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Work From Home takes a toll as workplace bullying claims surge in UK

WFH may not be working for everyone. Employment tribunals, which hear actions brought against employers by workers, saw a 44% surge in cases that included bullying allegations, according to employment law firm Fox & Partners. The number jumped to 835 suits in the 12 months through the end of March, compared with 581 in the previous period. Employees can't sue employers directly for bullying but can include it under discrimination or whistle-blowing claims.

The Noise ColorFit Loop’s 1.85-inch display is par for the course with affordable smartwatches. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)

Noise ColorFit Loop is a consistent yet unremarkable smartwatch on a budget

Noise ColorFit Loop is an affordable Android smartwatch with 6 colour combinations, IP68 water resistance rating and 1.85-inch display. It has 200 watch face options, 130 activity modes and health and fitness tracking features. Battery life is up to 7 days and it works with Android and Apple iPhones. It is priced at ?2,499 and is a good option for those looking for a basic smartwatch.

Unacademy was founded by Gaurav Munjal, Hemesh Singh, and Roman Saini in 2015.

Unacademy sacks 380 employees in fourth round of mass layoffs in a year: Report

Unacademy has laid off 380 employees in its fourth round of layoffs in the past year, offering severance compensation and medical insurance for six months. This is in addition to the 1,500 employees that have been laid off in the past year through three other rounds of layoffs.

The oil companies announced the fuel prices at 6 am today.

Petrol, diesel prices on March 30: Check rates in your city

Petrol and diesel prices across India have remained unchanged for the past year, since May 21, 2020. Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) review fuel rates daily, which are based on global exchange prices and benchmark rates. Variations in rates between states are due to municipal taxes, Value Added Tax (VAT) and freight charges.

 Ram Navami 2023: Online and net banking services will remain functional.

Ram Navami 2023: Banks closed today in these cities. Check full list here

Today marks the Hindu festival of Ram Navami, with banks closed in several cities and the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange observing a holiday. Digital banking services remain operational, allowing customers to conduct transactions online. Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Lord Vishnu's incarnation, Lord Rama, and marks the end of the nine-day Chaitra-Navratri celebrations.

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Stock markets to remain closed today on account of Ram Navami

The National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange will be closed on Wednesday on account of Ram Navami celebrations. The benchmark Sensex rose 346.37 points, or 0.60 percent, to 57,960.09 while the Nifty finished closer to 17,100. Foreign fund inflows, monthly expiration day and robust trends in global markets drove the market higher. Top gainers included HCL Technologies, Tata Motors, Hindustan Unilever, and Mahindra & Mahindra.

An activist of the youth wing of Congress party holds a placard featuring Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Group, during a protest.

Adani pulls back on grand ambitions after Hindenburg bombshell

Two months after a damning report by short seller Hindenburg Research, Gautam Adani's empire is reevaluating its ambitions, selling family shares and dialing back on debt-driven diversification. Adani is focusing on core projects, while selling stakes and avoiding high-risk financing to restore investor confidence. The group is also facing a political attack and regulatory probe.

The logo of the Times Square Disney store is seen in Times Square, New York City, US. (File image)

Marvel chief Ike Perlmutter part of 7,000 expected job cuts at Disney

Disney terminated the employment of Ike Perlmutter, chairman of its Marvel Entertainment unit, as part of a cost-cutting effort. The move is part of a larger $5.5 billion savings drive that is expected to see 7,000 job cuts. Perlmutter was the CEO and largest shareholder of Marvel when Disney acquired it in 2009 and had clashed with other executives. In 2015, Bob Iger took responsibility for Marvel's film studio away from Perlmutter. The 80-year-old executive had recently advocated for activist investor Nelson Peltz to be added to Disney's board.

Google said it is reviewing the NCLAT order and is in the process of evaluating legal options.

NCLAT upholds 1,338 cr fine on Google for 'exploiting its dominant position in Android'

An appellate tribunal has upheld a fine of Rs 1,338 crore imposed on Google for anti-competitive practices in the android mobile device case but scrapped conditions like allowing hosting of third-party app stores on its Play Store. Google has been asked to implement the directions and deposit the amount in 30 days. It is evaluating legal options.

According to NPCI, payments above <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 made using UPI network will bear a surcharge or interchange fee of up to 1.1%.

Gpay, Paytm, other users need not worry about new surcharge; Know reason

NPCI has introduced a surcharge on digital payments made through prepaid payment instruments (PPI) such as mobile wallets, for payments above 2,000. The surcharge will be paid by merchants and not by customers. The interchange fee will be upto 1.1% and will be reviewed by NPCI on September 30. Bank account-to-bank account payments made using UPI will remain free.

Paytm on Wednesday urged to not spread misinformation after NPCI's new rule on digital payments through UPI.

Paytm answers if customers need to pay fee on UPI payments after NPCI’s latest circular

Paytm clarified doubts over NPCI?s circular notifying an interchange fee of up to 1.1% on merchant UPI transactions from April 1, assuring that no customer will pay any charges on making payments from UPI. Welcoming the decision, Paytm said it will earn additional interchange revenue and pay 15 bps of charges to banks. NPCI also clarified that UPI is free, fast, secure and seamless.

Adani group chairperson Gautam Adani.

Ratings agency Fitch's warning - two Adani companies face contagion risks

Fitch said Adani Transmission Ltd and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone "would be capped at current rating level of 'BBB-/Stable' due to weak governance at the parent conglomerate and other companies in the group". Adani Group has denied allegations of improper use of tax havens and stock manipulation. Seven listed firms of the Adani Group have shed over $120 billion in market value since the allegations were made. Fitch said there is no rating impact and contagion risk is lower for restricted groups.

The logo of the Times Square Disney store is seen in Times Square, New York City, US. (File image)

‘Several thousands’ to lose job at Disney in April: CEO Bob Iger

Disney is laying off 7,000 employees in three rounds, with the second phase set to be 'larger' than the other two. The first round of notifications will begin this week and the final round is likely to commence before summer. CEO Bob Iger said the decision is part of a strategic realignment to create a more effective approach to the business.

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Closing bell: Sensex advances to 57,960, Nifty at over 17,000

The Indian stock market ended on a positive note today, with the Sensex advancing to 57,960 and the Nifty closing at over 17,000. This marks the third consecutive session of gains for the Sensex, and the highest closing level in nearly two months.

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Gold and Silver Prices on March 29: Gold rates increase, silver unchanged

Gold prices in India rose on Wednesday with 22-carat and 24-carat gold increasing by Rs 20 and Rs 22 per gram, respectively. Silver prices, however, remain unchanged at Rs 73 per gram. Prices are without GST and other levies and may vary city to city.

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Petrol, diesel prices on March 29: Check rates in your city

Fuel prices in India have remained unchanged since May 21 last year, as oil marketing companies review prices daily. Prices vary across states due to local taxes, Value Added Tax (VAT) and freight charges.

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