Author Archives: Loknath

Back-To-School Shopping 2019: The Best Laptops, Tech and Gadgets

Like it or not, another school year is right around the corner. Supply lists are out and, as curriculum is more and more digitized, good tech is just as much of a part of a child’s back-to-school gear out as a backpack, pencils and notebooks. But what do you send them back to school with? Do they require a laptop? ... Read More »

India Post Payments Bank to be converted into small finance bank

New Delhi: The postal department said it has decided to convert the India Post Payments Bank into a small finance bank, enabling it to offer small loans to customers. Besides, the department looks to open one crore accounts for IPPB in 100 days. The decisions were taken at the annual Heads of Circles Conference held at Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir from July ... Read More »

The Ultimate University Gadget Guide

Heading to university in September? Then you’re likely to need to spend part of your summer hunting down all the gear you’ll need for surviving your course and living independently. To help make the ordeal as painless as possible, we’ve compiled this Ultimate University Survival Guide. It includes every gadget you’ll need for the years ahead, whether that’s a laptop ... Read More »

Yes, Virginia, 2019’s First Department Store Christmas Kicked Off in July

There’s nothing like an impending heatwave to remind you to stock up on summertime essentials like bottled water, portable fans, and… Christmas tree ornaments? While a $110 figurine of Santa doing yoga  might not seem like a seasonally appropriate summer purchase, that didn’t stop British luxury retailer Selfridges from becoming, as it proclaimed on Monday, “the first department store in the world to launch ... Read More »

Luxury Retailer Selfridges Opens Christmas Shop 149 Days Early Despite Heatwave

Topline: Selfridges, the British luxury department store, has launched its Christmas range at its flagship Oxford Street store a record 149 days early, in a bid to cash in on souvenir-hunting visitors and replicate previous commercial success of the early festive launch. The store has released 600 product lines, with the full, 3,500-line range coming on September 2 under a ... Read More »

Fincare Small Finance expanding networks in Andhra Pradesh

Fincare Small Finance Bank is expanding its branch and outlet networks in Andhra Pradesh, “a key market in South India”. “We have a number of banking outlets – 108 – in Andhra Pradesh and we have seven branches in the State, the seventh being the Vizag one. We will open the next branch in Kakinada,” said Rajeev Yadav, Managing Director ... Read More »

How Christmas in July Plagued Trumpworld This Week

Christmas in July, what a concept. You wait for a thing all year long, but then—boom—there the thing is five months early, like a blessing. It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but that’s the fun, isn’t it? The dark reds and greens clash against the clear blue skies and yellow sunlight of summer. “Hey, there’s no snow on this ... Read More »

Finance (No 2) Bill-2019 is unconstitutional and unrealistic: P Chidambaram

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman It takes a lot of courage to speak in a House of Parliament where the Opposition benches are empty. That is precisely what the Finance Minister, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, did on July 23, 2019, in the Rajya Sabha! She piloted her maiden Finance Bill, the Rajya Sabha (minus the Opposition) ‘considered and returned’ the Bill, and all ... Read More »

Higher Education Grants to Minority Students Saw Significant Dip in Last 5 Years, Govt Data Reveals

New Delhi: In what is likely to impact the morale of students from minority communities pursuing higher education in the country, a data provided by the government shows there has been a significant decrease in the number of scholarships granted and in the number of students who have benefited from these grants in the last five years. The allocation of scholarships ... Read More »

Mahindra Finance registers 66% fall in consolidated net profit to Rs 108.5 crore

Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services (Mahindra Finance) has posted a decline of 66 per cent in its consolidated net profit to Rs 108.50 crore in the first quarter ended June 30, the company said on July 23. It had registered a net profit of Rs 322.30 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year. Total income (consolidated) was, however, ... Read More »