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Women in Business 2021 report: India ahead of global average

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India ranks third in the world for women working in senior management positions, according to the Women in Business 2021 report by global accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton.

The percentage of women in senior management for India stood at 39 per cent, as against the global average of 31 per cent, which signals the changing outlook of Indian businesses towards working women.

The percentage of women leaders across key positions in C-Suite in the country also emerged higher than the global average in the report. While globally, businesses with at least one woman in the senior management role increased to 90 per cent, the same stands at 98 per cent in India. In fact, 47 per cent of mid-market businesses in India now have women CEOs compared with 26 per cent globally.

Sharing her views on the report findings, Pallavi Joshi Bakhru, Partner, Grant Thornton Bharat, said: “Under the challenging circumstances of 2020, the boundaries between work and home have blurred. In this scenario, it is good to see action being taken by businesses to ensure employee engagement and inclusion.”

As per Vishesh C. Chandiok, CEO, Grant Thornton Bharat, the findings from the report reflect the willingness of businesses to adapt, innovate and create a diverse culture. “It is heartening to note India ranks higher than its global counterparts in creating a gender inclusive culture. We are third with 39 per cent women in senior management positions. With more women taking on leadership roles and diversity on board, businesses will open new opportunities for growth.”

The report also covers the impact of Covid-19 in the workplace, especially on women. A total of 88 per cent respondents in India believe new working practices will benefit women’s career trajectories in the long term compared with 69 per cent globally. ‘Innovative’, ‘adaptive to change’ and ‘courageous to take risks’ will emerge as top leadership traits in 2021.

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Intel-owned Mobileye, Udelv to build 35K autonomous vehicles

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Intel-owned Mobileye and Udelv, a Silicon Valley venture-backed company, have announced to produce more than 35,000 autonomous vehicles by 2028, with commercial operations beginning in 2023.

Mobileye’s self-driving system — Mobileye Drive — will “drive” the next-generation Udelv autonomous delivery vehicles (ADV), called “Transporters.”

“Our deal with Udelv is significant for its size, scope and rapid deployment timeline, demonstrating our ability to deliver Mobileye Drive for commercial use now and in volume,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye president and CEO.

“COVID-19 has accelerated demand for autonomous goods delivery, and we are delighted to partner with Udelv to address this demand in the near term,” he said in statement on Monday.

Donlen, one of America’s largest commercial fleet management companies at the forefront of fleet management innovation and technology, has placed the first pre-order for 1,000 ‘Transporters’ — believed to be the largest to date for an autonomous delivery vehicle.

“The readiness of Mobileye Drive, along with its vast map coverage of North America, Europe and Asia, will allow us to ramp up the production and deployment of Udelv Transporters and rapidly offer the service at scale to our expanding list of customers,” said Daniel Laury, CEO and co-founder of Udelv.

Mobileye-driven Transporters will be capable of L4 self-driving, point-to-point operation.

Udelv’s proprietary tele-operations system will allow for the maneuvering of the vehicles at the edges of the mission, in parking lots, loading zones, apartment complexes and private roads.

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Equity indices in green, auto, banking stocks rise

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A day after recording the biggest single-day fall of 2021, the key Indian equity indices traded in the green on Tuesday.

Healthy buying activity was witnessed in banking and auto stocks.

The indices have, however, declined from the intra-day highs.

At around 11.25 a.m, Sensex was trading at 48,030.96, higher by 147.58 points or 0.31 per cent from its previous close of 47,883.38.

It opened at 47,991.53 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 48,315.09 and a low of 47,775.32 points.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 14,349.85, higher by 39.05 points or 0.27 per cent from its previous close.

The top gainers on the Sensex were Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Finserv and ONGC, while the major losers were TCS, Tech Mahindra and Infosys.

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OMCs to explore fuel price revision post elections

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Fuel prices in the country remained unchanged on Tuesday with oil marketing companies continuing on the pause mode and keeping petrol and diesel prices static for a fortnight now.

Accordingly, pump prices of petrol and diesel remained at previous day’s level of Rs 90.56 and Rs 80.87 a litre respectively in the national capital.

However, the two petroleum products may see revision again post conclusion of ongoing state elections. With crude remaining below $65 a barrel, any softening on global oil in wake of fresh wave of the pandemic and rising oil stocks in US could actually mean lower petrol and diesel prices for consumers in India.

Before the long drawn pause, petrol and diesel fell by 22 paisa and 23 paisa per litre respectively on March 30. The OMCs have decided to pause price revision since then as they want to watch the crude price movement that has now fallen to around $63.5 a barrel.

Across the country as well the petrol and diesel prices remain static on Tuesday but its retail levels varied depending on the level of local levies on respective states.

In Mumbai, petrol continues to be priced at Rs 96.98 a litre and diesel at Rs 87.96 a litre. Premium petrol, however, continues to remain over Rs 100 a litre in the city as is the case with several cities across the country.

The OMCs went on price cut for the first time this year on two consecutive days – March 24 and 25 after keeping oil prices steady for past 24 days. It again reduced the price on March 30. Thereafter, fuel prices have remained unchanged.

Earlier, petrol and diesel prices increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre respectively so far this year.

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