Taxi, auto drivers no longer require a commercial license: Here’s more

Bringing a taxi, three-wheeler, e-rickshaw or two-wheelers for the purpose of food delivery etc will be a little easier for individuals and merchants with a new government rule. Under the rule, drivers of these vehicles will no longer require a commercial licence and their private licences will be accepted legally for the same. However, the government has also said that it will be mandatory for truck, bus, other heavy commercial vehicle drivers to get commercial driving licences made. The Road Transport Ministry issued an advisory to the state governments to follow thatRead More

BHIM App cashback plans- Here’s how to get upto Rs 750

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Indian Government is in plan to more offers to attract its citizens to use BHIM app as many apps are ruling in the mode of Digital Payment options. Now BHIM is coming up with cashback scheme for both customers and merchants. Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has announced that BHIM cashback scheme has been extended. Cashback worth Rs. 51 for new customers and a total of Rs. 1,000 to merchants opting the BHIM app. With this deal, BHIM users will get Rs. 51 cashback on their first transaction usingRead More

Amazon announces feature phones sale

NEW DELHI: Amazon is holding a sale for featurehones for the first time ever, underlining the continued strong demand for the basic phones in India and the penetration of Internet into semi-urban and rural parts of the country. The online platform said the segment forms a large share of the Indian handset market and it was therefore addressing customer needs in that segment, which analysts said had only grown in the last few quarters due to the disruption caused by Reliance Retails’ Jiophone. “Feature phones continue to form the lion’sRead More

SBI Electronic Fixed Deposits (FDs): Interest Rates, Tenure, Details

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State Bank of India (SBI) offers attractive interest rates on fixed deposits (FDs). Fixed deposit, a popular savings instrument offered by banks and financial companies, assures of a fixed interest rate on customers’ investments. The biggest advantage of investing in FDs is that the investment is secure against volatility linked to other market-based savings instruments like bonds and shares. That is why FDs are apt for risk-averse investors. SBI recently revised interest rates on its FDs. The interest rates for senior citizens are slightly higher than those for others, accordingRead More

Vodafone, Idea may let go of over 5000 employees

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MUMBAI: The ongoing merger process of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular could see about a fourth of the telcos’ combined 21,000-strong workforce lose jobs in the next few months as the companies look to save on costs, eliminate duplication and improve efficiency, people familiar with the matter said. Both companies — which are making losses amid huge revenue pressure and acombined debt of some Rs 1,20,000 crore —have been advised by the nodal team handling the merger to shed at least 5,000 employees in the next couple of months. “TheRead More

Reliance Jio’s next big bet: Laptops with a SIM card

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NEW DELHI: A laptopwith a SIM card — after smartphones and the 4G feature phone — could be the next big bet for Reliance Jioin its bid to increase its average revenue per user (ARPU). The Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has held talks with US chip major Qualcomm to bring out laptops running the Windows 10 operating system with built-in cellular connections for the Indian market. Qualcomm is already closely working with Jio and Reliance Retail for the 4G feature phone. “…we have talked to Jio. They could take the device and bundle it withRead More

International Monetary Fund On Aadhaar: India Should Take Steps To Ensure Privacy

WASHINGTON:  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said India should take necessary measures to ensure privacy and security controls while implementing large identification programmes like the Aadhaar, as the global financial body identified India as a leader in the biometric identification system. The IMF in its fiscal monitor report on digital government said digitalisation can facilitate stronger governance and fiscal transparency, allowing better public awareness and scrutiny of the budget process and the design of fiscal policy. In India, the IMF said, biometric identification and electronic payments have helped reduce leakagesRead More

EPS pensioners can submit life certificate without Aadhaar, fingerprint authentication: EPFO

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Now Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) pensioners can submit life certificate without Aadhaar or even if Aadhaar fingerprint authentication fails in case of those who do possess Aadhaar. These pensioners had been facing problems in submitting Jeevan Pramaan or life certificate digitally and non-submission of life certificate would have led to stoppage of their pension. EPFO has issued instructions to all pension disbursing banks and post offices directing them to provide alternative mechanisms, including acceptance of paper life certificate, for submission of proof of life for all pensioners facing problems inRead More

Xiaomi Doubles Down on Its ‘Make in India’ Plans

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Xiaomi on Monday announced a major expansion of its “Make in India” plans, with the opening of three more smartphone plants in India. Xiaomi said it has also started manufacturing smartphones at its power bank plant in Noida, resulting in a total of six smartphone manufacturing plants in India across three different campuses in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Xiaomi also announced its first SMT (Surface Mount Technology) plant dedicated towards local manufacturing of PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) units in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Foxconn. Xiaomi saysRead More

A smartwatch to save your life.

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You may have bought an Apple Watch because it looked cool, and you thought you would be able to flaunt the way you read messages and access apps or be able to make or receive calls from the Watch itself. It is possible you did not know this smart gadget could actually save your life. But that is exactly what happened with James T. Green, who posted his experience on social media. “Never thought a stupid lil (little) wrist computer I bought two years ago would save my life. SawRead More