To monitor the deep discounts offered on e-commerce websites, the government has proposed changes to the Consumer Protection (e-commerce) Rules 2020, banning all “flash sales”.
The ‘conventional’ flash sale has not been banned. Only ‘predatory’ ones will be banned though the proposed rules leave a lot of grey area.
Certain e-commerce entities are engaging in limiting consumer choice by indulging in ‘back to back’ or ‘flash’ sales wherein one seller on a platform does not carry any inventory or order fulfilment capability but merely places a ‘flash or back to back’ order with another seller controlled by platform.
Indian officials made a “quiet visit” to Doha in order to speak to the Taliban’s political leadership based there. This appears to be the first official confirmation that New Delhi has engaged the Taliban directly.
The statement came just days after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar stopped over in Doha to meet with the Qatari leadership twice in the last two weeks.
The Qatar government has hosted the Taliban’s main office in Doha since 2013, and is the organiser of the Intra Afghan Dialogue or Afghan-Taliban.