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eBay signs an MoU with Delhi Hindustani Mercantile Association

Online marketplace eBay has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Delhi Hindustani Mercantile Association (DHMA), an association of over 4,000 Indian fabric traders, in an attempt to get more traders online, reports Fibre2fashion.

Fabric traders from DHMA can now sell their products on eBay, across the globe in over 126 countries. Previously,a list of small trade associations had agreed to start selling via eBay including Eastern UP Exporters Association, Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce, Tirupur Exporters Associations, Surat Diamond Association and District Industries Centre among others. eBay had initially started focusing on offline brands in 2012, and had also signed an MoU with the Confederation of All India Traders,  to encourage small retailers to sell products through its platform, last year.

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Bangladesh shuts down messaging services Viber and Tango

Bangladesh telecom authorities have shut down smartphone messaging and voice service providers Viber and Tango, after they allegedly became a popular communication medium for supporters of the anti-government protests, reports Mizzima.

The Bangladesh Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission closed down the apps ‘for the time being’ without any reason, although local TV reported the move was to stop protesters from exchanging information across the country. The banned apps were popular among activists from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its Islamist allies, which recently launched a nationwide transport blockade to try to topple the government.

RSS wants Amazon, Flipkart and eBay banned

The economic wing of the RSS has asked the Government of India to ban foreign e-commerce players like Amazon and eBay and Indian players which have high foreign investments like Flipkart for “killing domestic players in the Indian market”, reports the Indian Express.

According to the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), FDI in e-commerce should be prohibited by law as it is more harmful than FDI in retail. Indian law does not allow FDI in e-commerce sites that sell products to customers directly, although it allows FDI in market places that link sellers and buyers. This according to SJM is used by e-commerce sites to circumvent the law to sell their products in the country. SJM net the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier this month, to sought a white paper on FDI.

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