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India is a growing market for air travel; however, the Indian sky is not free from trouble, especially at recent times. Though, each year, the number of travelers in India is increasing, both in business and leisure categories. Air travel has become accessible for more number of travelers now with lower than before fares and increased awareness. The competition in the airline space is enormous and because of which the airlines are serious than ever before to better their services to allure passengers.

Here’s a list of the top airlines in India:

Vistara: The new kid in the block, Vistara is a full-service domestic airline which started its operations in January 2015. Vistara is a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons and is headquartered in Delhi. The airline has a fleet of 24 Airbus A320 and 6 Boeing 737. After the debacle of Jet Airways, Vistara is arguably now India’s most premium domestic airline. They offer economy, premium economy, and business class seats. Vistara’s on-time performance record is pretty commendable.

IndiGo: One of India’s most loved low-cost airlines, IndiGo is now the number one carrier in the country on the basis of the size of the passenger base. It had the highest market share in the Indian airline market – 39.6% as per 2017 data. IndiGo, being a low-cost airline, doesn’t offer premium on-board services like free meals or in-flight entertainment services; however, you can expect to be on-time, most of the time as they have one of the best on-time performance records in Asia.

Air India: Indians have a love-hate relationship with Air India! This list of the top airlines in the country would be incomplete without India’s national carrier airline. This government-owned airline flies to both domestic and international destinations. As per 2017 data, Air India is the third largest domestic airline in the country in terms of passenger base and had a market share of 13.3%. Air India has a fleet of 172 aircrafts out of which 87 are owned and remaining is leased.

SpiceJet: Close to Air India in terms of market-share (as per 2017 data) is SpiceJet which is a low-cost airline and headquartered in Gurgaon. It had a market share of 13.2% in 2017.  The airline, which has been growing consistently and expanding its fleet, is trying to go for an image make-over doing away with the tag of ‘low-cost’ tag by offering premium services. As of July 2019, SpiceJet operates 306 flights daily to 35 Indian and 6 international destinations and has a fleet size of 107.

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The whole concept of carrying cash while going to shop is taking a back step in urban India and mobile wallets a.k.a m-wallets are becoming a rising trend.

You just need your smartphone to use any of these mobile wallets, which is both convenient and a safe way to pay. After demonetization happened in India more people than before have started using m-wallets. In the field of technology, digital wallets are one of the best innovations. Millions of common Indians are using e-wallets to make payments these days.

Here are the top e-wallets which you can use:

PayTm: Used by Millions, PayTm is one of the most popular mobile wallets in India. PayTm offers a totally secured online payment platform for almost all kinds of transactions. What makes PayTM standing out from the rest is it is the first one to be granted a license from Reserve Bank of India for starting India’s first payments bank. PayTm is available on platforms, Android and iOS.

MobiKwik: MobiKwik is an independent mobile payment network which lets its users add money using debit, credit card, net banking and even doorstep cash collection. One can also use MobiKwik for paying bills for electricity, water, gas, phone internet, recharging mobile, data card, DTH etc. MobiKwik is available to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users.

PhonePe: PhonePe was launched in 2015 and in just a few years it has been able to cross the 100 million download mark. PhonePe is useful from UPI payments to recharges, money transfers to online bill payments. PhonePe is one of the safest and fastest digital payment experiences in India. PhonePe is a part of the e-commerce giant Flipkart.

JioMoney: JioMoney has tie-ups with over 50,000 e-commerce websites in India. JioMoney offers a simple user interface and everything essential like wallet balance, the option to recharge, send/request money, and pay at a shop are displayed on the main page itself. It is available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Google Pay: Last in this list but obviously not the least, Google Pay is a part of the Google ecosystem. Google Pay has scaled up its user base really quickly, Though a late entrant, Google Pay now offers services like sending money, paying bills and buying online, or recharging phone. Since Google Pay works with the user’s existing bank account, one can be rest assured about the safety and security. Google Pay doesn’t ask for any KYC, as of now.

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India is among those countries where every second person rides a two-wheeler. In our country, the two-wheeler industry grew by almost 13%, and that figure has always been on the rise. Following is a list of top two-wheeler manufacturers of the country.

Hero MotoCorp: Hero MotoCorp has been India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer which sold a total of 4135200 units of two-wheelers during April-September 2018. The company has reported a growth of 9.18%. Hero Splendor and HF Deluxe have been the key contributors in this growth of the brand coupled with the overall increased sales of two-wheelers in Indian markets.

TVS Motor Company: This is an old and established brand of India which started its operation in 1877. Though the company did business in sectors like automobile, finance insurance etc. since 1955, it began shifting its focus on automobile alone. In 1980s TVS collaborated with Suzuki Motors and brought in models such as Suzuki Samurai, Suzuki Shogun and Suzuki Fiero. TVS is largely known for its iconic brand Scooty which remains among the most preferred brand in its category over the past two decades. India’s working women and college girls have made Scooty what it is today.

India Yamaha Motor: A part of Yamaha Motor Company, Japan, India Yamaha Motor holds about 7.5% of the nation’s scooter market. On an average, 15,000 scooters are sold every month by India Yamaha Motor. A few of the popular models from Yamaha are R15, SZ-X, FZ16, Fazer, SS 125, Crux, YBR 110 and YBR 125.

Bajaj Auto: Talking about two-wheelers in India and not talking about this iconic brand is not possible. Bajaj is one of the few automobile giants in India that sells not only two-wheelers, but also three and four wheelers.  The company was established during the 1930s and since then the growth story of Bajaj Auto has continued. Some of India’s most popular two-wheelers are manufactured by Bajaj Auto which includes Avenger, Pulsar, Platina and Discover. The company also manufactures a few of the high-end bikes such as Kawasaki Ninja and KTM Duke.

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There couldn’t be a better time for the startup businesses in India. With the Modi Government back into action for the second time and a vast target audience at the disposal, startup ecosystem of India couldn’t have asked for more.  

The market in India is open to a variety of ideas. Besides this, foreign investments have been flowing in the country more freely than before which is leading to the rise of capital reserve of our country. With the advent of technology, startups in India are aided immensely and that is giving them the edge to further their growth.

Here are a few of the startups in India which are grabbing our attention for the right reasons:

 Swiggy: This food-tech startup was founded in 2014 by Sriharsha Majety, Nandan Reddy and Rahul Jaimini. The model of Swiggy is acting as a mediator between the customers who order food by using the online platform and the restaurants which prepare the food ordered by the customers. Swiggy was valued at $3.3B in Dec 20, 2018 and Naspers, DST Global, Tencent Holdings, Wellington Management etc. have been the lead investors for them.

Byju’s: Byju's is probably India' largest Edtech company which has truly reinvented the way learning is looked at in our society. Learning through app was never heard of in our country and Byju’s learning programs which are effective and interactive have transformed the perception of learning.  Byju’s offers courses for students of class 6-12, and also for competitive exams like CAT, IAS, and GRE GMAT. The company was founded by Byju Raveendran in Bangalore, Karnataka. Byju’s income crossed $1 Billion in the Mar 2017-Mar 2018 financial year.

Ola Cabs: Ola Cabs is a successful Indian Multinational cab aggregator company headed by “ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd”. OLA was founded in 2010 in Mumbai by Bhavish Agarwal and Ankit Bhati. Valued at approx. $4 Billion Ola Cabs is currently the only significant competitor of Uber India. Ola does business in 4 countries as of 2019 including India, Australia, New Zealand and UK and it acquired TaxiforSure in 2014 and FoodPanda’s India business in 2017. Though lately the driver partner of OLA (and Uber too) are complaining about decline in their income, it still is the only accepted alternative of public transport in Indian cities.

OYO: OYO Rooms, commonly known as OYO, is the leading player in India’s hospitality service and budget hotel network. It is a tech-driven startup which has successfully standardized budget hotels in 200+ Indian cities and over 7000 hotels. OYO was founded in 2013 by Ritesh Agarwal based out of Gurugram, Haryana, India. OYO was valued at over $5B as of Apr 1, 2019

Bigbasket: Bigbasket has revolutionized how urban India does its grocery shopping.  It is an online food and grocery store which is happened to be the largest online supermarket in the country. The company was founded in 2011 by Hari Menon, Vipul Parekh, Abhinay Choudhari, VS Sudhakar & VS Ramesh and was valued at $2.1B in Feb 08, 2019

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For the people of Mumbai heavy downpour and catastrophe that accompanies the rain are not new. Almost every year, during the monsoon months, Mumbaikars experience severe water logging in several pockets in the city resulting in traffic congestion. More than often the local train services get hit, too, due to flooding of the railway tracks.

This year, too, for last 3 days, intense rain has been lashing the financial capital of India. Flood-prone areas like Sion, Matunga, Lower Parel, Andheri, got submerged, traffic needed to be diverted at many places such as King’s circle, Milan Subway, Andheri Subway etc. As per India Meteorological Department and the private weather forecaster Skymet intense spells of rainfall is likely to continue in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar for a few more hours.

While sailing through these difficult monsoon months, Mumbaikars never shy away from enjoying the rain and the cool weather condition that prevails. Here are some useful tips and tricks to be safe while it’s raining hard and enjoy the blessing as it lasts:

Raincoats & umbrellas: Never forget your raincoats and umbrellas while going out of the home, even if it’s not raining. Like everything else, rain is also unpredictable in our city. Among all regular and popular brands, one new entrant has captured our attention through catchy and witty hoardings across the city. Zeel brings high quality reversible rain suits for men & women. For women, they also offer full-length hooded rainwear and rain jackets. They also have raincoats for kids.   

Stay prepared: When it rains in Mumbai, roads get flooded. Being an island city comes with its own woes and hassles. Add to that, poor infrastructure and dug-up roads. If you are an office-goer, be prepared for a few days when it rains heavily and you are stuck in the office, invariably! It’s always wiser to stay back than to venture out when it’s raining heavily. On such days, often, there is power outrage and you are left in the dark. Keep a good power-bank handy and charged to battle out such occasions. Mi power bank 2i, Intex are two good brands you can consider. You can also consider keeping an emergency light such as Wipro Emerald Rechargeable, which would help you get through flooded roads and open manholes.

Transportation: Though Mumbai public transportation systems, especially BEST bus service runs efficiently throughout the rainy months, it’s still one of the biggest headaches of common Mumbaikars to reach their destinations, safely. Though not one hundred percent reliable during rainy days, app-based cab services such as Uber or Ola may come handy for you, if you are stuck somewhere and want a comfortable ride home. However, be prepared to pay a hefty sum for your ride as the surge prices are usually many times higher than the usual fare for these cab services.

Last but not the least, staying updated about the weather condition, rain forecast, traffic jams and other things is the key when the sky opens up. What better than an app which can help you with all these? Thanks to Mumbai Weather Live App, you can stay updated every 15 minutes. The app has been developed by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune.

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Apps are our friends, no denial of that, but are they all worthy to be trusted? Unfortunately, no! Google Play is a great place for developers who build Apps and want to earn money, but not all of them have the best interests in their minds. Apart from making killing your phone, these Apps can do some more serious damage such as collecting personal data from your phone; share your personal information with third parties, even stealing money from your bank account. So, be aware and delete them ASAP if you use any of the below applications:

Weather apps: If you have a habit of checking for weather updates, frequently, make sure that you do that using a browser directly from a search engine. Initially, weather apps were extremely popular, later on; it was found that a lot of them inflicted viruses in the system. A weather app had an in-built Trojan that collected the data from the user’s phone and sent it to the attackers. Especially they care for your credit card data.

Optimizers: Most of the modern smartphones have optimizing functionalities installed in them. You can use them without worrying to clear your cache and delete unnecessary files to make your phone work faster. However, installing an App to do the same is often not a good idea as these Apps make the battery life of your phone shorter. Instead of making your phone work better and faster, more than often they slow it down. So, avoiding them is a good option to ensure the longevity of your phone.

Antivirus programs: This category of Apps developed by unknown developers is most dangerous. Hackers from all over the world are creating their own anti-virus Apps which are capable of stealing personal data from your phone including bank details, credit card details etc. Not just stealing data, a few of these Apps are even capable to completely block your phone. To avoid any untoward incident, you need to make sure you’re installing a full-fledged security package from a known source.

Battery Saver & Fast Charge: You have to understand that an App cannot change your phone faster than its original ability. So, the way a battery saver cannot save battery life of your phone, a fast charger App cannot charge your phone faster even though they claim to do so with the help of all those fancy speed graphs and cool animations.

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