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Govt rejects Chinese BYD Motors’ plan to build $1 bn EV plan.

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As the government prepares to welcome Elon Musk’s Tesla to establish a supply chain ecosystem in the country in the near future, the Centre is said to have rejected Chinese electric vehicle (EV) giant BYD Motors’ intention to establish a $1 billion four-wheeler manufacturing facility in the country.

BYD’s intention to collaborate with Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd (MEIL) on electric vehicles and batteries appears to have met a snag due to “security concerns,” according to reports.
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In its proposal to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), BYD-MEIL reportedly made a pitch to manufacture up to 15,000 electric cars a year in the country.

Meanwhile, Olectra Greentech, a MEIL subsidiary, has already produced two electric buses with technical assistance from BYD Motors. However, the government was apparently unwilling to approve the Chinese EV manufacturer’s investment in India.
BYD, ironically, already has a significant presence in India’s EV car industry.

BYD India Private Ltd aims to sell 15,000 units in 2023, while growing its distribution network and production capacity as needed.

From its Tamil Nadu plant, the business is now producing the e6 model, a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). The company’s factory near Chennai can produce 10,000 units per year.

The Chinese electric carmaker introduced its new luxury sedan BYD Seal in January of this year, stating that it will be available in the country in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer also claimed that the BYD Seal had a range of up to 700 kilometres on a single charge.

BYD Seal is BYD India’s third model for the passenger EV category in India, following the launch of the all-new e-6 electric MPV and the BYD ATTO 3 e-SUV.

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BYD India is a completely owned subsidiary of BYD Auto, a Chinese firm sponsored by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. “If there is a need, we will expand capacity,” said Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, Senior Vice President of Electric Passenger Vehicle Business, to IANS in October last year.

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TCS Witnesses First Net Headcount Drop in Two Decades

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TCS Witnesses First Net Headcount Drop in Two Decades

On Friday, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) disclosed that during the fiscal year 2023–24 (FY24), the company’s headcount decreased by 13,249 people (year over year). The top provider of IT software has seen a decline in personnel for the first time in 19 years.

601,546 people worked for the company at the end of FY24, according to TCS’s stock exchange filing. The top IT software company has experienced a decline in staff for the first time in 19 years.

As per TCS’s stock exchange statement, the company had 601,546 workers at the end of FY24. In the fourth quarter (Q4) of FY 2024, TCS experienced a 1,759 workforce reduction (January to March).

The company’s headcount has decreased for the third straight quarter with this one. There were 5,680 fewer employees in Q2 than there were in Q1 (quarter over quarter), and the corporation saw a net decline of 6,333 workers.

At Rs 12,434 crore for the January-March quarter of FY24, TCS recorded a 9% increase in net profit over the same time the previous year, when it was Rs 11,392 crore.

Also Read: India Emerges as Global Leader in Web3 Adoption with Over 1,000 Startups: Report

“Our delivery centers are much more lively, and the morale of our associates has increased due to the reduced attrition at 12.5%, the positive response to our campus hiring, the increased customer visits, and the employees returning to the office,” chief HR officer Milind Lakkad said in a statement. To Rs 61,237 crore during the quarter, the company’s revenue climbed by 3.5 percent.

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India Emerges as Global Leader in Web3 Adoption with Over 1,000 Startups: Report

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India Emerges as Global Leader in Web3 Adoption with Over 1,000 Startups: Report

According to recent research released on Tuesday, India now boasts one of the biggest Web3 ecosystems globally, home to over 35 million merchants and over 1,000 firms.

Globally, the percentage of Blockchain developers in the nation climbed from 3% in 2018 to 12% last year, the highest percentage among emerging nations, according to a report by Web3 venture capital firm Hashed Emergent.

Tak Lee, CEO and Managing Partner of Hashed Emergent, stated, “The findings underscore India’s remarkable ascent in Web3 adoption and show that it is on a trajectory to become the global leader.”

Lee continued, “We think the regulatory environment is slowly changing in the right direction, but more beneficial regulatory developments are needed to spur growth.”

Out of more than 150 nations, India topped the list for on-chain usage in the previous year.

The Head of Web3 at KPMG in India, Krishna Tyagi, claims that “blockchains have enabled various innovative use cases such as DeFi, tokenization of real-world assets, self-sovereign identities, track and trace, etc., which were not possible earlier.”

Also Read: Report: Over 51% of Indians Utilize Untranslatable Words and Phrases in Their Language

Startups in India are receiving more funding in the Web3 subsectors of infrastructure, entertainment, and finance.

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Report: Over 51% of Indians Utilize Untranslatable Words and Phrases in Their Language

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Report: Over 51% of Indians Utilize Untranslatable Words and Phrases in Their Language

According to research conducted on Monday, more than half of urban Indians (approximately 51%) utilize terms or phrases from particular regional languages to express affection or in clever or hilarious circumstances that are difficult to properly translate into English. The study by language learning app Duolingo is based on a poll that was conducted in association with YouGov to ascertain urban Indians’ opinions regarding language and expression.

The results showed that more than half (51%) of Indians frequently use unusual phrases (from other languages) in everyday speech. Regarding phrases or words that convey nuanced meanings that cannot be fully translated or expressed in English, roughly 68% of urban Indians acknowledged this. Similarly, 69% acknowledged that they have used language-specific phrases or words that cannot be fully translated into English to express emotions or feelings (such as happiness or sadness) or to have conversations with family and friends.

Furthermore, 51% admitted to utilizing these idioms to add wit and humor to their conversations or as terms of endearment or love language. Recently, the company celebrated this language diversity by asking users to go on a voyage of linguistic discoveries with the “#EnglishMeinNahiJamta” campaign, which was posted on Duolingo India’s Instagram page. Favorite words from their local languages that become less magical when translated into English were shared by users under the guidance of the lovable characters Duo and Lily.

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“At Duolingo, we understand that languages are more than just communication tools—they’re expressions of culture, emotion, and identity,” says Karandeep Singh Kapany, Regional Marketing Director. Our “#EnglishMeinNahiJamta” campaign, which highlights phrases that defy translation and demonstrate a growing appreciation for linguistic diversity, celebrates this beauty. We enable people to embrace expression, improve lives, and create international relationships through programs like this,” he continued.

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