India's government-run e-commerce portal Government e Marketplace has launched “Womaniya on GeM”, an initiative to enable women entrepreneurs and women self-help groups to sell their products directly to various Government ministries, departments and institutions. Women will be able to sell products such as handicrafts and handloom, accessories, jute and...
Kerala has opened an integrated startup complex, which is claimed to be the largest hub for innovation in IT and modern technology in the country, in Kochi. With a space of 1.8 lakh sq ft, and a part of the Technology Innovation Zone (TIZ), the complex was inaugurated on Sunday...
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Thursday decided to exempt businesses with a turnover of less than Rs 40 lakh from paying the GST, by doubling the earlier threshold.  For the northeastern states, the threshold will be Rs 20 lakh. The council also decided that businesses having an...
A parliamentary panel has said that the measures being taken by the central government to improve Grameen Haats -- village-based agricultural produce markets -- are not adequate enough, and urged the government to make sure there is one such market in each Panchayat of the country. While the central government...
By Baraka Rateng’ The African Development Bank aims to boost agricultural productivity by helping scale up proven technologies. Its flagship programme, Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), is a priority of that agenda, also called the Feed Africa Strategy. In an exclusive interview, Jennifer Blanke, the Bank’s vice-president talked with SciDev.Net...
China's new e-commerce law, which was passed in August, has come into effect from January 1, providing new measures for registration and licensing of e-commerce operators, 'and preventing counterfeit and copycat merchandise on their platforms. The measures also provide for taxation of e-commerce firms, electronic payment and e-commerce dispute resolution. The...
Over 16 dam projects across the country are delayed, and the cost of their construction has more than doubled from the initial estimates, government data show. The Ministry of Power informed the parliament that the combined cost of these projects shot up from an estimated Rs 26,922 crore to Rs...
A labour cooperative society in Kerala has won applauses by completing the construction of two major flyovers at a less-than-budgeted amount and returning the public money it saved to the exchequer. Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS), a construction giant in the state, returned Rs 14 crore after finishing off...
The central government has restricted online marketplaces such as Amazon and Flipkart from selling products of companies where they hold stakes and banned exclusive marketing arrangements that could influence product price. Tightening the regulations on the e-tailers, the government mandated that the firms have to offer equal services or facilities...
By Bernard Chiguvare, GroundUp As Christmas approaches, Zimbabweans in South Africa are preparing to send groceries to families battling inflation at home. Inflation in Zimbabwe is running at nearly 21% a year according to the latest statistics from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency. The 30 July elections after the fall of Robert...

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