Why controversy over digital services tax could create a new trade war

Why controversy over digital services tax could create a new trade war


As the world stares at a looming recession, “Big Tech” businesses are thriving globally. E-commerce, subscriptions, and distributed business infrastructure have emerged as major revenue drivers. This has led more countries (Brazil, Spain, Czech Republic) and the European Union (EU) to consider and charter a domestic path towards digital taxation, as a source to augment the languishing fiscal revenues. These are popularly known as Digital Service Taxes (DSTs).


As most Big Tech businesses are headquartered in the United States (US), as a measure of countering growing “protectionism”, the US has decided to investigate the DSTs adopted or under consideration by 9 countries, including India, and the EU. These investigations will be undertaken under the US Trade Code, which empowers the US Trade Representative (USTR) to respond to actions of other trading partners that are perceived to be unfair or discriminatory.



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Covid-19 Factoid: Over two-thirds of India’s death toll in just 3 states

Covid-19 Factoid: Over two-thirds of India’s death toll in just 3 states


The global count of confirmed cases is now at 6.6 million, deaths at 388,573, and recoveries over 3 million. Brazil and Russia now have half as many confirmed cases as in the United States. In a positive trend, June 3 saw daily new recoveries surpassing daily new cases by a wide margin, in a first in this pandemic.


At over 200,000, India has the seventh-highest number of confirmed cases of When it comes to active cases, the country has the fourth-highest count globally. So far, 104,106 patients have been cured of the infection, and 6,075 have succumbed to the infection. India saw more than 9,000 new cases in a single day on June 4.


Here are some graphs on the spread of the pandemic:


#1. India took just four days to add the last 1,000 to its death toll

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10 Heat Map Tools and User Tracking Tools

10 Heat Map Tools and User Tracking Tools

In business, entrepreneurs are always trying to crunch numbers and glean valuable insights from them. With the growing data from social media platforms, customer interactions, and sales, managing and interpreting data has become important for businesses of all sizes.

Often spreadsheets can provide the figures. But may not necessarily provide the tools to looks at trends, patterns and visualize outcomes. However, through data visualization which can be graphs, charts or pictorial representation of information and figures we can quickly pick up on what is happening.

Data analyst and machine learning can pull insights from statistics without visualization. But for the less initiated among us, it would be difficult to communicate the meanings without visualization. This is because our brains process visual information far more easily than written information or spreadsheets. A chart or graph can help us summarize complex figures much better than spreadsheets. Among the data visualizations tools

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DRDO develops device to keep PPE wearers comfortable, without sweating

DRDO develops device to keep PPE wearers comfortable, without sweating


The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a device — SUMERU-PACS — that helps wearers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to feel comfortable without sweating.


The officials found out, on the basis of the feedback received from doctors and medical staff, that the PPE wearers feel uncomfortable after wearing PPE for more than 30 to 45 minutes and start sweating which makes the situation worse.


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After receiving the feedback, developed a personal air circulation system which can be used inside the PPE as a small backpack of approximately 500 grams weight which works well at an ambient temperature of 39 degrees Celsius and keeps wearer comfortable and cool without sweating.


The system is suitable for indoors especially for doctors and other medical

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Top 10 biz headlines: Make in India boost, fall in air traffic & more

Top 10 biz headlines: Make in India boost, fall in air traffic & more


Global players like Foxconn, Wistron, Samsung, and Flextronics, and domestic ones like Lava International and Micromax are likely apply for production-linked incentive scheme for boost. Meanwhile, the government is readying a scheme with an aim to curb import of AC products and components from China and Thailand to promote indigenous manufacturing of AC units. Here are the top ten headlines that made on Thursday morning:

boost: Samsung, may apply for PLI scheme


At least seven global and Indian companies are expected to seek benefits under the Centre’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, aimed at making India a global hub for mobile device exports. Global players that are likely to apply for the scheme include Foxconn, Wistron (both of which manufacture mobile devices for Apple), Samsung, and Flextronics. Lava International and Micromax are among the home-grown players. Read more.

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75 Market Research Questions to Ask

75 Market Research Questions to Ask

Market research sounds so formal. Yet it doesn’t have to be. It can be part of your daily marketing activity if you adopt one of the best and easiest techniques: simply ask questions.

Asking market research questions can yield new insights to boost your marketing to the next level. One example of market research involves gathering competitive information to inform your new product and service development. Another market research example involves creating clear pictures of your ideal customers — called customer personas –for precise targeting. Other market research examples involve gathering feedback from existing customers to measure customer satisfaction.

The key to success, however, is knowing which questions to ask. Below is a list of 75 market research questions to use as templates for your own questions. Use them to ask questions internally to your team, or ask prospects and clients directly.

Market Research Questions

A good way

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