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In a year full of ugly politics, natural disasters and an ongoing pandemic, maintaining a positive outlook can seem like a fool’s errand. While the may not be all sunshine and roses at the moment, that doesn’t mean you have to get dragged down with it. Even during the most difficult times, it’s still possible to maximize your life satisfaction. 

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PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (PHDCCI’s) new president Sanjay Aggarwal on Sunday said the next Budget should lower the maximum (I-T) rate to around 25 per cent from the current 30 per cent plus surcharges.


“In the current scenario, there is a need to increase the disposable income of people by reforming the direct tax structure. The maximum personal rate should be around 25 per cent to increase the personal disposable income. This will boost demand in the economy,” Aggarwal, who is chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Paramount Cables, said.


His comment was in contrast to economist Joseph Stiglitz’s, who wanted the rich to be taxed more under the current circumstances.




Currently, an annual income of over Rs 10 lakh attracts 30 per cent tax, besides education and health cess of four per


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Sometimes the holidays aren’t quite “the most wonderful time of the year.” According to one study, the holiday season stresses out 88 percent of Americans. For ecommerce companies, this is even more true. Every year, store owners spend months preparing for the fourth quarter, and few ever feel like they’re fully prepared for the wave of — and the headaches — that come with it.

This rings true this year more than ever, with COVID-19 pushing more and more retail volume online. Data shows ecommerce penetration skyrocketed from 16 percent in 2019 to 27 percent, year-to-date, in 2020. This is a direct result of the pandemic and the full extent of this impact remains to be seen in the holiday season. 

So how can ecommerce store owners prepare for what looks to be an

An EcoScope report of Motilal Oswal Financial Services says that while urban consumption declined 18 per cent year-on-year

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While the is holding on to its previous year level, the urban consumption has declined massively in the first two months of the second quarter of this fiscal year.


An EcoScope report of Motilal Oswal Financial Services says that while urban consumption declined 18 per cent year-on-year, was almost flat (+0.1 per cent YoY) in July-August of 2020-21.




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The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote next week on whether to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after the company blocked a New York Post story on Joe Biden. Twitter said the article violated its rules on doxxing and hacked materials, as it contained images with “personal and private information — like email addresses and phone numbers.” Facebook also limited the spread of the report.

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Wednesday hit back at former chief economic advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian for criticising the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative, saying it effectively started during Subramanian’s tenure as CEA.


Subramanian, in a research paper co-authored with Pennsylvania State University professor Shoumitro Chatterjee, has said India should resist the misleading allure of domestic market and zealously boost exports.



“Very surprised to read @arvindsubraman’s co-authored piece this morning criticising #AtmanirbharBharat. It effectively started during his tenure as chief economic advisor which as he writes saw the highest increase in import tariffs in 2018 to nearly 18 per cent,” Kumar said.

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