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United Airlines Names Brett Hart as Acting CEO
1.United Continental Holdings Inc on Monday said it appointed an interim leader four days after chief executive officer Oscar Munoz suffered a heart attack, raising uncertainty about whether its top official would return.
2.The airline said its general counsel Brett Hart, 46, would take on the role of acting chief executive officer, effective immediately. It said it is too soon to know the course of treatment Mr Munoz will take or the timing of his recovery.
provider Huawei have partnered to launch a smart stadium solution.
2.The solution will provide high-speed Wi-Fi access and smart services for users in stadiums and exhibition centres.
3.Under the joint solution, Huawei will provide WLAN network infrastructure, while Infosys will offer a multi-tenant, cloud-based platform with managed operations and services.
Global Assets Under Management to Swell to $102 Trillion in 2020
1.Global Assets Under Management (AUM) are set to swell to $102 trillion in 2020 and the tax function would play critical role in determining front-runners in this space going forward, a PwC report says.
2.In 2020, investors’ expectations will include a robust and efficient tax infrastructure. And zero tolerance of tax uncertainty or tax adjustments,” the report titled “Asset Management 2020 and beyond.
3.In-house asset management tax teams will need to evolve to deal with perpetual audits and to engage with tax authorities on a frequent basis to influence policy and help guide the implementation of tax rules, PwC’s William Taggart, Global Tax Leader, Asset Management said.
Google Takes Stake in $300 Million China Start-Up Mobvoi
1.Google will take a minority stake in Beijing-based artificial intelligence firm Mobvoi as part of a $75 million fundraising round, the start-up as the US search giant tries to rebuild its presence in China.
2.Mobvoi works on artificial intelligence (AI) voice-controlled software, like that used in Google’s Android products for mobile search, and also develops hardware like smart watches. Google’s parent company is now named Alphabet Inc.
3.The Google-led Series C fundraising values Mobvoi at $300 million, with the start-up maintaining a controlling stake, said co-founder Li Yuanyuan in a telephone interview. The size of the US firm’s investment was not disclosed by Li or in Mobvoi’s e-mailed statement .
Veteran Filmmaker K S L Swamy Dies at 77
1.Renowned Kannada filmmaker Kikkeri Shamanna Lakshminarayana Swamy breathed his last on Tuesday. He was 77. According to a family source, Mr Swamy died at his residence on Tuesday.
2.Mr Swamy began his cinematic journey as an assistant to legendary filmmakers such as G V Iyer and M R Vittal. In 1966, he made his debut as director with Kannada film Thoogudeepa.
3.His other popular films include Lagna Pathrike, Gandhinagara, Driver Hanumantha and Huli Hejje.
4.He’s a recipient of National Award and is a Padma Bhushan awardee as well.
5.He is survived by his wife and noted actor B V Radha and daughter Dhanalakshmi.
Food on Wheels: An Initiative that Promotes Food Safety with Women Empowerment
1.Streets in major cities of Kerala will soon be dotted with ‘food trucks’, providing healthy, hygienic and delicious dishes, thanks to ‘Food on Wheels’, an innovative initiative drawn up by Gender Park, a state-owned autonomous institution.
2.After the success of its acclaimed ‘She-Taxi’ project, the Gender Park, under the Department of Social Justice, is now set to launch the ‘Food on Wheels’ programme, which is envisaged to achieve food safety along with women empowerment. Under the initiative, around 2500 women entrepreneurs will serve high quality food at cheap rates through mobile food units, which will be stationed nearby schools, colleges and government offices, Gender Park CEO Dr PTM Sunish told.