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Sensex, Nifty hit record closing high

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Mumbai, April 16: Major Indian indices — Sensex and Nifty — closed at their highest-ever on Tuesday riding strong and sustained foreign fund inflows and bets of yet another rate cut over a near-normal monsoon forecast.

Both indices touched their all-time highs — Sensex at 39,364.34 and Nifty 11,810.95 — during the early trade and mostly held on to the gains throughout the day, led primarily by banking stocks, though closed slightly lower from the peaks.

The BSE Sensex advanced by 369.80 points or 0.95 per cent to 39,275.64 and the broader Nifty jumped 96.80 points or 0.83 per cent to 11,787.15.

“The sentiment got a fillip due to the near-normal monsoon forecast. The (Dalal) Street is also anticipating further rate cuts to reverse the economic slowdown and sensing a return of consumption demand post elections,” said Devang Mehta, Head – Equity Advisory, Centrum Wealth Management.

“The banks continue to have a lion’s share in the ongoing rally and the onus to lead the earnings for Nifty will lie with the private banks. With two good primary market listings in two days and an upbeat mood, all eyes are now on the ongoing fourth-quarter earnings season.”

Jet Airways witnessed a steep decline and closed 7.62 per cent lower as the struggling-to-stay-afloat airline awaits operational funding from the lenders. However, Jet’s competitor like Indigo marched higher to end 7.35 per cent up.

SpiceJet also finished on a strong note, up 11.19 per cent after it informed the exchanges that it will induct five 90-seater Q400 Bombardier aircraft in the next 10 days.

IT major Wipro ended 2.45 per cent lower. It reported a 38 per cent rise in its year-on-year net profit for the fourth quarter of 2018-19.

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No lay-offs by Wipro amid crorona crisis, no such plan

The Bengaluru-headquartered IT behemoth employs more than 1.75 lakh people in several countries across the globe.

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Azim Premji Wipro

Bengaluru, July 13 : Global software major Wipro has not laid off any employee during the Covid-19 pandemic nor has any such plan at the moment, a top company official said on Monday.

“I just want to give comfort and say this categorically that we have not laid off a single employee as the pandemic unfolded,” Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji said at the company”s 74th annual general meeting (AGM) held virtually.

“At the moment, we have no plans to lay off anybody at the company,” he said, replying to a female shareholder.

“We are trying to drive cost deductions through various other means operationally and otherwise,” said Premji.

The Bengaluru-headquartered IT behemoth employs more than 1.75 lakh people in several countries across the globe.

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Google to invest Rs 75,000 crore to boost digitisation in India

The investment will focus on four areas important to India’s digitisation– first enabling affordable access to information to every Indian in their own language.

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New Delhi, July 13 : Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday announced a Google for India digitisation fund through which, the company will invest Rs 75,000 crore or approximately $10 billion over the next five to seven years to help India go digital.

“We will do this through a mix of equity investment, partnerships and an operational infrastructure ecosystem in India. This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy,” Pichai said during the Google for India virtual conference.

The investment will focus on four areas important to India’s digitisation– first enabling affordable access to information to every Indian in their own language.

“Second, building new products and services that are deeply relevant to India”s unique needs. Third, empowering businesses to continue or embark on digital transformation. And fourth, leveraging technology and Artificial Intelligence for social good in areas like health, agriculture and education,” the Google CEO said.

India’s Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were also present during the conference.

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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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Ashok Gehlot

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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