Business Live: Domestic flights to resume from today; Jiomart goes live to take on Amazon, Flipkart

Equity, currency, commodity and bond markets are closed on Monday on account of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’Join us as we follow the top business news through the day.1:00 PMDeepak Fertilisers forays into hand sanitiser segmentGiven the rising demand for hand sanitizers and other personal hygiene products, various companies are redirecting their production resources.PTI reports: “Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd (DFPCL) on Monday announced its foray into hand sanitiser segment under the brand name ‘Cororid’The product based on Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) is available in different volumes from 500 millilitre, 1 litre, 5 litre, 10 litre, 20 litre, 25 litre, 200 litre to tanker load, the company said in a regulatory filing.Commenting on the development, DFPCL’s Chairman and Managing Director Sailesh C Mehta said: “There has been an overwhelming response for ‘Cororid’ since its launch during mid of April 2020.”DFPCL is leveraging its existing strong distribution network along with pharmacy and hypermarket chains, modern trade and e-commerce channels to make the product easily available on PAN India basis, he said.Stating that there is unprecedented surge in demand for disinfecting agents due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, Mehta said, “We are also evaluating other IPA-based downstream product opportunities to gradually move closer to our end customers.”This initiative is also in line with our long-established strategy to move from commodity to speciality products, he added.”12:30 PMIndia may register recession in third quarter of this fiscalThe Indian economy is likely to slip into recession in the third quarter of this fiscal as loss in income and jobs and cautiousness among consumers will delay recovery in consumer demand even after the pandemic, says a report.According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Economic Observer, the country’s economic recovery will depend on the efficacy and duration of implementation of the government’s stimulus package.“The multiplier effect of the stimulus measures on the economy will depend on three key aspects i.e. the time taken for effecting the withdrawal of the lockdown, the efficacy of implementation and duration of execution of the measures announced,” Dun & Bradstreet India Chief Economist Arun Singh said.The report noted that the government’s larger-than-expected stimulus package is likely to re-start economic activities.
 12:00 PMHomefoodi plans to expand operations in 10 cities within 2 yearsA new player in the food-delivery business even as existing players find it hard to survive.IANS reports: “Home-made food service provider Homefoodi plans to expand its operations in 10 cities across the country in the next two years.The company is also targeting to raise $2-5 million funds from venture capital firms and plans to extend its operation in Delhi and Gurugram in 2020.Through the Homefoodi mobile app, consumers now have access to home-made food from over 200 chefs in homes across Noida, Greater Noida, and Indirapuram, the company said in a statement.Founder and Director of Homefoodi, Narendra Singh Dahiya said: “Within six months from the inception of Homefoodi, we have grown from 100 Home Chefs to over 200 plus home chefs. Every dish raises the bar of taste, health, hygiene, and cleanliness.”“In the next two years we would be creating India’s largest self-employment opportunity for women in India. We will be present across the top 10 cities of India with over one lakh home chefs on our platform,” he said.”11:30 AMOil falls as U.S.-China tensions take tollTensions between the United States and China could be leading to concerns over bounce back in demand.Reuters reports: “Oil prices eased on Monday on concerns over rising tensions between the United States and China over Beijing’s plans to impose security laws on Hong Kong and the possibility of sanctions from Washington.Oil prices have risen sharply in recent weeks as an easing of coronavirus restrictions has led to increased demand, but the tensions between the United States and China are beginning to weigh on sentiment.Brent was down 19 cents, or 0.5%, at $34.94 a barrel by 0152 GMT. U.S. oil was down by 6 cents, or 0.2%, at $33.19 a barrel. Both contracts have risen for the past four weeks, although prices are still down around 45% so far this year.Ties between Washington and Beijing have soured since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping have traded barbs over the outbreak, including accusations of cover-ups and lack of transparency.Clashes between the superpowers have included Hong Kong, human rights, trade and U.S. support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan.”
 11:00 AMSearches for ‘remote work’ surges by over 377% in Feb-MayJob searches for remote work in India have surged by over 377% during February to May amid the coronavirus crisis, a report said.Job seekers across the country are showing greater interest in working remotely, with a spurt in search for terms like ‘remote’, ‘work from home’ and related phrases, job site Indeed said in the report.Searches for remote work have increased by over 377% as a share of all searches on Indeed India during February to May 2020, it added.Similarly, job postings for remote work and work from home have also seen an increase of 168%.
 10:40 AMGold down as potential Japanese stimulus boosts risk appetiteInvestors are deserting the precious metal as risk-on sentiment prevails.Reuters reports: “Gold declined on Monday as Japanese equities rose on news of a potential stimulus programme that boosted investors’ risk appetite, though fresh tensions over Hong Kong limited the metal’s fall. Spot gold fell 0.4% to $1,728.06 per ounce by 0252 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.4% at $1,728.50. “I think the play into stocks and other risk assets has probably supported the risk appetite, and diminished the appeal for gold in the short term,” said IG Markets analyst Kyle Rodda.“There still seems to be the broad issue of gold prices trying to break too far above the 1,740, 1,750 mark.” Gold on Friday rose as much as 0.8% to touch $1,739.51, before paring gains.Japan is considering fresh stimulus worth over $929 billion, which mostly consists of financial aid programmes for companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper said. Japan’s Nikkei jumped 1.5% following the report.Gold is seen as a safe-haven asset during political and economic uncertainties. Reflecting investor sentiment, SPDR Gold Trust holdings, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.4% to 1,116.71 tonnes on Friday.”10:20 AMJiomart goes live to take on Amazon, FlipkartReliance Industries (RIL) has taken its e-commerce platform JioMart live in an attempt to take on rivals Amazon and Flipkart. Pilots were carried out in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan.Jiomart, an online-offline model that combines the strengths of Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail, has started offering products at a minimum 5% discount to the maximum retail price on select products.“Farm produce will directly be sourced from farmers that have collaborated with the brand,” said the JioMart website.JioMart has started offering more than 50,000 products in the fruits and vegetables, dairy and bakery, staples, snacks and branded foods, beverages, personal care, home care and baby care categories, according to its website.
 10:00 AMDomestic flights to resume, but coronavirus cases riseThe airline sector, which has been the worst hit by the 2-month long nationwide-lockdown, is set to get a boost today.Reuters reports: “Domestic flights will resume across India on Monday after a day of “hard negotiations”, the federal civil aviation minister said on Sunday, after some states sought to limit the number of flights.Flights will restart under an easing of restrictions imposed over the coronavirus, though the number of new cases rose by a record 24-hour amount on Sunday. The 6,767 new cases took the total to over 131,000.Airlines are preparing to resume about a third of their domestic flight operations from Monday, even without clarity over what quarantine rules may apply to passengers.Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu agreed to operate limited flights from Monday, while southern state of Andhra Pradesh would allow flights from Tuesday, India’s civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, said on Twitter late on Sunday.“It has been a long day of hard negotiations with various state government to recommence civil aviation operations in the country…..Domestic flights will recommence across the country from tomorrow,” he said.”

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