A look back at some of our biggest and best stories from this week. In case you missed them, here's a recap:
1. Water water nowhere… delayed monsoon casts shadow over budget plans of Modi 2.0
Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have a lot of support on the ground, but the weather gods do not seem to be favouring. As the government prepares to put its first budget after assuming office with the phenomenal majority, the delayed monsoon, and also deficient until now, is becoming a concern.
2. That was fast! Mumbai airport returns to peak capacity after void created by Jet Airways’ demise
The domestic airlines from India together recorded 9,167 departures at Mumbai in May 2019, just 10 percent short of what they recorded a year ago – when Jet Airways was in operation and the airline had one-third of all departures at Mumbai. This shows the magnitude of how slots have been lapped up by airlines.
3. Future in limbo: Why the lenders finally moved NCLT against Jet Airways and what happens next
Taking the insolvency route for reviving the airline was the last option, and every effort was taken to avoid Jet Airways ending up in the bankruptcy court.
4. Exclusive: Wockhardt now exploring brand portfolio sales to reduce debt
Pharma tycoon Habil Khorakiwala-led Wockhardt is not taking any chances and is working on alternate options to raise funds and reduce debt. The company plans to sell a minority stake in its domestic formulations business, and this is a precautionary move in case the private equity funds do not fructify.
5. JUUL is the Apple of e-cigarettes, but can the American giant succeed in India?
While JUUL has not officially launched in India, it has already found a rapidly expanding market in the youth of cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai.
The product is being sold in vape stores all across the capital from Greater Kailash to Model Town and remains a common sight in upscale nightclubs and bars. A number of online retailers have joined the game as well with websites such as VapeStop and LiteJoy shipping the product to India.
6. Forgotten lessons: Why Rahul Gandhi should have gone to Muzafarpur
It will be a month, this weekend, after Rahul Gandhi told his party to find his replacement as president. There is no indication, whatsoever, of his party heeding his call; and Rahul seems committed to his position that he shall not continue as president.
Meanwhile, more than one hundred children died at Muzafarpur, in Bihar. Rahul Gandhi, unlike his grandmother Indira Gandhi, seems to have no clue to stay on and fight in such adverse times. Or else, he would have ended up at Muzafarpur, as did his grandmother at Belchi, also in Bihar, in August 1977.
7. Uber Eats Report: Here's what Indians like to eat
Cab aggregator Uber's food delivery and restaurant finder app Uber Eats released 'The Eats Cravings Report 2019' on Monday, showing the trends of what Indians generally preferred while ordering food through the service. Apart from the condiments — 'extra sauce' or 'extra spicy' — the food items ordered generally range from Chicken Biryani to (wait for it) Maggi.
8. These are the most in-demand skills right now, according to LinkedIn
There’s a misconception out there that the future of work will be robots and artificial intelligence will be automating all the jobs, leaving nothing for the majority of the world’s citizens to do.
But research says that's not the case.
9. Retail magnate Kishore Biyani reveals how his daughters help him in business
Sure, Kishore Biyani is one of the wealthiest businessmen alive. The founder of consumer and retail major Future Group was among the few to sense the huge opportunity in the retail sector, which at present is worth Rs 35,000 crore. That doesn’t mean he knows everything though. Everyone has something left to learn and for the 57-year old Biyani, it appears that lesson came from no other than his two daughters, Ashni and Avni.
According to the Forbes magazine, tech giant Apple, with a brand value of over $200 billion, tops the list of the most valued brands in the globe. Among the other names in the list are Samsung, Google, McDonald's, Louis Vuitton and Toyota.
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