Astro Sage Varta could be interesting if user interface gets better and live sessions are less glitchy

In an age of uncertainity, the curiosity to know what lies ahead beckons. Practices like astrology, palmistry, kundli reading and reiki have taken on a new form in the digital era. In the last two years alone, a slew of startups have popped up vying for a piece of this growing market, which by some estimates is at about $40 billion. 

One among them is AstroSage Varta, which was launched around 2020. It currently has over 10 lakh downloads and a 4.7 rating, according to the Google Playstore. 

Using AstroSage Varta 

Users are first greeted with a orange-white themed interface, which resembles a temple, followed by the app logo—a phone receiver that looks similar to Viber, an app which can be used to make free calls. There is an option to pick your language preference from the listed options that include English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi.

The sour

How data can be used to optimise healthcare

Technology is evolving at a very fast pace and with the world moving towards digitalisation, the healthcare industry is also keen to quickly embrace the digitalised world. The industry is transforming itself to become more automated and centered around AI/ML. 

This can help transform inefficient pharma and medicine ecosystems into ones that provide inexpensive, fast, and effective solutions for diseases, while democratising the relationship between professionals and patients.

Today everyone has access to some or the other latest diagnostic tools such as wearable health tech gadgets, telemedicine, remote consultation, and intuitive mobile apps. These have contributed to both holistic healthcare and comprehensive user experience. 

Having said that, the focus on the development of better medication and increased usage of data-driven patient care has changed the role of technology in the healthcare sector. Digital technologies are driving remarkable changes in how technology in healthcare services is delivered and received by users

InCred Capital forays into retail wealthtech with Orowealth acquisition

InCred Capital has entered into the retail wealthtech industry with the acquisition of Orowealth in an all-cash deal.

With this acquisition, the company has launched InCred Money, a retail-focussed digital investment platform.

The acquisition brings AuM (assets under management) of Rs 1,100+ crore along with a robust technology platform and an experienced team to InCred Money. Vijay Kuppa, the co-founder of Orowealth, will lead InCred Money as the CEO, according to a press release.

Founded by three IIT Bombay batchmates in 2016, Nitin Agrawal, Vijay Kuppa and Yogesh Powar, Orowealth is a retail-focussed digital investment platform that helps retail investors diversify their

portfolio by providing access to niche, low-ticket investment opportunities, which were historically available only to HNIs/ UHNIs and Corporates.

The startup allows users to invest in multiple products such as bonds, mutual funds, fractional real estate, green investing, P2Ploans, invoice discounting, etc. Investors can get personalised guidance and

Swiggy offers premium grocery delivery with new vertical, Handpicked

Food and grocery delivery company Swiggy is piloting the delivery of premium groceries under its new business vertical, Handpicked, according to reports. Unlike its quick commerce grocery delivery model Instamart, Handpicked will only deliver orders the next day.

In response to detailed queries sent by YourStory, a Swiggy spokesperson said,  “Swiggy Handpicked, an invite-only offering from Swiggy, helps customers discover and purchase groceries, ranging from global favourites to regional and local delights that are not easily accessible. Handpicked is currently under pilot with select users. Stay tuned for more updates.”

The Economic Times was the first to report the development. The report said that the service is in pilot mode in Bengaluru and is available to users through invite-only. 

Handpicked lists out premium products including specific variants of brands available only in the overseas markets, such as Coca Cola’s Cherry Cola. It also lists premium local offerings

Adani takes full control of NDTV

The Adani Group on Friday gained full control of news broadcaster NDTV Limited after it acquired most of the stake of founders Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy, at a premium of almost 17% over the rate it paid to minority shareholders of the firm.

The Adani Group now holds 64.71% of New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV), according to a regulatory filing.

In a later development, NDTV said the Roys, along with four other directors, have resigned following the change of ownership.

Besides, the former promoters of the news broadcaster have asked to be re-classified from ‘promoter’ to ‘public’ category shareholders, which was approved by the Board of Directors, subject to the approval of the shareholders of the company, stock exchanges, and other necessary approvals.

The other directors who have resigned are Darius Taraporvala and independent directors Kaushik Dutta, Indrani Roy, and John Martin O’Loan.

Prannoy and