A Hublot watch to wear with jeans

The debut of Hublot’s Classic Fusion Italia Independent collection gives new meaning to the concept of checking the time. The six watches, their respective dials and straps busy with houndstooth, tartan, and Prince of Wales patterns, are the fruits of a collaboration among a trio of companies: Swiss watchmaker Hublot, design company Italia Independent, and venerable Naples tailor Rubinacci, which supplied the textiles that lend the timepieces their panache and prestige.

E-com crisis: Snapdeal chiefs take 100% pay cut

Snapdeal co-founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal have taken a 100 per cent salary cut, while many others at the firm have "proactively" offered significant reduction in compensation.
The SoftBank-backed firm, which has been struggling to raise fresh funding, is also laying off hundreds of employees and eliminating non-core projects to focus on "profitable growth".

Consolidation will be the operative word in Indian telecom sector

The whole telecom industry and millions of Indians carefully listened to Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday as he announced that Jio's Happy New Year offer will conclude on March 31 and from April 1 new tariff plans will kick in and they are not going to pinch. While launching a loyalty bonus to the customers who join before March 31, Ambani also laid out plans to not only match the highest-selling tariff plan but also offer 20 per cent more data.

Jio’s disruptive role may leave a smaller number of telcos

The highly disruptive entry by Reliance Jio into the telecom arena is triggering a wave of merger and acquisitions (M&A) in the Indian telecom sector. It has the potential to reduce the number of mobile operators in the country to about 4-5 as against 8-10 players in each circle.

JLR to unveil Range Rover Velar SUV

Tata Motors-owned British iconic sports car maker Jaguar Land Rover is all set for global premiere of its much-awaited all-new sports utility vehicle or SUV – the Range Rover Velar on March 1. Velar (pronounced vel-ar) is the first new Range Rover in a decade.
The sporty five-seat luxury SUV would take on sportier crossovers from the Porsche Macan and BMW X4.
The new SUV is sized to slot between the existing compact Range Rover Evoque and the slightly larger Range Rover Sport.

Jio to charge for services from April, rivals sit up

Reliance Jio has crossed the 100 million customers mark in 170 days, since its launch in September 2016, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said here on Tuesday. He said this while announcing that Jio will start charging tariff for its services from April, but will offer sharp disc­o­unts for a year to those who sign up by the end of March.
Reliance Jio will continue to offer free voice calls and national roaming after April 1, when its promotional free voice and data offer ends.

Chandra’s to-do list as Tata chief: Revival & growth

Natarajan Chandrasekaran took over as chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata Group, pledging to improve capital allocation and boost returns from the $100 billion salt-to-software conglomerate.
The challenge for Chandrasekaran, or Chandra as he’s known, will be to rekindle growth and revive Tata’s weaker units after almost four months of boardroom turmoil that followed the ouster of his predecessor Cyrus Mistry.

HTC unveils new U series smartphones

HTC on Tuesday unveiled its U series with two new smartphones -- HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play. Available in 64GB memory variant, HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play are priced at Rs 59,990 and Rs 39,990, respectively.
The smartphones come with adaptive HTC U sonic technology for personalised hearing and a unique combination of MegaPixel and UltraPixel camera technology.
“U series marks the beginning of our several exciting launches in India this year. We are looking at looking premium product range with a global appeal,” said Faisal Siddiqui, president-South Asia, HTC.

Mahindra launches three new Supro minitrucks

Mahindra and Mahindra, India’s third biggest commercial vehicle maker by sales, has taken the battle to increase its market share into the archrival Tata Motors’ turf with the launch of three new minitrucks under its Supro brand. Price starts at Rs 4.24 lakh for the Supro Minitruck and Rs 4.54 lakh for the Supro Minivan range at Pune showroom.

End of road in Uttarpara

If you are driving from Kolkata through Vidyasagar Setu-Kona Expressway-Bombay Road (Kolkata-Mumbai National Highway)-NH2, popularly known as the Delhi Road, barely half a kilometre after you cross Dankuni, you will come to a gigantic entrance to the Shriram Grand City on your right.
It was impossible to miss the massive construction activity in the area continuing even on the weekend. This was Saturday, February 18. Only eight days ago the company had announced that was selling off its iconic car brand-Ambassador to French auto major Peugeot.