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Alibaba crosses $3 billion sales in 5 minutes

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Shanghai, Nov 10 : Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba generated $3 billion in five minutes of its annual 24-hour online shopping sale on Sunday with Apple, Xiomi featuring among the top brands.

It recorded the purchases of products worth $10 billion in the period of little over an hour.

Last year, Alibaba recorded $25 billion in the sales of 24 hours.

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma was present at the gala night for countdown to the Global Shopping Festival 11.11 here.

Los Angeles, Tokyo and Frankfurt were among the global cities that saw orders being placed for goods ranging from diapers to mobiles.

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Business partner of Rajasthan CM’s son under ED scanner

Sharma was summoned by the ED four days ago. The agency suspects that large scale overseas transactions have taken place.

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New Delhi, July 13 : Amid political crisis in Rajasthan, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday conducted raids at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur.

Investor Ratan Kant Sharma, close aide of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son, is under the agency’s scanner.

Sharma had allegedly received around Rs 96.7 crore from Mauritius and has stakes in Hotel Fairmont. Sharma and Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, are business partners.

Sharma was summoned by the ED four days ago. The agency suspects that large scale overseas transactions have taken place.

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Qualcomm to invest Rs 730 cr in Jio Platforms

RIL said recently that the funds raised by selling stakes in Jio Platforms, along with a Rs 53,124-crore rights issue, have made it net debt-free much before its stated March 2021 deadline.

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New Delhi, July 12 : The investment spree into Reliance Industries’ Jio Platforms continues, with technology major Qualcomm coming in with Rs 730 crore to pick up 0.15 per cent stake.

This is the 12th investor to pick up a stake in Reliance Industries Ltd’ (RIL NSE 2.95 %’s) telecom and digital business in less than two months. Qualcomm Ventures’ stake buy will take the total investments in Jio Platforms to Rs 1,18,318.45 crore for a combined 25.24 % holding.

The investment, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, pegs Jio Platforms’ equity value at Rs 4.91 lakh crore and enterprise value at Rs 5.16 lakh crore, Reliance said in the joint statement.

Jio Platforms houses RIL’s telecom business under Reliance Jio Infocomm, the largest in the country with nearly 400 million subscribers, besides other digital properties and investments.

” Qualcomm has been a valued partner for several years and we have a shared vision of connecting everything by building a robust and secure wireless and digital network and extending the benefits of digital connectivity to everyone in India,” said Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director for Reliance Industries. “As a world leader in wireless technologies, Qualcomm offers deep technology knowhow and insights that will help us deliver on our 5G vision and the digital transformation of India for both people and enterprises.” he added.

Qualcomm’s investments come at a time when RIL is pivoting itself as a consumer technology company, away from being just an energy conglomerate. RIL’s Jio is also betting big on 5G for propelling the next set of services .

In fact, RIL has stressed that Reliance Jio is more of a technology company than just a telecom firm, underlined by the fact that the 11 investors who have picked up stake mainly focus on the global technology space.

““With our shared goal of extending the benefits of digital connectivity to everyone and everything, we anticipate Jio Platforms will deliver a new set of services and experiences to Indian consumers,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Prior to Qualcomm ventures, Intel Capital , social media firm Facebook, Abu Dhabi’s two largest sovereign investment arms – Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Mubadala, private equity firms Silver Lake (which invested in two tranches), Vista Equity Partners, General Atlantic, KKR, TPG, L Catterton and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), have invested in Jio Platforms.

Amongst the earlier investments, Jio Platforms has received all the approvals for its stake sales to L Catterton, Public Investment Firm (PIF) , Silver Lake and General Atlantic Singapore, and has got a total of Rs 30,062.43 crore against a 6.13,% stake.

On July 9, Jio Platforms received the investment amount from Facebook for Rs43,574 crore against a 9.99% stake – highest among the investments. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved Facebook’s purchase of the deal marking the culmination of a deal which saw possibly the largest FDI investment in India’s tech landscape.

RIL said recently that the funds raised by selling stakes in Jio Platforms, along with a Rs 53,124-crore rights issue, have made it net debt-free much before its stated March 2021 deadline.

Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to Reliance Industries and AZB & Partners and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as legal counsels. Trilegal acted as legal counsel for Qualcomm Ventures.

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V-shaped recovery unlikely for Indian economy: Survey

The package focussed broadly on saving lives and on undertaking deep structural reforms, the report said.

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New Delhi, July 12 : India is unlikely to witness a sharp turnaround in its economic growth amid the pandemic as there has been limited fiscal support from the government so far, according to a survey of economists by FICCI.

FICCI”s recent Economic Outlook Survey has shown that economists feel majority of the steps taken by the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) address only the supply side constraints, while there have been no major moves to boost demand, which is the need of the hour.

The current round of the survey was conducted in the month of June 2020 and drew responses from leading economists representing industry, banking, and the financial services sector.

“Economists also stressed that India was unlikely to witness a sharp turnaround in economic growth given the limited fiscal support extended till now,” said the FICCI report.

The opinion of economists gain significance as many people including from the government and industry have time and again raised hope that India will see a “V-shaped” recovery.

The survey predicts a 4.5 per cent contraction in India’s GDP in the ongoing financial year.

The survey showed that participating economists were of the view that government measures in the stimulus 2.0, which is popularly called the ”Aatmanirbhar Bharat” economic package would take a long time for on-ground implementation and tangible results to be witnessed.

The package focussed broadly on saving lives and on undertaking deep structural reforms, the report said.

“They strongly felt that the package could provide more measures to boost demand conditions in the economy as reviving demand should currently hold greater importance. Therefore, a need for undertaking direct income transfers to the most vulnerable section of the population and unemployed poor was felt by a majority of the participants,” it said.

Economists were of the view that apart from pure cash transfers, the government could also consider GST reductions especially in the non essential goods segment which has the potential to drive demand. Furthermore, some sort of tax waivers could also be undertaken for low income groups.

Alongside, sector specific measures could also support recovery in a big way, the FICCI report said.

Sectors with high backward and forward linkages such as automobile, construction among others could be revived without incurring much fiscal strain, it said among other suggestions.

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