Pratibha Advani, CFO of one of the largest digital infrastructure providers, Tata Communications, discusses business in numbers in the global and domestic landscape.In an interview with ETCFO, Pratibha Advani spoke about how the business is steering in these challenging times in the telecom industry in India and globally with protectionism and trade war.“I think natural laws of economics that will come into play will not allow this to move forward,” Advani said on trade war and protectionism. She explained that it is leading to an increase in input costs, making products expensive to a point where the demand will come fall down to stagnation.She refers to it as a wheel of fads that come and go. For trade, she said, “The question is of time, how long will these protective measures last? Accordingly companies need to review their global business strategy.”Tata Communications’ consolidated revenue for FY19 was Rs 16,525 crore with a decline of 1.5% YoY. This … [Read more...] about Keeping pace with growth despite changing industry and competitive environment: CFO, Tata Communications
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“I have seen world class players like Hashim Amla go unsold at the auctions. There have been lot of good T20 players, who have missed out on auction. So I don’t have any big ego that they are not picking me. Yes, given a choice I would like to play IPL,” said India’s most important Test batsman alongside skipper Virat Kohli. … [Read more...] about Cheteshwar Pujara feels ‘perception of being tagged as a Test player’ hampering his chances at IPL auctions
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However, for Veena Tickoo, who grapples with vertigo, and retired Commander Pratap Tickoo, who is bedridden due to paralysis, their affected mobility renders complying with the norm almost impossible. While the couple does have a caretaker to attend to the octogenarian, he is unable to leave his side and frequently pick up parcels as that could severely compromise care of the elderly man in case ofany emergency requirement. Veena rued, “This is not the first time since the lockdown that we’ve faced issues in the society with the most basic things. At first, we were not allowed a maid, and now, it is parcels. The society management has been adamant and not co-operative if we get deliveries. As both my husband and I are not very physically fit anymore, we are hard-pressed to go down and walk till the society gate each time. My husband is paralysed and cannot be left alone in the house. In a case like this, some sympathy and understanding would be expected from the society … [Read more...] about Sr citizens in Kharadi soc struggle over ban on deliveries to door
Right from the start, movie stars and their magnetism have been synonymous with the bright 70mm screen. Although the advent of satellite television added a new dimension to ‘stardom’, the charming appeal of big screen has remained largely intact. But now, as over-the-top (OTT) streaming platforms become the buzzword in showbiz, especially during the lockdown, a number of top-notch Bollywood stars seem to be all for joining the bandwagon with original, exclusive content for OTT platforms (besides several big films that have already been bought by OTT platforms). … [Read more...] about Over-the-top stuff: big Bollywood stars are all for it!