Amid the protests, spare a thought for the persecuted

2019-12-20T17:10:33+00:00December 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

India’s new law on Citizenship has been introduced to offer asylum in India to persecuted minorities; it is about protecting human rights, not taking them away, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. The world must be watching with somewhat mild bemusement as protests against the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) hit the headlines, but amid the shrill sloganeering it is important not to lose perspective of what lies at the core of the new legislation. The tenets of [...]

India’s measured move on RCEP an opportunity for Australia

2019-11-18T12:15:37+00:00November 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The head of a corporate advisory firm specialising in Australia–India relations analyses the many reasons why India pulled out of RCEP, and how this provides sufficient elbow room to  partner countries like Australia to resolve their issues bilaterally with India. Highlights: The removal of tariffs from over 90 goods would have increased the deficit to a much higher level impacting the Indian economy. The dumping of products like cheap rubber, coffee, tea, pepper, coconut from ASEAN nations would have heavily [...]

Dubai International Financial Centre to support fintech start-ups with India

2019-08-30T12:02:52+00:00August 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) recently signed a deal with the government of Maharashtra in India in a bid to propel and support fintech start-ups in both the markets. The financial hub's innovative and flexible licencing will enable Indian fintech firms to scale their businesses across the Middle East Africa and South Asia. DIFC will provide tailored solutions to support the start-ups growth in fast-growing emerging markets. Start-ups based in the Centre will gain access to a $100m (Dh367 [...]

Fuji Electric to acquire UPS maker Consul Neowatt

2019-06-21T14:47:33+00:00June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Fuji Electric Co. Ltd has agreed to acquire Consul Neowatt Power Solutions Pvt. Ltd, a Chennai-based maker of power backup equipment, from private equity fund Peepul Capital and some individual shareholders. The Japanese electrical equipment maker said in a statement it will use Consul Neowatt’s network of sales and service centres to expand its power electronics systems business in India, targeting mainly the manufacturing industry and the data centre market. Fuji Electric will also use the manufacturing infrastructure and product [...]

OYO to invest $300mn to boost US presence

2019-06-21T14:40:11+00:00June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

OYO Hotels & Homes has announced plans to invest $300 million over the next few years to grow its presence in the US. OYO Hotels & Homes currently offers its unique service at popular cities across the US, including Dallas, Houston, Augusta, Atlanta, and Miami, and promises to soon expand its presence to cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, according to a company statement. The additional investment will be directed towards the company’s growth in the region, [...]

Tech Mahindra signs pact with Airbus

2019-06-21T14:35:57+00:00June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Software and business re-engineering services firm Tech Mahindra announced the signing of a multi-year contract with Airbus for cabin and cargo design engineering. Karthikeyan Natarajan, Global Head of Engineering and IoT, Tech Mahindra, said in a statement: "Airbus is a strategic customer and partner of Tech Mahindra and it has been our constant endeavour to develop innovative engineering and digital solutions for our customers. "This will strengthen our aerospace engineering portfolio, especially in areas like cabin engineering and customer services.” [...]

Blackstone Group buys One BKC building in Mumbai

2019-06-19T09:58:16+00:00June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In the year’s largest commercial real estate deal so far, US-based private equity firm Blackstone Group Lp has acquired a marquee office building in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) for approximately $357 million (Rs 2,500 crore). Owned and developed by Mumbai-based real estate firm Radius Developers, the eight-storey building, One BKC, is spread across 700,000 sq ft and is fully leased out. Some of the big tenants include Bank of America, Facebook, Merril Lynch, Cisco and Amazon. Blackstone is also [...]

Swiggy to raise fresh funds from Carlyle Group

2019-06-19T08:09:57+00:00June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Food delivery unicorn Swiggy is in talks to raise money from US-based private equity fund Carlyle Group. If Carlyle does invest, it would mark only its second Indian technology start-up bet, after backing e-commerce logistics firm Delhivery—first in 2017 and later in March this year. Carlyle could invest up to $200 million at a valuation of $4.5 billion which Swiggy (Bundl Technologies Pvt. Ltd) is seeking, a jump from the $3.3 billion it was valued at in December. Founded in [...]

Xiaomi partner sets up plant in Greater Noida

2019-06-19T07:40:56+00:00June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Xiaomi’s component supplier Holitech Technology said it has set up its first component manufacturing plant in Greater Noida and would invest around $200 million over three years in India. Holitech, which provides components to the world’s top companies, excluding Apple, had previously announced an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up a plant in Tirupati. Those talks didn’t fructify. The UP government had extended several incentives to set up the plants under the state’s electronics manufacturing policy, Holitech [...]

Hexaware acquires US-based Mobiquity

2019-06-18T12:24:18+00:00June 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

IT services company Hexaware Technologies Ltd has acquired US-based digital services firm Mobiquity for $182 million in an all-cash deal, the company said in an exchange filing. With a presence across three continents, Mobiquity is one of the largest independent customer experience consulting firms specialising in creating frictionless multi-channel digital experiences using cloud technologies, the company said. R. Srikrishna, CEO, Hexaware Technologies, said: “Mobiquity strengthens two of our key strategic offerings: Cloudify Everything and Customer Experience Transformation. We are seeing [...]