OPINION, P2 SPOTLIGHT ACROSS THE AISLE , P CHIDAMBARAM The online gaming industry has opened new dimensions for consumers as well as companies. With entertainment options remaining few and far between, the space is also witnessing a secular growth Page 5 Big,rich and unaccountable LEISURE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY ‘Our content is edgy’ Lionsgate Play, the newest OTT platform in India, has seen a successful year in the country Page 7 WORDS WORTH Follow us on Twitter & Facebook. App available on App Store & Play Store WWW.FINANCIALEXPRESS.COM VOL XVI NO. 26 A NEW FACE OF GANDHI FINANCIAL EXPRESS ON SUNDAY B E N G A L U R U , APPEALING PROTESTING FARMERS toendtheiragitation, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday said the Centre has agreed to their demand of decriminalising stubble burning.Tomar, in an official statement,saidtheotherdemandof farmers was to have a discussion on the minimum support price (MSP) and crop diversification.Thisdemandwillalsobe fulfilledwiththesettingupofa panel as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“The farmers’ demand was to decriminalise stubble burning. Continued on Page 11 ODD & EVEN Bill to repeal laws in LS on Monday TO REPEAL THE three farm laws against which farmers have been protesting,thegovernmentwill introduce in Lok Sabha a new bill on Monday, which states that though “only a small group of farmers are protesting” againsttheselegislations, the need of the hour is to take along everyone for inclusive growth. Continued on Page 11 ROHNIT PHORE K O C H I , K O L K A T A , L U C K N O W , M U M B A I , N E W OMICRON Review plans to ease travel: PM ● Tells officials to reassess decision to resume int’l flights from December 15 ‘More ease of doing biz soon’ THE GOVERNMENT IS mulling a proposal to trim the frequency of renewals and permits to be obtained by companies, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday, as he called for further reduction in India Inc’s compliance burden. PAGE 3 Q2 PERFORMANCE AWORLD ON ALERT People being tested in Johannesburg on Saturday. With each passing hour, new curbs are being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried to contain the new variant of coronavirus Report P 12 nation in the country, was briefed by top health officials about ‘Omicron’, described by WHOas a“variantof concern”. Continued on Page 11 tion (WTO) has postponed its crucial meet of trade ministers from various countries, scheduled to start from November 30 in Geneva, for a second time, after an outbreakofanewstrain oftheCovid-19virusled several governments to impose travel curbs.It is the first major trade casualty of the newCovidvariant. No date has been set for reconvening the 12th ministerial conference, widely seen as a test of the WTO's relevance amid persistent PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi, November 27 Continued on Page 11 THE WORLD TRADE Organiza- AMID MOUNTING GLOBAL con- QuickPicks P U N E onslaught by key members on the multilateral trading system that it represents. The Geneva ministerial was to run until December 3 and host negotiations on a broad rangeofcriticalissues,including theWTO’sresponsetocontaining Covid-19 pandemic,curbs on fishery subsidies and a permanent solution to the public procurement programmes for food security. Although stark differences persistamongvariouscountrieson manyof the issues,face-to-face talks would have served to narrowthe differences. FE BUREAU New Delhi, November 27 FE BUREAU Pune, November 27 cerns over the new coronavirus strain‘Omicron’,PrimeMinister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressedtheneedtobeproactive and directed officials to review plansforeasingofinternational travel restrictions in light of the “emergingnewevidence”.Modi, who chaired a comprehensive meeting to reviewthe situation related to Covid-19 and vacci- D E L H I , Paytm loss widens to WTO defers ministers’ meet `473 crore Continued on Page 11 FINANCIALTECHNOLOGYFIRM Paytm’s parent One 97 CommunicationsonSaturdayreported widening of consolidated loss to about `473 crore in the second quarter ended September 2021,mainly on account of increaseinpaymentprocessing charges. It had posted a loss of `436.7 crore in the same quarter a year ago, according to an exchangefiling.Itsconsolidated total income increased by 49.6%to`1,086.4croreduringthe quarterfrom`663.9croreinthe correspondingperiod of FY’21. RISING FUEL PRICES Small is big: How the ‘Chhotu’ LPG cylinder became a bestseller ANUPAM CHATTERJEE New Delhi, November 27 WHEN POPULASR SHAMPOO brands started selling sachets, they managed to rope in a consumer with small pockets but big aspirations. Small soon becamebigintheFMCGindustry,witheverythingfromcoffee to chips and shampoo to cream beingsoldinsingle-usepacking costing not more than `5,thus reaching buyers who could neverafford the largerpacks. Withfuelcostsspiraling,the LPGcylinderhasalsotakenona ‘Chhotu’5-kgavatarthatisgetting popular. Even if the small cylinder costs a bit more, it makessenseformanywhocan’t shell out `900 in one go but would prefer to commit `500 forthe small one instead. The uptake of small cylinders would probably grow further if the government’s plan to supply these through the network of fair price shops across the country kicks off.And with no subsidy in sight for LPG, more consumers would be forced to opt for the smaller ones. Sale of 5 kg LPG cylinder units by IOCL FY21 71,23,587 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi, November 27 H Y D E R A B A D , FY20 68,42,819 Stubble burning: Demand to decriminalise accepted C H E N N A I , FY19 43,37,108 FARMERS' PROTEST C H A N D I G A R H , 23,82,806 F R O M : A H M E D A B A D , FY18 P U B L I S H E D READ TO LEAD 6,61,980 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021, 12 Pages, `10 FY17 AHMEDABAD An interesting attempt to discover the economist in the Mahatma Page 4 Continued on Page 11 '' don’t bother for scars any more. '' To get blemish free skin use NO SCARS. It helps to reduce and remove, scars and marks. RA ALOE VE Face h Was 100r% ue P rian a Veget ap So PREMIUM QUALITY SOAP Get dazzling Glamour with... Long Lasting Premium Quality Soap Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. This belief paves the way to real beauty inside which reflects outside. NO SCARS BEAUTY SOAP helps making your skin look soft and radiant. 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