New Delhi: Services were affected for over an hour on the Red Line of the Delhi Metro due to a technical snag in the Dilshad Garden-Shahdara section of the corridor on Wednesday, officials said.The Red Line connects Rithala in Delhi to Shahid Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad. “Due to an OHE (overhead electricity) wire issue on the Dilshad Garden-Shahdara section, train services were affected. As a result, trains were temporarily run in two separate loops,” a senior DMRC official said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarServices between Shahdara and Dilshad Garden stations were run on a single line until the sang was rectified, he said. Only one station, Jhilmil, falls on the Shahdara and Dilshad Garden section. The DMRC had posted on Twitter around noon time that services were affected and trains were run on two separate loops. Later in another tweet, the DMRC said, “Normal services resumed at 1:45pm”. In the evening, the DMRC in a statement said, “Train Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Financeservices between Shahdara and Dilshad Garden section of the Red Line were operated on a single line from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm to undertake repair work of some components of overhead wire (OHE) line near Shahdara station on the up line (going towards Shaheed Sthal station).” During this period, services were “running normal” on the rest of the Red Line except a delay in the affected section, it said. “The repair work of OHE was over at 1:45 pm, and accordingly, normal services through both up and down line in this section were restored,” the statement added.
New Delhi: The Crime Branch of the Delhi police has arrested a cab driver who allegedly supplied firearms to various criminal gangs active in Najafgarh, Dwarka and Uttam Nagar areas, the police said on Friday. The accused, who was arrested on Wednesday, procured the firearms from Western Uttar Pradesh before selling them in the national capital, the police said. The accused, who has been identified as Rahul Singh alias Guddu (41), was carrying three sophisticated pistols and a country made pistol when he was arrested by the Crime Branch team from Sector 13 in Dwarka. “The accused used to purchase sophisticated pistols from his contact in Aligarh for Rs 20,000-25,000 apiece and sold them to criminals in Delhi for Rs 50,000-60,000. He also purchased country made pistols (katta) for Rs 2,000-4,000 each before selling them to criminals for Rs 6,000-7,000,” said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime (Narcotics). According to the police, the accused was supplying fire arms to criminals in the national capital for the last six months. The police are also conducting raids to get to the source of the illegal firearms.
Mumbai: Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha, whose latest film Article 15 is on caste discrimination, says people need to just let actor Zaira Wasim be if she has chosen to quit the film industry. Zaira made an announcement of her “disassociation” with acting, saying: “While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my Imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened.” Sinha says it is her choice after all. “Even I have Muslim friends who keep themselves away from clicking pictures because he says that that goes against Islam. I know young Hindu boys who one fine day decided to leave the materialistic world and go in search of God. It is their choice and there is no wrong in it,” explained the filmmaker, who helmed Mulk, which delved upon religious discrimination. “Yes, if she (Zaira) is forced by somebody to do so, then it is a different point of discussion. But I am not aware of that. So, I cannot comment on it,” he further added. Zaira received a lot of praise for her performance in the film Secret Superstar where she played the role of a burkha-clad Muslim singer, who becomes a YouTube sensation due to her beautiful voice.
VANCOUVER – Every year, on the anniversary of Robert Dziekanski’s death, Zofia Cisowski lays red and white roses and prays at the spot where her son died in Vancouver’s airport in 2007.She was just there on Oct. 14, marking 10 years since he died tragically after being jolted by a police Taser.On Monday, after Canada’s top court dismissed the appeals of two men convicted of perjury in connection with the incident, Cisowski said her annual visits will feel different.“My son was so good to me. He loved me so much. He was my life, and it has been a very long, hard journey for me,” she said through tears.“I was waiting for this news (for) 10 years. I had no life,” she said in an interview from her home in Kamloops, B.C. “Until now, there wasn’t justice for Robert. But today, I think differently. I am so, so happy. … I feel like I’m alive again.”The Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeals immediately after hearing them. Because the justices ruled from the bench, formal reasons for their decision were not immediately available.Kwesi Millington and Benjamin (Monty) Robinson were among four Mounties charged with perjury following a public inquiry into the death of Dziekanski, who was in the process of emigrating from Poland to live with his mother in Kamloops.A bystander’s video played at the public inquiry and viewed millions of times on social media showed four RCMP officers approaching a troubled Dziekanski at the airport. Within minutes, he was jolted several times with a Taser and lay dead on the floor.The officers told the inquiry they perceived Dziekanski as a threat when he picked up a stapler.The inquiry’s commissioner, Thomas Braidwood, said in his 470-page report that the officers approached the scene as if they were responding to a “barroom brawl.” He said they failed to reassess the situation when it became clear they were dealing with a distraught traveller who didn’t speak English, rather than the drunk, violent man they’d anticipated.Millington, who fired the Taser, and Robinson, who was the senior officer at the scene, were found guilty in B.C. Supreme Court of colluding to make up testimony presented at the inquiry.The Crown’s case, based on circumstantial evidence, alleged the officers first concocted a story to tell investigators and then lied at the public inquiry to cover it up.Millington and Robinson were convicted, while Bill Bentley and Gerry Rundell were both acquitted of the charge.Millington was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Robinson was handed a jail term of two years less a day, one year of probation and 240 hours of community service.Both men separately appealed their convictions, arguing that the trial judge made a mistake in assessing the evidence against them.B.C.’s Court of Appeal upheld their convictions.In Millington’s appeal, Justice David Harris said that the constable was simply asking the court to reinterpret the evidence and draw different inferences from it.Millington’s lawyer, Glen Orris, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Cisowski, 70, recalled how excited she had been for her son to arrive in Canada 10 years ago. She had lined up a job and English classes for him, and the two were to have a “perfect life” together, she said.“I was friend, mother, father, everything for him,” she sobbed.Cisowski said she would have liked to see the officers face more serious charges, and for all four to be convicted, but she still felt happy to have some form of justice for her son.“Anything is good for me,” she said. “It is time to go to jail for them. I know now the justice system works for victims.”— With files from James McCarten in Ottawa
The Canadian Press SYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton community has leaped into action following the sudden closure of a Sydney call centre that left nearly 700 people without jobs just three weeks before Christmas.In the wake of the ServiCom facility closure announced Thursday — following weeks of pay delays — another local business has decided to forgo its Christmas party, opting instead to donate the funds set aside for the bash to help the employees left stunned and jobless by the move.Seaside Communications, a telecommunications company based out of nearby Reserve Mines, has donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army Sydney Community Church, which is working to assist those affected through its food bank and Christmas assistance program.Seaside Communications CEO Loran Tweedie says the team decided to donate the money because of the “profound impact” the closure had on the tightly knit community.In an email, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education spokeswoman Shannon Kerr said the department has launched an investigation into the situation and is making it a priority.Nova Scotia Business Minister Geoff MacLellan offered a glimmer of hope for the affected staff on Friday, saying he was confident the call centre had a “bright future” after speaking with a prospective buyer Friday morning.
Rabat – A pillar of the Moroccan overseas community, El Jamri died on Tuesday night in Rabat.His brother Faissal El Jamri confirmed it on Facebook. “My big brother Abdelhamid has died,” he wrote.Born in Guerrouane near Meknes in 1957, El Jamri held several positions on migration. El Jamri chaired the international network “Initiatives 21 for Development.” El Jamri also chaired several integration and assistance programs in European countries, according to Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME). The author of several books on migration, El Jamri was also a member of the CCME and the president of the working group “Administration, User Rights and Public Policies.”El Jamri, who was also an expert in the European Union in economic development, served as the director of the Higher Institute of Training and Development in France.Saddened by the news, the head of the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) Driss El Yazami wrote on his Twitter: “It is with sadness that I learned about the death of Abdelhamid Jamri tonight in Rabat. My sincere condolences to his family, his relatives and his friends. Rest in peace dear Hamid.”C’est avec tristesse que j’ai appris le décès de Abdelhamid Jamri @Aeljamri cette nuit à Rabat. Mes sincères condoléances à sa famille, ses proches et ses amis. RIP cher Hamid … pic.twitter.com/3mw2i94mGq— Driss El Yazami (@DrissElyazami) November 7, 2018
OTTAWA — The clock ran out Wednesday for thousands of temporary foreign workers in Canada as work permits expired for those who have been in the country for more than four years.[np_storybar title=”Loss of temporary foreign workers will leave Canadian franchises struggling to find workers” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/loss-of-temporary-foreign-workers-will-leave-canadian-franchises-struggling-to-find-workers/”%5DIn light of these changes, the most immediate issue for franchises is where they will find replacement staff when many of their workers leave in a few days. The government’s hope is that unemployed Canadians will fill the jobs, reinforcing its intent that TFWs only be accessed as a last resort when there are truly no Canadians available for the job. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]In 2011, the Conservative government set April 1, 2015, as the deadline for temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to either become permanent residents or return home.In Alberta alone, 10,000 temporary foreign workers have applied to stay in Canada.Immigration Canada hasn’t divulged the total number of workers who are now required to leave, but immigration and labour market experts have estimated tens of thousands are affected.Richard Kurland, a Vancouver immigration lawyer, said temporary workers with legal representation have found ways to stay past the deadline with so-called bridging options that could lead to permanent residence.But many workers can’t use that approach, Kurland said.“The sad thing is that the victims are people unable to access bridging provisions that would have given them more time in Canada … because a large number can’t access immigration lawyers; they can’t afford it.”Vanessa Routley, a Toronto immigration lawyer, was critical of the deadline.“The four-year limit deliberately and unfairly targets the lowest-paid and lowest-skilled temporary workers … executives and engineers will not be affected,” she said.“Rather than offering these hard workers a pathway to permanent residence where they could continue the low-skilled jobs nobody else wants, the Canadian public has been sold a line that exchanging one legion of temporary workers for another every four years is a solution.”CFIB wants temporary foreign workers program replaced by visa that addresses labour shortagesWestern provinces have a pressing need for temporary foreign workers, premiers sayEmployment Minister Pierre Poilievre defended the government’s position.“Our policy is that Canadians should come first for Canadian jobs,” Poilievre said after Wednesday’s weekly caucus meeting.“The April 1st deadline has been known for a very long time, and the purpose of the program is for it to be temporary. That’s why they’re called temporary foreign workers.”Businesses should increase their wage rates and hire Canadians if they’re struggling to fill positions, he added.Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has also said that “permanent residents have never been more numerous.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld But Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau accused the Conservatives of further “mismanagement” of the temporary foreign workers program with the April 1 deadline.“This is yet another example of a government that lacks both compassion and a flexible reasonableness around supporting both Canadian businesses and industries and some very vulnerable people who are continually hoping for a path to citizenship,” Trudeau said.Several organizations, including the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Alberta Federation of Labour, have called for an easier path to permanent residence and eventually citizenship for temporary foreign workers, especially those employed in provinces with labour shortages.The CFIB has warned that hotel rooms won’t be cleaned and the lineups at fast-food restaurants will move a lot more slowly with fewer foreign workers.Gil McGowan, head of the labour federation, said in a statement that Canada doesn’t need “an exploitative” temporary foreign worker program.“What we need is real immigration. We also need better training — both in our schools and from employers — so that Canadians can benefit from the opportunities offered in our national and regional labour markets.”
He said that misinformation was leading to panic being spread which will not help attempts to return the country to normalcy. “We must differentiate between normal criminal activity and terrorist activity,” he said.Hakeem said that some items discovered during the search operations would have been kept for self-defence purposes in any community. A group of Muslim Ministers and Parliamentarians as well as Muslim civil society said that some items found during police raids carried out on Muslim homes and places of worship, were kept for self defence.Addressing a special media conference in Colombo today, the Muslim Ministers and civil society said that misinformation was leading to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka being given a bad name. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem said that search operations being conducted by the Police were being unnecessarily sensationalised by the media. He also said that if the search operation was conducted around the country involving every community much more items would have been found.Hakeem said that since the search operations are focused only on the Muslim community the discoveries give the impression the Muslims are preparing to create serious mayhem. (Colombo Gazette)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Ohio State flirted with defeating a ranked opponent against Nebraska, but came up empty-handed after a late-game meltdown. Saturday, the Buckeyes will look to upset No. 16-ranked Illinois. Offense I was hesitant to jump on the Braxton Miller bandwagon, but consider my bags packed. Under Miller, the Buckeyes held a 27-6 lead in the third quarter. Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman was dialing up misdirections, play-action passes and seemed to get rid of the “run on first and second down, pass on third, punt and repeat” philosophy. When Miller’s injury forced Joe Bauserman back into the game, the offense ceased to exist. OSU needs a healthy Miller behind center to keep the defense honest. When defenses are preoccupied with Miller’s legs, passing plays and running lanes open. Daniel “Boom” Herron is back this week and Bollman would be wise to feed him the ball. The Buckeyes are 18-1 in games in which Herron has at least 55 yards rushing and 20-3 in games in which he scores a touchdown. Fickell said that Herron will likely be seen on special teams, but he needs to factor in the offense too. Defense The Buckeyes defense picked up where it left off against Michigan State – but only for two quarters. They held the No. 1-ranked rushing offense to just 37 yards and six points in the first half. But in the second half, when the team needed the defense the most, they fell apart allowing 195 rushing yards and 28 points. The defense needs to force turnovers as they did in crucial situations against Michigan State. The Buckeyes forced just one Nebraska turnover, an interception, and that came in the first half. Being on the road again, the Buckeyes will have to fight momentum and the crowd. The easiest way to stop momentum is with a turnover from the defense. Senior defensive end Nate Williams is out for the year, so someone on the defense must step up as a permanent pass-rushing threat. In the disastrous second half against Nebraska, the Buckeyes again went without a quarterback sack. Special teams Fittingly, junior punter Ben Buchanan continues to be the Buckeyes’ best player. He downed a punt inside Nebraska’s 10-yard line as well as pinning the Cornhuskers inside their own 20-yard line twice, including a 55-yard boot. They will need him to help control the field position battle. Drew Basil has been reliable this season, hitting 7-of-9 field goal attempts and leading the Buckeyes in scoring. If OSU has a chance to put three points on the board, they would be wise to take them. If special teams are where Herron makes his appearances Saturday, he needs to make the most of them and provide the team with a spark. As senior offensive tackle Mike Adams showed against Nebraska, this team feeds off of a confident senior player. Coaching The coaches must come up with an offensive gameplan that is operational with or without Miller. As effective as Miller was against Nebraska, the offense cannot depend solely on him. A freshman scrambler is going to get beat around, and if he has to come off the field, the offense must continue to attack. And, if Miller goes down again, the coaches should take a good hard look at third-string sophomore quarterback Kenny Guiton. The Bauserman experiment has been tried, and it has failed – miserably. The offense couldn’t be any less effective under Bauserman.
ROY KEANE THINKS there’s ‘plenty of players’ in the Irish squad who are better than he was, according to Ray Houghton.The former Liverpool and Aston Villa midfielder was tasked with interviewing prospective new managers, along with FAI performance director, Ruud Dokter.Houghton says he met with Keane for two hours when Martin O’Neill suggested he wanted the Corkman as his assistant.“In that chat I had with him I found him very humble when he was talking about his abilities,” Houghton said on RTE’s Primetime programme tonight.“I actually put that question to him about handling players and as I was about to go into a monologue about what I think he should do differently he stopped me in my tracks and said you know what, the type of players I was I was a good runner; there’s plenty of players in the Irish set-up better than me. I think he’s learned from his mistakes and I think he’s going to be very good for the Irish set-up.”Houghton said he had never had a long conversation with his former international team-mate about football before and was surprised by Keane’s depth of knowledge.“As far as Roy’s concerned, that was purely down to Martin O’Neill. He wasn’t forced onto Martin at all. It was Martin’s decision to ask for him as his assistant and time will tell if it’s the right choice. I personally think it is.“I spoke to Roy and had a good chat with him for over two hours and he impressed me hugely. I thought what he had to say was excellent, he surprised me and it takes a lot to surprise me in football, I can assure you. He said the right things and I really think he’s earned a great deal from his time at Ipswich and I think he’s going to do really well for the country.O’Neill and Keane working for ITV tonight in San Sebastian on Tuesday night. Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer“I must admit I’ve never really sat down with Roy for a great length of time and spoke about football,” he continued. “I obviously knew he was a fantastic footballer who works in the TV industry like a lot of us. But I didn’t realise his depth of knowledge was quite what it was and his depth of knowledge of the Irish set-up.“I spoke to him for two hours and it could have been another two hours at least such was his enthusiasm and his knowledge and from that point of view I was surprised at the detail that he went into. But I was pleasantly surprised and I think he and Martin will form a very good understanding. There’s no question, having spoken to both of them, they know their roles. Martin is the manager and Roy is there to assist him and we’ll see what develops over the coming months.”SaipanWhen asked if Keane’s standards were too high for the Championship-level players he led at Ipswich Town, Houghton said: ” All Roy wants is the best for his players. He wants them to go out in training, in matches and produce their best football.“He’s not asking for anything more from them. He’s not asking for anything they’re not incapable of doing. It’s just having a bit of pride in your country, a bit of pride in playing for a team, going out there and playing to the best of your ability. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. That’s his standards that he wants and it’s up to the players to match those standards. Not just his, Martin O’Neill’s exactly the same.”What do you think? VIDEO: Lee Dixon labels O’Neill and Keane ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and lives to tell the taleVan Persie misses penalty in Sociedad stalemate
When Ludacris has some big news to announce, where does he go? Why, Gearlog, of course. We met up with the rapper/actor in a posh hotel room in Vegas to discuss Soul, his new line of headphones.Of course, Ludacris isn’t the first rapper to get his own line of branded headphones–Dre and Puffy already beat him to that one–be he seems pretty sure that his is the best. Soul features five different modes, the High Definition Professional SL300 Powered Noise Cancelling headphone, High Definition On-Ear models SL150 and SL100, and the SE99 and SE49 High Definition In-Ear headphones.All boast “world class” noise cancellation and audio mixing, according to the company. After the jump, check out our interview with the man himeself.
With Greeks in Australia dating back to the late 19th century – and with the new wave of migrants being very fluent English speakers – one would argue about the need for Greek interpreters in Melbourne today. Yet, one visit to the hospitals of the city would be enough to demonstrate the significance of interpreters when it comes to people getting the health care that they need. Particularly at the Monash Health hospitals (in Clayton, Moorabin, Dandenong, Casey, Cranbourne, and Kingston), dozens of Greek Australians flock to the clinics for their health management. In the majority are people of a certain age who arrived in Australia during the mass migration of the ’50s and ’60s. They are not confident that their basic grasp of English is adequate to get them through an appointment with a clinician, let alone a meeting about critical health conditions. Hence the significance of the Greek interpreter team, which was selected for the Monash Health Quarterly’s iCare Award. Serving as a recognition of hospital employees’ commitment to the Monash Health iCare values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence, the award is part of a recognition program that further encourages the staff to pursue excellence. The Greek interpreter team is an integral part of Monash Health’s Language Services, available to the thousands of patients, originating from 180 countries, cared for by the 1400 staff of Monash Health. “What we do with our work is to point out that the language and culture of non-English speakers should not be an obstacle to their daily lives, but, on the contrary, should be considered an asset”, said Anthony Paschos, core member of the Greek interpreters team, and an active member in the Greek community. “In our day, the culture of profit has been prevailing, but such honorary distinctions cannot be assessed with dollars and cents. It’s a matter of ethics and honourable service, which cannot be bought or sold”. Along with Dimitri Matheas and Theodora Lakoumenta, Mr Paschos was presented the award by Monash Health CEO, Andrew Stripp. “I would like to personally thank you for your contribution to Monash Health”, he stated in his written address. “It is the effort of you and your colleagues that make us a great health service”. For his part, interpreter and journalist Dimitris Matheas wanted to “share this honour with the Greeks who come to the hospital to be treated”, as well as with the broader Greek community. “It is a double honour, to be able to assist first-generation Greeks – the pioneers and veterans of hard labour – who are now facing various health issues. Our team works in a harmonious and professional team environment, and we cannot stress enough the importance of the support we receive from the director of the Language Services, Mili Plesic”, he added. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
MIAMI — The man suspected of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and other opponents of President Donald Trump kept a list of elected officials and others who investigators believe were intended targets, an official told The Associated Press on Monday.The disclosure came as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc made his initial court appearance in Miami federal court Monday, saying little but tearing up, and after bomb squads were called to a post office in Atlanta about a suspicious mailing to CNN similar to the pipe bomb packages recovered in the case last week.The official said authorities had recovered soldering equipment, a printer, and stamps similar to those used on the package bombs in the investigation into Sayoc, who was arrested last week in Florida. Authorities believe Sayoc was putting explosives together in his van.The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP. The official also said that, as part of the investigation, authorities were scrutinizing Sayoc’s social media posts.The FBI said via its Twitter account that the recovered package in Atlanta was “similar in appearance” to the bubble-wrapped manila envelopes authorities say were sent by Sayoc to intended targets from Delaware to California, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the PFA player of the month for his performances in MarchESPN has reported that the Egypt international won the award for a fourth time this season after scoring six goals and contributing one assist in his four Premier League encounters against Newcastle, Manchester United, Watford and Crystal Palace in March.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The former AS Roma star has also leapfrogged Harry Kane to the top of the scoring charts of the Premier League and looks set to be the odds on favourite to claim his maiden Golden Boot award in the league. Salah currently has 29 goals to his name and has scored five more than the England international as the season begins to come to a close.While Salah is currently sidelined with a groin injury that he sustained in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Manchester City for the first leg of their quarter-final tie in the Champions League, the Egyptian is expected to return for the second leg on Tuesday with boss Jurgen Klopp feeling optimistic about his chance’s of making the squad at the Etihad stadium.
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More than a dozen activists rappelled off the St. Johns Bridge in an effort to stop a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving Portland.Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard says the protesters dangling off the bridge early Wednesday have enough water and food to last for days.The Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica arrived in Portland for repairs Saturday. The Fennica was damaged earlier this month in the Aleutian Islands when it struck an underwater obstruction, tearing a gash in its hullLeonard says delaying the icebreaker will give President Obama more time to reconsider giving Shell the last permit it needs to drill.Opponents of Arctic drilling worry the area’s remoteness and rugged conditions will hamper cleanup efforts in the event of a spill, risking devastation to a fragile marine ecosystem.
Ola SBI credit cardPR HandoutOla, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms, on Wednesday announced the launch of the Ola Money SBI Credit Card in partnership with SBI Card, one of India’s largest credit card issuers.The card, which is powered by Visa, will transform the customer experience by offering a simplified application process, eliminating joining fees and providing seamless, flexible and convenient payments to millions of Ola users. Ola is targeting 10 million Ola Money-SBI Credit Cards to be issued by 2022.As the industry undergoes a digital transformation, the Ola Money SBI Card will bring together a unique payments experience alongside several best-in-class benefits for users. It offers a simplified application process with no joining fees. Ola users will be able to apply, view and manage their Credit Card directly on the Ola app with a few taps. Card users will also benefit from the highest cash-back and rewards, instantly credited to their accounts in the form of Ola Money which can be redeemed against Ola rides, flight and hotel bookings, with lifetime validity.”We are excited to launch the Ola Money SBI Credit Card and we look forward to taking this to millions of Indians over the next few years. Mobility spends form a significant wallet share for users and we see a huge opportunity to transform their payments experience with this solution. With over 150 million digital-first consumers on our platform, Ola will be a catalyst in driving India’s digital economy with cutting edge payment solutions,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola. Ola SBI credit cardPR HandoutHardayal Prasad, MD and CEO of SBI Card, said, “We are delighted to partner with Ola, to introduce the country’s first of its kind credit card in the mobility segment. The launch of Ola Money SBI Card underlines our penchant to provide innovative and industry-first payments solutions to our customers. Through this card, we aim to address their evolving mobility spends while providing them with maximum value and unique benefits on their travel spends, especially for a cab-based commute. Ola is considered a pioneer in the mobility industry and we believe this partnership will play a key role in further strengthening our card portfolio.”Speaking on the launch of the co-branded card, Nitin Gupta, CEO of Ola Financial Services (OFS), said, “Digital Payments are an integral part of mobility and through the Ola Money SBICard, we aim to transform the combined experience for millions of Ola users. We are thrilled to partner with SBI Card and Visa, two of the biggest financial brands in India, and look forward to building a very successful partnership.”TR Ramachandran, Group Country Manager – India South Asia at Visa, said, “We are delighted to partner with Ola and SBI Card to provide digital-first credit access to millions of creditworthy Ola customers and hence help expand the market. We are confident that customers can expect innovative and secure payment experiences with this innovative credit card. Transport and transit payments are one of the largest digital payment use cases worldwide. This card will help transition millions of Ola consumers from cash to secure, reliable and convenient digital payments not only for their daily commutes but for other expense categories as well.”Ola’s suite of digital financial offerings ranges from the Ola Money wallet to postpaid billing and micro-insurance for rides taken on the Ola platform. The Ola Money SBI Card has been designed keeping in mind the unique needs and aspirations of the new age Indian consumer, further reiterating the company’s focus on building cutting edge digital solutions that can strengthen the mobility ecosystem and the payments experience at large.
A seven-year-old girl has allegedly been raped by a youth in Chhagalnaiya upazila of Feni.Police arrested the alleged rapist, Mohammad Bahar, 25, son of Ruhul Amin of Shilua village in the upazila, on Saturday after a case was filed over the incident.MM Murshed, officer-in-charge of Chhagalnaiya police station, said the girl, from Kishoreganj district, had been living with her family at a rented house at Shilua.Bahar took her to a nearby shop on Friday noon and raped her there, he said.The victim’s mother and sister found the girl in the shop after a hectic search when the ‘rapist’ managed to flee seeing them.
Electric eels are easily one of Mother Nature’s most amazing creatures. Not only can they remote control their prey, but it turns out they can leap out of the water and kill animals 25 times their size.For comparison’s sake, that’d be a bit like a rhinoceros taking down something the size of a fin whale. Pretty incredible, right? To pull off this David vs. Goliath act, the eel leans on its superpower… only there’s a slight twist.Most of the time when an electric eel shocks its prey it’s completely submerged. If one decided to attack, say, a cow or a horse that happened to have bent down to take a drink, that kind of attack might be enough to send the animal into shock.The eel has a trick up its sleeve, though. If it wants to deliver a more devastating jolt, it can break through the surface of the water and make direct contact with the animal. By slapping its chin onto the victim, the eel can greatly amplify its attack — and the higher above the surface of the water it gets, the deadlier the attack.Stories have been told for centuries about electric eels leaping from the water and killing horses, but the phenomenon had never been documented. Recently, however, Vanderbilt researchers set out to show that it’s entirely possible.courtesy Vanderbilt UniversityIn their experiment they embedded LEDs into a conductive replica crocodile head. Ken Catania and his team then enticed eels to strike and took readings. As you can see in their charts, both the voltage and amperage of a strike rise in relation to the eel’s height from the water.Why did the electric eel develop such a brutal offensive attack? In his paper, Catania notes that it has a lot to do with unpredictable rainfall in their habitat. An eel might make its way into a a pool teeming with fish only to later be trapped there. With no escape route, the best defense becomes a good offense.Main photo By Steven G. Johnson, others Ken Catania