Story India.

He does agree, however, that India will face a short-term impact, but while looking at it from a long-term perspective, the Indian workforce, according to Gopalakrishnan, remains talented in the way the healthcare industry has managed the crisis, despite having poor infrastructure, is proof of the fact. He also stated that the onset of exponential technologies during the Fourth Industrial Revolution will change the way industries work and that “India is probably the best place to leverage these technologies for maximum benefits.”

Overcoming Uncertainty and Restarting Operations

In an attempt to help businesses overcome the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, leading global professional services company Accenture, put forth five priorities they could focus on while reopening their businesses.

  1. Putting People First: The firm advises businesses to address the anxieties of their employees through compassionate communication and help out as much as they can with their health expenses.
  2. Create a Safe Working Environment: This includes sustaining digital workers, rethinking workplace design in terms of physical space, implementing safety protocol, and rewriting employee contracts based on mutual trust to create an overall safe environment for everyone.
  3. Creating a Phased Return Plan: According to the company, this is the right time to re-engineer operations and adapt to the changing market conditions by implementing a technology-based, agile working model including remote working, a virtual command center, and a human-machine workforce.
  4. Implement a Resilient Cost Management Plan: The next step includes looking into implementing an elastic cost structure including long term cost reduction instead of short-term, focusing on likely mergers and acquisitions as distressed assets are obtainable and trying to manage and assess government support programs.
  5. Be Prepared to Adapt and Get Future-Ready: The firm urges companies to adapt and invest in newer technologies like Artificial intelligence (AI) to respond to customers and look for possible supply chain weaknesses and predict problems they might encounter in the future and prepare themselves for all possibilities.


How SEBI’s New Margin Rule Is Affecting Retail Traders?



SEBI Margin Rule | News Aur Chai

Securities and Exchange Board of India has introduced new margin rules for traders. Traders and Brokers are not happy with the new regulations because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trade.

SEBI had introduced the new margin rule in the year 2020 for intraday traders. It is being implemented in a phased manner. Traders were supposed to maintain 25 per cent of the peak margin in the first phase; the margin was raised by 50 per cent in the second phase. In the third phase, as per the new margin rule, intraday traders will have to pay a 100 per cent upfront margin. According to new norms, the margin requirements will be calculated four times during every trading session because the money margin must be greater than the need.

As per the new rule, brokers must collect margin from investors for any purchase or sale, and if they fail to do so, they will have to pay the penalty. Thus, brokers will not receive power of attorney. Brokers cannot use power of attorney for pledging anymore.

Those investors who want to make use of margin will have to create margin pledges separately. As per the new rule, investors will have to pay at least a 30 per cent margin upfront to avail a margin loan. Shares brought today cannot be sold tomorrow. Funds from shares sold today cannot be used for new trades on the same day.

The market experts said that there must be proper adjustments for implementing new rules, or it may create chaos, trouble and disturbance to the market participants. The CEO and founder of Zerodha broking firm, Nithin Kamath tweeted that, “the day when the new rules came into effect was the dreaded day for brokers, exchanges, intraday traders”.

Traders Are Not Happy:

Changes in rules have evoked strong reactions from traders because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trades as per new margin rules. Even the trading in futures and options will become more expensive. Traders are disappointed because they will have to pay up more money to bet in stock markets. As per new margin rules, Traders are also liable for the penalty if the rules are not followed during the trading session. If a trader wants to buy Nifty worth Rs 10 lakh, he will have to pay a 20 per cent margin of around 2 lakh. If the margin of the trader does not meet the need, he will be penalized. Traders will have to pay the minimum amount for opening the Multilateral Trading facility account, and they have to maintain a minor balance at all times.

Why Gas SEBI Introduced A New Margin Rule?

SEBI has introduced new rules to protect retail investors from purchasing difficulty. The intended goal of SEBI behind new margin rules is to bring down the difficult market situation and avoid huge fluctuation in stock markets during extreme stress. The new margin rules are likely to bring transparency to the market; it is expected to strengthen the market’s safety.

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Maya Global Education Society Acquires GIAP Journals




GIAP MGES Journals | News Aur Chai

Gyandhara International Academic Publications (GIAP Journals), headquarter at Mira Road, Thane, Maharashtra, has been completely acquired by Maya Global Education Society (MGES), Prayagraj, India, with effect from 25th August 2021. Maya Global Education Society is an emerging confluence of academicians to cater to challenges in the educational and research domain in the post-pandemic world. Its headquarter is at Prayagraj, India.

According to our trusted sources value of this acquisition is around 50,000 USD. MGES claimed that their core activity is developing an online research-based education and training system that will reach all parts of the society irrespective of their economic status.

MGES aims to delve into the following activities:
* Training to academicians on tools and systems to improve students’ engagement in an online environment.
* Training to early researchers on research tools, software, and methodology.
* Training to early professionals and graduates to meet the skills demand of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (based on World Economic Forum suggestions).
* Publication of open access research journals and books (Recently acquired GIAP Journals).
* Distribution of scholarly content to Universities and higher education institutions.

GIAP cofounder and CEO Mrs. Rajni told us in an exclusive interview that the journey of GIAP was like a dream come true. It started in 2012 with loans on personal jewelry. After serving in the academic fraternity for the last 9 years, it was a timely decision for all journals and books to grow under the able guidance of pure academicians and researchers.

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Kitex’s Stock Surged 46% In A Week Post Tussle With Kerala Government



Kitex Vs Pinarayi Vijayan & Kerala Government 2021 | News Aur Chai

The stock of Kitex Garments, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of kids’ garments, based in Kerala, saw a secular uptrend recently, after the company’s announcement that it will relocate to Telangana following a squabble with the Kerala government. The group withdrew a 3,500-crore investment project from Kerala and is planning to move to Telangana with a 1000 crore worth investment project.

Sabu M Jacob, the chairperson and managing director of the Kitex Group, stated his morality forbids him from ever investing a single rupee in Kerala, his native state. The comment brings the confrontation between the Kerala government and the homegrown firm to a close.

What is at the root of the clash?

Kitex has been subjected to repeated inspections by various Kerala government authorities in recent weeks, with group chairperson Sabu Jacob publicly accusing Pinarayi Vijayan’s Left administration of hounding the firm.

The inspections, Jacob said, were intended to “harass” businesses like him and “push him into a corner.” The authorities who came down to examine the firm, he claimed, seemed as though they were on the lookout for thieves and criminals.

P Rajeev, the state’s Industries Minister, emphasized that the government had not conducted any Suo Motu inspections of the firm. While the industries department did not conduct any searches, he said the health and labour agencies did so in response to orders from the Kerala High Court and the National Human Rights Commission based on individual complaints. The accusations are allegedly related to the company’s treatment of employees and the contamination of a nearby river due to wastewater discharge.

A Congress MP and a Congress MLA, and a female employee filed charges against the organization. The charges ranged from polluting a local waterway to harassing employees and violating minimum wage laws.

The Kerala government has denied targeting Kitex on purpose. The inspections were carried out in response to complaints and directives from courts and the state’s human rights commission; according to state industries minister P. Rajeev, he said his government stands for “responsible investment”, and the state would be a hub for such investments in a few years. He added, “The LDF Govt. ensures that sustainable and innovative industries thrive here,”

What was the aftermath of the inspections?

Even though the final findings of the official inspections are still pending, Jacob escalated his feud with the government by announcing that he was cancelling investments worth Rs 3,500 crores that were announced during the ASCEND conference in January 2020. By 2025, the investments were intended at establishing an apparel park and industrial parks along the proposed economic corridor in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Palakkad, resulting in the creation of thousands of employment opportunities.

Without identifying anyone in the state administration, Jacob said that the state lacked a business-friendly environment. While he did not want to relinquish the intended investments in Kerala, he said he was compelled to do so due to political and bureaucratic persecution. He said that although other states in the country were gradually improving their economic environment, Kerala was still 50 years behind.

Jacob and a few Kitex officials went to Hyderabad last week on a private plane supplied by the Telangana government, where they met with a team led by the state’s Industries Minister, KT Rama Rao. The business revealed intentions to spend Rs 1,000 crore in an apparel park at the Kakatiya Mega Textile Park in Warangal after two days of negotiations.

The political consequences of the experiment

Jacob, the founder of the Kitex Group, is an industrialist who has also dabbled in politics. Jacob launched Twenty 20, a one-of-a-kind political experiment that won seats in panchayat elections in 2015 and then built on that success in the 2020 elections by winning seats in new panchayats.
This corporate-driven panchayat model has resulted in a lot of growth in tiny villages, putting both the Congress and the Communist Party of India in danger (Marxist).

Kerala’s rating in terms of ease of doing business

Kerala ranks worse than many other states and union territories when it comes to the ease of doing business. Based on improvements that states were asked to adopt in 2019, it was placed 28th out of 36 states and UTs in the ease of doing business rankings.

Kerala was judged to have failed to implement some labour reforms, such as single-window clearance and measures to ensure simple information flow and transparency.
Following the Kitex withdrawal, however, several groups that had thrived in the state for years came out openly in favour of the state administration.

RPG Enterprise’s chairperson Harsh Goenka publicly tweeted in support of the administration. He stated, “We are the largest employers in Kerala. We find the local government very supportive,”

Where does the company stand in the share market?

With the decision to invest in Telangana, Kitex’s shares were once again trapped in the upper circuit. On Wednesday, the stock soared almost 10%, reaching a record high of Rs 204.05.

Within a week, the stock price of the children’s clothing company rose by almost 85 percent. The stock price increased from Rs 110.05 to Rs 204.05, reaching its highest level in three years. The company’s market capitalization increased to Rs 1,357 crore from Rs 732 crore as a result of this.

Because it controls 55 percent of the firm, the promoter entity, which includes Kitex Managing Director Sabu Jacob, profited Rs 347 crore. Sabu Jacob’s entire share value increased to Rs 754 crore.

Meanwhile, the BSE pressed Kitex for an explanation for the sharp increase in share prices, which the firm attributed to a Rs 1,000 crore investment plan in Telangana.

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