IT sector to grow by 2% to $194 bn, add 138,000 employees in FY21: Nasscom

At a time when global output is estimated to have shrunk by 3.2 per cent, led by the 2020 pandemic, the Indian Technology sector rallied round to grow at 2.3 per cent year-on-year on the back of acceleration in digital transformation and tech adoption said the industry body National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) in its Strategic Review 2021 titled, ‘New World: The Future is Virtual’.

The Indian IT industry body said that the sector is all set to clock revenue of $194 billion for FY2021, an increase of 2 per cent from $190 billion in FY2020. Exports are expected to touch $150 billion for FY21.

Despite a difficult start of CY2020, which saw several players pressure on pricing and contracts, the Indian IT services segment is all set to grow 2.7 per cent to $99 billion. Given a strong recovery in the second half of FY21, the industry body stated that on the back of increased digital focus and tech spending the overall deal pipeline is at a robust $15 billion.

“The year 2020 turned out to be a stress test of our resilience. Many analyst

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Times Group sends legal notice to BARC, demands Rs 450 crore in damages

Media giant on Sunday said it has sent a legal notice to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), alleging the TV rating agency “deliberately reduced” its English channel’s viewership at the behest of a rival launched in 2017 and demanded compensation of Rs 450 crore.

The notice, which follows the probe by the city police into the fake TRP case, in which former officials from BARC and the Arnab Goswami-promoted Republic have been arrested, was sent by MZM Legal LLP on behalf of Bennett, Coleman and Co (BCCL) on February 11.

“Times Now’s viewership numbers were deliberately and in a concerted manner, reduced for giving benefit to the newly launched Channel, which has considerably and adversely impacted the revenue, growth, reputation, goodwill and image of Times Now channel and the at the national and international level, the notice, a copy of which was seen by PTI, said.

It also said that the BARC wilfully and deliberately did not take action on the findings of a July 2020 report commissioned following whistleblower allegations about TRP (television rating points) manipulation.

When contacted, BARC declined

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Expecting Second Child

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expecting their second child, their spokesman told British media in a Valentine’s Day announcement on Sunday.

The couple released a black and white image of them under a tree, all smiles, with Markle, 39, showing signs of pregnancy.

“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” the spokesman said, referring to the couple’s son. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

Meghan and Harry, 36, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, quit frontline royal duties in March last year and now live in California.

The news follows Markle’s disclosure in The New York Times in November that she had suffered a miscarriage in July.

Harry left the UK last year amid acrimony and a reported rift with his brother Prince William, second in line to the throne

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and wish them well.”

Misan Harriman, a friend of the couple who took the photograph they released, wrote on Twitter: “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this

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