Amazon takes on Swiggy, Zomato; rolls out food delivery services in India

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com Inc is rolling out services to deliver food in India, pitting it against established players and in a market that has seen explosive growth in the last few years.


already has a strong presence in India with its e-commerce business and the food delivery services would only add an attractive option for the company that has been investing heavily in the country.



“Customers have been telling us for some time that they would like to order prepared meals on in addition to shopping for all other essentials,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company had rolled out the feature in Bengaluru.


Sources told Reuters last year that the Seattle-based company was planning to enter the highly competitive business in India, but the move was delayed as the company tried to sort out logistical issues.

 





Amazon launched its Prime services in India in 2016 and already offers services such as video and music streaming as well as grocery delivery in many cities across the country.


The company’s move comes at a time when

China Parliament Eyes Hong Kong National Security Law After Unrest

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China’s parliament said Thursday it will introduce a proposal for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move likely to stoke unrest in the financial hub.

Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after the semi-autonomous city was rocked by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests last year.

The proposal will be introduced on Friday, the first day of the National People’s Congress, and would strengthen “enforcement mechanisms” in the financial hub, the parliament’s spokesman Zhang Yesui said.

China’s parliament considers it “necessary to improve and uphold the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy,” Zhang said, referring to the arrangement that has underpinned the city’s liberties and free market economy.

Article 23 of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, says the city must enact national security laws to prohibit “treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion” against the Chinese government.

But the clause has never been implemented due to deeply held public fears it would curtail Hong Kong’s widely cherished civil rights.

The city enjoys freedoms unseen on the Chinese mainland which are protected by an agreement made before former Britain handed the territory back to Beijing in 1997.

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Finance Ministry cautiously optimistic about economic revival in late FY21

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The government said on Wednesday that it was aware of the effect of the on economic activity in the country and was cautiously optimistic about the revival of growth later in the year.


In its macroeconomic report, the did not reveal its projections for 20120-21. It, however, said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had projected India’s GDP growth in FY 2020-21 at 1.9 per cent and 7.4 per cent a year later.



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Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian also pegged the GDP growth at 2 per cent for FY’21.


His predecessor Arvind Subramanian, however, had doubted IMF’s projections and said the projection was too optimistic.

RIL’s Nowfloats forays into tele-medicine, looks to rope in 100,000 doctors

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Reliance Industries-owned Nowfloats on Wednesday announced its foray into the tele-medicine vertical with an initial target to bring 100,000 on board in the next 3-4 months.


The company will gradually expand to other tele-medicine ecosystems like e-pharmacy, health check-ups and healthcare related service.



“We have on boarded 6,000 who can provide consultation to patients over online video. Patients will not need to download a separate app for accessing They will get a link from the doctor on Whatsapp or any other messaging platform that can be accessed in a browser,” Nowfloats head of research, Nikhil Salkar told PTI.


He said that the company has developed technology that can enable a doctor to provide online consultation in nine minutes.


“Patients can search for doctors online. We have search engine optimisation embedded in the website that we develop for doctors which will show them based on their ratings,” Salkar said.


The company will charge doctors Rs 1,000 onwards per month for the service and Rs 10,000 onwards for online video consulting service.


“We have 50,000 SMEs on our platform which includes 6,000

Ford Temporarily Closed Factory After Two COVID-19 Cases

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Ford was forced to temporarily close an auto manufacturing plant in Chicago after two workers tested positive for coronavirus, the company told AFP on Wednesday.

The incident on Tuesday highlights the difficulties facing US automakers, which restarted up production on Monday after shutting down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“When two employees who returned to work this week tested positive for COVID-19, we immediately notified people known to have been in close contact with the infected individuals and asked them to self-quarantine for 14 days,” a Ford spokeswoman said.

“Due to incubation time, we know these employees did not contract COVID-19 while at work,” the spokeswoman said.

She said “the work area, equipment, team area and the path that the team member took” have been disinfected and the plant had resumed operations by Tuesday night.

The employees worked in an area about a mile away from the main plant, where the Ford Explorer and Interceptor and the Lincoln Aviator are manufactured.

United Auto Workers spokesman Brian Rothenberg said an entire section of the plant employing 5,800 people was closed, with most workers evacuated.

“The protocols are being followed to the ‘T,'” he said.

Union officials and experts had

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