Model GST law: Flipkart, Snapdeal to deduct tax at source

Image result for Model GST law: Flipkart, Snapdeal to deduct tax at sourceE-commerce operators like Flipkart and Snapdeal will have to deduct TCS (tax collected at source) while making payments to their suppliers, according to the new model GST law, which has done away with the definition of ‘aggregator’.

Explaining the changes in the provision, experts said the proposal will increase the compliance burden on e-commerce operators as they will have to deduct 2% TCS and deposit it with the government.

The measure, Nangia & Co director Rajat Mohan said, will not increase the incidence of taxation on consumers as the supplier will get tax credit for the TCS.

The model GST law provides for 1% TCS to be deducted by the e-commerce operators.

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According to experts, this would mean that a similar amount will have to be levied on inter-state movement of goods, taking the total TCS deduction to 2% although burden on consumers will not increase.

Mohan further said in case of return of goods by the consumer, the e-commerce companies will not have to deduct TCS as there is no actual sale.

The draft model GST law does not provide any definition of ‘aggregators’, saying that the government would later come out with a notification specifying which type of businesses would be covered under the term.


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Aggregators mainly include Ola, Uber and UrbanClap which work as platforms for providing transport and other services. The TCS provision will not apply to aggregators.


E-commerce companies will also have to file returns on the TCS deductions.


The model law has defined ‘electronic commerce’ as supply of goods or services, including digital products, over electronic network.

‘Electronic commerce operator’ would mean those persons who own, operate or manage digital or electronic facility or platform for electronic commerce.

Google’s Pixel has 10% premium smartphone market share in India: Analysts

Image result for Google's Pixel has 10% premium smartphone market share in India: AnalystsGoogle has captured a 10% share of the premium smartphone segment in India after what analysts said was a strong initial showing with its Pixel, which took advantage of the absence of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 in the market.

Google shipped 33,000 units of Pixel to India as of October end, becoming the No 3 player for the month in the segment where the smartphone costs Rs 30,000 or more. Apple has trumped Samsung to capture the No 1 position in this segment. “A refreshing and feature-packed Pixel is making for a good proposition against Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s S series,” analysts at Counterpoint Research said.

Apple had a 66% share of the high-end smartphone market as of last month, as shipments of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus outdid those of Samsung Galaxy S7 and other variants. Samsung had a 23% share. “Google does not want to miss out on the opportunities and is leaving no stones unturned with heavy spend on marketing. Going by spends on advertisement and offers provided by the company, Pixel is sure to maintain its market share if not extend it in the quarter,” Counterpoint said.

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The search giant, which started selling its first made-by-Google phone in India on October 25, was offering no-cost EMIs starting Rs 3,167 for all online and offline purchases. It was also offering cashback of Rs 7,000 for HDFC card holders who wanted to buy the phone, which has a starting price of Rs 57,000.


Google had also run an exchange programme on Flipkart, which took pre-orders from October 13 to November 25, where an extra discount of Rs 5,000 was offered. While Google didn’t share the advertising expenditure, it has run a 360 degree campaign in the top seven cities, print and digital, to build the brand.




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“We are very enthused by the feedback from Indian customers and the initial response for Pixel has been extremely positive and in line with our expectations,” a Google India spokesperson said. “Pixel is Google’s take on the total user experience as we envision it — bringing the best of Google’s software, such as the Google Assistant, with hardware that really brings the experience to life,” he said.

The Alphabet-owned company showcased Pixel and Pixel XL in key stores of large-format retail chains including Croma, Reliance Digital, Spice Mobility and Jumbo, a strategy adopted by the company for the first time to catch eyeballs in the retail market.

Lenovo, Oppo, Xiaomi sales grew at lightning speed last fiscal: IDC

Image result for Lenovo, Oppo, Xiaomi sales grew at lightning speed last fiscal: IDCIn a clear sign of Chinese aggression in Indian’s smartphone market, three of the largest Chinese brands — Lenovo, Oppo and Xiaomi — grew sales last fiscal at a lighting pace, rarely seen in the industry.

Lenovo India that owns two brands — Lenovo and Motorola, almost doubled revenue on a large base during 2015-16, while Oppo more than quadrupled sales, edging closer to the Rs 1,000 crore milestone in just the second year of its operations in the country.

Xiaomi, on the other hand, clocked record sales of over 2 million units in the July-September quarter, its highest in India since it started operations, paving the way for a record year with the company selling more than a million phones in October.

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Lenovo India’s turnover touched Rs 10,484 crore in 2015-16 compared with Rs 5,602.84 crore the fiscal before, aided by expansion of the Lenovo brand smartphones in the offline channel and success of its Motorola brand in online sales.

China’s largest smartphone maker Oppo’s sale in India grew to Rs 934 crore last fiscal as compared to Rs 211.5 crore in 2014-15, as per the filings. For Xiaomi too, an expansion in the offline market and adding new online partners through the year, coupled with large product portfolio and manufacturing capacity to meet demand, have lead to a 150% volumes growth.

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According to the Hong Kong–based market tracker Counterpoint Research, the share of Chinese brands has increased from 18% to 32% in the past one year in the Indian smartphone market driven by growth of players like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo.


But the biggest loser in this battle is Micromax. ET recently reported Micromax’s decline in annual revenues for the first time in 2015-16 when sales fell by 6% at Rs 9,825.46 crore as against Rs 10,450.47 crore in the previous year. Even in 2014-15, Micromax sales grew 47%.


As per IDC, Lenovo-Motorola also overtook Micromax as the second largest smartphone maker in India in the quarter ended September.

Xiaomi sold over 2 million smartphones between July-September in India: IDC

Image result for Xiaomi sold over 2 million smartphones between July-September in India: IDCChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi clocked record sales of over 2 million units in the July-September quarter, its highest ever in India since it started operations, paving way for a record year with the company selling more than a million phones in October.

Expansion in the offline market and adding new online partners through the year, coupled with large product portfolio and manufacturing capacity to meet consumer demand, have lead to a 150% growth in volumes sales in the quarter, compared to 2015.

“We crossed 2 million plus sales in one quarter in third quarter for the first time, compared with our performance last year, we have attained more than 150% growth year-on-year,” Manu Jain, head of India operations said, citing International Data Corporation (IDC). Third quarter this year was the best for the smartphone industry with the highest ever number of smartphones shipped into India – 32.3 million.

“Mi India has been warmly welcomed by users, which is why we are one of the fastest growing brands in the smartphone industry today – one out of every four smartphones sold online was Xiaomi,” he added.

Reddit CEO Admits to Tampering Hate Comments From Donald Trump Supporters

Reddit CEO Admits to Tampering Hate Comments From Donald Trump SupportersIn a shocking revelation, CEO of hugely popular Internet message board Reddit – Steve Huffman – has admitted that he used his admin rights to edit some of hate comments from Donald Trump supporters, directed at him on the website. However, Huffman has clarified that instead of editing the content, he replaced his own username to change the target of the insults.

Huffman said that he replaced his own username in the insult comments from members of the pro-Donald Trump subreddit, r/the_donald, with those of the moderators of same subreddit. Huffman was receiving insult comments from this particular community and decided to fiddle with the comments for “about an hour.”

Huffman, who operates with username spez on the website said in his post, “Yep. I messed with the “f*** u/spez” comments, replacing “spez” with r/the_donald mods for about an hour… As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now.

Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.”

Addressing another issue referred to as “Pizzagate” regarding a popular conspiracy theory that tries to link Hillary Clinton with a secret paedophile ring, Huffman said, “It’s been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff. As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a paedophile constantly.”

Reddit banned the “Pizzagate” conspiracy board from its website on Thursday citing its policy against posting personal information of other people.

Even though Huffman has said that he will not be making changes to the user comments in future, the site might end up losing some trust from its users after the entire episode.

Nokia Android Phone With Entry-Level Specifications Spotted on Benchmark Site

Nokia Android Phone With Entry-Level Specifications Spotted on Benchmark SiteThe Finnish company Nokia is trying its luck once again at smartphone manufacturing, and this time things look certain as Nokia is about to re-enter the smartphone market at MWC 2017 to be held in Barcelona. The company behind the Nokia’s smartphone launch – HMD Global – has confirmed that it will attend MWC next year. A handful of mid-range and top-end Nokia smartphones have already been spotted on benchmark sites. Now, there is a new entrant to the list that has appeared on Geekbench with specifications that point to it being an entry-level device.

As per the Geekbench listing, a new entry level device with the name Nokia Pixel is seen running Android 7.0.1 Nougat. The smartphone is also seen powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. The CPU is a dual-core variant at a clock speed of 1.19GHz. It is also said to support Quick Charge 3.0 technology inside to charge the battery. Under the tests run by Geekbench, the Nokia Pixel scored 404 on the single-core test while it resulted with 661 on the multi-core test. It is likely the name of the smartphone will change before being commercially launched.


Nokia’s D1C is already in limelight with its launch anticipated to happen next year at MWC. The Nokia D1C in September was listed on Geekbench that quite revealed the specifications under its hood. There are other smartphones that have appeared as well in public and are rumoured to be launched at MWC – Nokia 5320, Nokia 1490.

Recently, according to a Chinese tipster, Nokia’s unnamed upcoming smartphone is said to feature a 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch screen size. The rumours also claim that the smartphone will sport 2K (QHD) display which means that the handset may belong to the high-end category. HMD Global will bring Nokia back to the mobile world and the upcoming Nokia smartphones will be manufactured by Foxconn. In May, Nokia granted HMD Global the exclusive licence to create Nokia-branded Android mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years.

iPhone 7 Allegedly Burns Woman While Sleeping

iPhone 7 Allegedly Burns Woman While SleepingAn Australian woman has alleged that she got severe burns due to a charging iPhone 7. The woman shared the experience in a Facebook post and claimed that her recently bought iPhone 7 was on charging while she fell asleep on it.

“I recently purchased an Apple iPhone 7 and accidentally fell asleep with my arm on my phone whilst it was charging. I was woken up by sudden pain, pins and needles, numbness and shortness of breath,” Melanie Tan Pelaez wrote in her Facebook post.

Notably, the reported incident occurred last month and Pelaez claims that she informed Apple’s “executive team” through their website. Apple took the iPhone 7 for its internal testing though Pelaez is yet to hear anything from Apple.
Pelaez told Fairfax Media that she repeatedly wrote to Apple for taking some action in the case though received no response from the Cupertino-based company. The delay in response from Apple forced Pelaez to make the issue public. After the post became viral and was covered by media, Pelaez said Apple contacted her to find out how she was, but added that there were no answers that could be provided yet from the investigation. She added that Apple then offered a replacement phone, however, she refused one.
“I have been an iPhone user since the beginning and have never had an issue or concern, so it’s really scary and disappointing that something like this happened and can happen to someone else,” she added in her post.

Of course, it is not very wise to cover an electronic device – especially when it is charging. Most such devices without active cooling systems like fans are designed to radiate heat into the atmosphere. Also, prolonged exposure to even ‘warm’ devices can cause burns, making the entire case just an example of what not to do with a charging smartphone. Apple on its own iPhone user guide, in the Important safety information section, notes that sleeping or sitting on iPhone that’s in use or charging, or on the Lightning to USB Cable while it is plugged into a power source.

This is not the first case where a user has received burns because of iPhone. Earlier this year, a man in New South Wales reportedly sustained severe burns when his iPhone 6 exploded in his back pocket. The burn was so severe that he had to undergo skin graft surgery. In 2014, an eighth-grade student in the US received burn injuries when her iPhone blew and caught fire in her back pocket while she was in her school classroom.

To be noted is that these incidents have been isolated, and no conclusive evidence has been provided that show the devices themselves to be at fault. Lithium ion batteries, the most ubiquitous sources of power for portable devices, are certainly not the safest technology. While there are usually multiple fail-safes built in, these batteries have been known to explosively discharge if they malfunction, are misused, or disposed off incorrectly. While the recently reported incident of the Australian woman sustaining burns is not directly attributable to the battery on the iPhone 7, it just serves to highlight that care must always be taken to handle modern electronic devices in manner recommended by the manufacturer.

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 Self-Lacing Sneakers Price and Release Date Revealed

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 Self-Lacing Sneakers Price and Release Date RevealedLast year, Nike gave us a glimpse of its limited edition self-lacing shoes Nike Air Mag 2015 (aka 2015 Nike Mag) and it was everything that a fan of Sci-Fi movie ‘Back to the Future Part II’ ever wanted. The company then went on to develop Nike Air Mag 2016 (aka 2016 Nike Mag) but once again due to its limited production, most people could not get access to the self-lacing shoes. Both the 2015 and 2016 Nike Mag models had a limited production run of 89 pairs each, and were made available as part of contests. Now, it seems that many fans will be able to finally realise their dream at a price that’s not too exorbitant, as Nike has confirmed that its upcoming self-lacing shoes HyperAdapt 1.0 will cost $720 (roughly Rs. 48,700) – earlier speculation had pegged prices at $1,000.

Nike unveiled HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes in March earlier this year. The power-lacing shoes essentially allow users to adjust the fitting of the shoe by just pressing buttons, located on the side. Now, the company has said that the shoes will be released in the US on December 1. The shoes will be available through Nike Soho store and the Nike+ ClubHouse.

“Additionally, a small group of Nike+ app users will have limited early access on November 28. These users will be notified through the Nike+ app “Reserved for You” system, and offered the opportunity to purchase the shoe,” the company said in its news post.

In terms of colour options, the shoes will be available in Black/ White-Blue Lagoon and Metallic Silver/ Black-White variants. Later in December, the shoes will be available by the Nike+ app as well as “select Nike doors in the US,” the company said.

In present state of the shoes, users have to manually adjust the grip by using the buttons. The company earlier claimed that in future versions of its self-lacing shoes, manual adjusting will be replaced by automatic adjusting by the shoe.

Cambogia Reviews – How is this Holy Grail Different?

Although a native of Indonesia where Garcinia cambogia was discovered in the ancient era, it is now after the recent studies that this fruit has been recognized as a natural diet supplement in the United States. It is extracted from a small fruit by name Tamarind that resembles a tiny pumpkin in appearance.

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A Miraculous Discovery Indeed!

Cambogia Reviews have publicized the efficacy of using this wonder drug for weight loss and shredding those extra kilos of the body. Adding the extract of garcinia cambogia in your diet regime brings a major change in your food consumptions and thus it is regarded as an efficacious weight loss tool in today’s fast paced world.

This product is increasingly becoming popular due to its wide array of benefits towards building a healthy living and diet. The bottom line of the studies read that there are two major properties in Garcinia that help it to work on its goal of losing body weight. However, it is important to use the purest form of Garcinia cambogia.

How is the Diet with Garcinia Cambioga Different?

  • It acts as a natural appetite suppressant
  • Controls the food cravings and hunger
  • It raises the serotonin levels in the brain and relieves one from stress, stabilizes mind and controls starvation
  • It does not allow the body to churn out excessive fat and lips from carbohydrates consumed in the food
  • Develops constant energy stream in the body by breaking down the fat and carbs into energy
  • It increases the body metabolism rate and thus burns up all the excessive fat in the body.

How Does Garcinia Work?

It is regarded as a

  • Appetite Suppressant
  • Fat Burner and Fat Blocker
  • Carb Blocker
  • Metabolic rate booster

Garcinia Cambogia Reviews reveals that the drug has a powerful ingredient that increasing the body metabolic rate to burn excessive fat and also interrupts the fat conversion process of food elements that are consumed. The real perk is when individuals do not feel hungry after consuming this drug and this is the primary en route to losing weight naturally.

Purchase Garcinia

This is a relatively new product and thus it is not yet available in the major medical stores and outlets. However, you may purchase it online for a fair price with great deals and discounts. Remember to go through reviews about the product before you begin as a novice consumer.

Garcinia – The Wondrous Dietary Supplement

Losing weight, appearing lean and feeling good and healthy is obviously every individual’s inner desire. However, what happens when they hear about a dietary supplement entering the market? While it is a novice drug, without even a proper research, individuals tend to make use of the drug, one such is Garcinia Cambogia.

Garcinia is the Next Big Thing in “Weight Loss”

As touted by the leading media channels, Garcinia Cambogia has been regarded as the medical wondrous drug for dietary needs. It is a proven drug that helps weight loss to happen in the most natural ways. An extract of tamarind fruit, it has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-suppressant abilities.