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Global Internet users to reach 3.47 billion this year

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New Delhi, Dec 7: With the sudden surge in smartphone adoption taking place in India and Vietnam and user base is likely to escalate by almost 20 per cent in both countries, the year will see 3.47 billion people using the Internet, according to market research firm eMarketer.

Internet users will represent 46.8 per cent of the global population and mobile phones will be the primary device for Internet access, used by 2.73 billion people, news agency IANS quoted citing the firm’s report.

According to  the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and market research firm IMRB International, the number of Internet users in India is anticipated to reach 450-465 million. The report claimed that overall Internet penetration in India was presently around 31 per cent.

Developing digital markets in Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa will witness the fastest Internet user growth from 2017-21, driven by increasing mobile broadband coverage and smartphone adoption.

By 2019, more than half of the world will access the Internet on regular basis and in 2021 more than four billion people will be online.

However, Internet user growth will scale down from 6.1 per cent this year to 3.5 per cent by 2021 as Intenet use hits saturation, the report asserted.

On the other hand, tablet penetration among Internet users will reduce this year.

About 32.9 per cent of Internet users at global front will access a tablet this year, down from 33.2 per cent in 2016.

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Tata, GE comes together to manufacture jet engine components

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Mumbai, Dec 14: Industrial conglomerates GE and the Tata Group have joined hands to manufacture “CFM International LEAP” engine components in India, for the global supply chain, a company statement said here on Thursday.

As per the statement, the two firms also evinced their intention to jointly pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the Indian market, news agency IANS reported.

“We look forward to working with GE to build more expertise and strengthen India’s defence manufacturing capabilities,” stated N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons.

“Tata group’s partnership with GE will help drive synergies in defence manufacturing and focus on innovation to support our armed forces,” he further added.

The strategic partnership indicates GE Aviation and Tata Sons’ subsidiary, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), in a bid to join forces for “manufacturing, assembling, integration and testing of aircraft components” IANS reported.

Adding to this, a new Centre of Excellence (COE) will be built to develop a robust ecosystem for aircraft engine manufacturing in India and establish related capabilities.

“Tata Group is a leader in the Indian defence and aerospace sector, and we look forward to working together to meet the growing demand for LEAP engines. Our collaboration in building innovative technologies will support the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Indian government,” said John L. Flannery, Chairman and CEO of GE.

The “LEAP” is one of the world’s leading jet engines known for its technological superiority, efficient fuel consumption and performance for powering single-aisle commercial jets.

Traditionally, GE military engines have had a intense history in India. At present, the company provides jet engines and marine gas turbines for many Indian military applications including the Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas Mk 1, Indian Navy P-8I aircraft and the P-17 Shivalik class frigates.

While on the other hand, TASL is focused on providing integrated solutions for aerospace, defence and security.

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Remove ‘bail-in’ clause in FRDA Bill: Assocham

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Assocham's Secretary General D.S. Rawat . (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, Dec 14 : Assocham on Thursday urged the government to remove a clause in the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDA) Bill that seeks to treat bank depositors as other creditors and shareholders for “bail-in”.

Assocham Secretary General D.S. Rawat said that in the Indian context, the concept of bail-in — especially by depositors — should be completely done away with and their money in the banks has to be protected at all costs.

“Otherwise, the trust in the banking system runs the risk of being eroded and the savings by the households would find way into unproductive avenues like real estate, gold, jewellery and even in unorganized and informal financial markets run by unscrupulous people,” said Rawat.

According to Assocham, panic has arisen among bank depositors largely due to “bail-in” clause in the Bill which was being tried for the first time in the Indian financial markets.

The industry body also sought the government’s assurance to protect depositors’ interest in case of a bank going down under. This should be clarified in the Bill, it said.

Rawat said middle class families, and especially pensioners and aged people, have no social security and thus bank deposits were the only financial security for their life-time savings.

“In any case, the rising cost of health, which is mostly available in the private sector, is hurting this class. Any move to copy the Western model of ‘bail-in’ must be avoided,” he added.

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Petroleum products could be taxed above GST: Bihar Deputy CM

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Even if petroleum products are brought under Goods and Service Tax regime, central and state governments will be free to levy taxes over and above the GST slabs, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said on Thursday.

“… I want to clarify one thing — in whichever country the petroleum products are part of the GST, they are in the highest tax slab, and the states and Centre are free to levy taxes over and above the GST rates. It is the case everywhere in the world,” said Modi, who is the Bihar Finance Minister and a member of the GST Council.

“People feel if petroleum products come under the GST, the highest tax will be 28 per cent. But since 40 per cent of the state and central revenues come from petroleum products, they will have the liberty to levy taxes over and above the GST rate,” Modi said at FICCI Annual General Meeting here.

He said the GST Council was discussing the issue of bringing electricity, real estate, and petroleum under the GST ambit in coming days.

The Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said that whenever the GST Council decided, petroleum products would become a part of the GST without any need for a constitutional amendment.

He said that revenue from petroleum products would not get reduced under the GST but “it would be around the same amount of taxation”.

“Yet, if they come under the GST, it will benefit the industry and the people,” Modi said.

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