Half a dozen senior Ola executives quit; Delhi HC seeks govt response over VoIP breach

Half a dozen senior Ola executives quit; Delhi HC seeks govt response over VoIP breach
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22 Oct, 2019

Ride-hailing giant Ola sees several senior executives quit. Government likely to wait before placing the draft Personal Data Protection Bill before Parliament. 

Ola’s six senior executives from UK, Australia and New Zealand quit

Ride-hailing service Ola’s six senior executives based out of the UK, Australia and New Zealand have stepped down from their positions, Entrackr reports.

Ben Legg, managing director, Emma Kenelm, chief marketing officer and Natalie Brown,  head of human resources, operating from the UK have resigned.

The other ones to resign include Kashif Amjad, chief financial officer and financial director for Australia and New Zealand, Tyler Stead, operations manager in New Zealand and Stewart F Brown, operations manager in Sydney, the report added. The reasons for the churn are said to be performance-related and are not clear at this point.

Walmart’s chief executive demands for a stable business environment in India

US-based retail giant Walmart’s chief executive officer Doug McMillon has written to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to seek certainty and predictability in India’s business environment, the Economic Times reports.

The letter has come in wake of Flipkart and rival Amazon facing probes over alleged roles in predatory pricing, the report said.

Mcmillon, in his letter to Modi, has emphasised Walmart’s commitment towards India, including investments to empower small and medium enterprises, global sourcing from the country and job creation for the future, even as he called for a stable environment. He further praised the PM for the improvement in India's ranking on the ease of doing business, it added.

Govt to wait for report before taking data bill to the parliament

The government is planning to wait for the committee on non-personal data to submit its report before placing the draft Personal Data Protection Bill before Parliament, reports the Economic Times.

The non-personal data is related to community data, anonymized data, and ecommerce data held by companies such as Uber, Google and Amazon.

The government had formed a panel led by Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys to recommend how non-personal data should be governed, in September, the report said.

Earlier, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics, IT and Communications had told ET that the Bill would be placed before Parliament after Cabinet’s approval. The winter session of Parliament is expected to start from the third week of November, it added.

Delhi HC seeks govt’s response over VoIP breach 

The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the department of telecommunication (DoT) and the finance ministry to seek their responses on a plea alleging that the messaging portals were illegally providing voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services, according to a report by the Mint.

The petition was filed by the internet service provider (ISP) World Phone Internet Services (WPISPL). It alleged that Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are providing internet telephony services without a license.

The petition said that Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are not regulated and operate outside the purview of lawful interception norms in India.

Robotics company GreyOrange deploys 12,000-per-hour Sorter for QuadX

Global robotics platform provider and manufacturing company GreyOrange has deployed 12,000 picks per hour sorter for digital logistics company QuadX.

GreyOrange flexible automation system provides a seamless shopping experience for customers, along with the ease of payment and delivery, the company said in a statement.

The company claims that the new sorter is a first-of-its-kind automated solution that can sort up to 150,000 packages in 12 hrs, the statement added.

“GreyOrange technology will help QuadX realise their vision of re-inventing the shopping experience for customers by optimizing operations and throughput. By effectively sorting packages for the company’s hubs across Manila and Philippines, this solution will help QuadX meet customers’ order delivery timelines more efficiently and complete orders with less manpower than before,” said Vivekanand, country manager, India and Asia-Pacific, GreyOrange. 

Singapore-based GreyOrange currently operates over 42 Sorter sites across India and APAC.