Chief technology officers of Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel quit

Chief technology officers of Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel quit

Chief technology officers of telecom operators Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have resigned from their respective companies.

Reliance Jio Group Chief Technology Officer Jagbir Singh had joined the company before the soft launch of 4G services.

Prior to this assignment, Singh was working with Samsung, and had previously worked with Airtel for about a decade.

According to a source, he is moving back to Delhi but did not disclose any further details.

Email sent to Reliance Jio did not elicit any reply.

Bharti Airtel's Chief Technology Officer for mobile networks, Shyam Prabhakar Mardikar has also put in his papers.

When contacted, Bharti Airtel spokesperson confirmed the development.

According to the source, Mardikar has resigned to move up the ladder in his career path.

Mardikar has been with Airtel since August 2012. This was his second stint with the telecom major. Earlier, he has served Airtel for about a decade from 2001-2010 after quitting his job at the Department of Telecom.

He was serving as CTO of Airtel's mobile network since January 2017.

Mobile internet services suspended in Manipur for 5 days

Mobile internet services suspended in Manipur for 5 days

IMPHAL: Mobile internet services suspended in Manipur for 5 days The Manipur government has suspended mobile internet services for five days to curb rumours-mongering through spread of hate videos and messages in the state.

An order issued yesterday by Special Secretary (Home) Kh Raghumani said the step was taken to prevent spread of rumours "which might have serious repercussion for the law and order situation in the entire state of Manipur."

It said the step was taken to prevent disturbances of peace and public order, besides mob mobilisation.

In the recent past, the state has seen several cases of mob violence and lynching which were triggered allegedly by spread of fake and inciting videos and messages through social media platforms.


Amazon, Myntra on anti-profiteering watch list

Amazon, Myntra on anti-profiteering watch list

Ecommerce companies such as Amazon and Myntra are likely to face an audit by tax authorities to check if they have passed on cuts in goods and services tax (GST) rates to consumers.

The National Anti-Profiteering Authority has directed the director general, audit, to conduct the examination.

The GST Council had slashed tax rates on a host of household products such as chocolates, toothpaste, shampoo, washing powder and shaving creams to 18 per cent from 28 per cent in November last year. More products were shifted to a lower slab or fully exempted at the GST Council’s latest meeting.

Tax authorities have kept a close watch on companies to ensure that rate cuts were being passed on to consumers, with several of them paying excess amounts collected to the government for the consumer welfare fund. They include Nestle and Hindustan Unilever.

Others that got notices were Jubilant FoodWorks (Domino’s Pizza), Hardcastle Restaurants (McDonald’s), retailer Lifestyle International and auto firm Honda Motor, EThas reported previously.

The government carried out a campaign to educate consumers about the tax cuts and what they could do if they found shopkeepers were not complying.

Tax experts say it’s important for ecommerce companies to look at the aspect of refunding excess tax to consumers.

“The objective is to check if excess amount collected before rate reduction has indeed been refunded to buyers or not,” said Anita Rastogi, indirect tax partner, PwC. “Hence, it becomes critical for e platforms to examine this aspect and refund the amount ( if required) as soon as possible.”

Incidentally, the anti-profiteering GST watchdog recently gave relief to Flipkart in a significant ruling on a complaint dealing with voluntary discounts offered by sellers on the platform.

The discount, the authority said, was offered out of the supplier's profit and GST was charged at the appropriate rate and there was no case of antiprofiteering.