Email Digital Story Innovation Team By Michael Slezak and Mark Doman Updated November 19, 2019 10:52:23 Photo: A false-colour image showing a fire burning on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, infrared hotspots have been highlighted to show active fire fronts. (European Union: Sentinel 2) Map: Brazil As thick plumes of smoke blanketed Brazil's most populous city Sao Paulo, global attention turned to the cause.The Amazon, the world's most biodiverse rainforest, was burning at a rate not seen in almost a decade.It was decried as a global tragedy. Lit by farmers, the fires raged through villages, destroyed ecosystems and pumped climate-warming pollution into the atmosphere.The Brazilian government, which has been criticised for winding back protections of the Amazon, sent in the army and slapped a temporary ban on fires used to clear land.But one month on, the fires are still burning.The sheer size of the Amazon, and those fires that engulfed it, can be hard to comprehend. … [Read more...] about The Amazon rainforest fires continues to burn and there are fears the worst is yet to come
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SAN FRANCISCO: Google has integrated its peer-to-peer payments service "Google Pay Send" into its digital payments solution "Google Pay" to make the latter a one-stop destination to send and ask for money. Along with this, the search engine giant has also included other features in its payments solution, including support for mobile ticketing for travel, movies and concerts, just like Apple Pay. Google Pay is better with friends! Now you can send , save tix & boarding passes ✈️, and more in the app →… https://t.co/a1WKRDUbg1— Google Pay (@GooglePay) 1531249496000 "Once your tickets are saved, you'll find them with your loyalty cards, gift cards and offers on the Android app's new 'Passes' tab. When it's time for your event or flight, use your phone as your ticket-no printing required," Gerardo Capiel, Director, Product Management and Consumer Payments, Google, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. "Google Pay" would be in sync with the user's … [Read more...] about Google Pay now has peer-to-peer payments service; becomes one-stop destination to send and ask for money
Your bank increased your home loan period (tenure) whas interest rates started moving up. Can the banks do this without your permission? For every one per cent increase in interest rates, by how much should your loan tenure increase?What should you do if the bank increases the tenure even when the agreement you had signed with the bank does not allow it to do so? In a chat with Get Ahead readers on July 31, home loan expert Harsh Roongta answered these and several other queries related to home loans. For those of you who missed the chat, here is the transcript. Part II -- Why step-up home loans are ideal for young professionals sanjay asked, Hi I want to take a Rs 6 lakhs housing loan for 15 years. What will be my monthly installment? Harsh Roongta answers, Based on an interest rate of 11 per cent, the EMI for a 15-year loan of Rs 6 lakhs will be Rs 6,820. You can use the EMI calculator on this link for this purpose: … [Read more...] about Problem with your home loan?
MUMBAI: As Indians get more comfortable with unified payment interface (UPI) — the home grown app-based accountto-account payments platform — they are now using it to pay for a Rs 7-cutting chai or a Rs 15-bun-maska. As a result, the average ticket size of UPI transactions has more than halved from Rs 3,902 in FY17 to Rs 1,751 in FY20 till date. While the ticket size is getting smaller the frequency of use is increasing. This is reflected in monthly transactions, which were over 120 crore and worth Rs 1.89 lakh crore in November 2019. UPI’s digital payments, which enables account-to-account transfer without sharing any personal information, was first picked up by tech-savvy urban consumers to pay for app-based online services like Swiggy, Zomato, Amazon, Flipkart, Ola and Uber. They are now spreading to in-store payments and small businesses like chaiwallahs, panwallahs and autowallahs. Given the low payment infrastructure cost, UPI is bridging the gap between … [Read more...] about Autos to tea stalls: UPI makes inroads
Netflix on Wednesday confirmed it is testing long-term payment plans for its users. The company is working on three-months, six-months, and 12-months plans. Since the feature is still under trial, it is available to select users right now. There’s no word on when Netflix will roll out these long-term plans to all users. “We believe that our members may value the flexibility that comes from being able to pay for a few months at once. As always, this is a test and we will only introduce it more broadly if people find it useful,” said a Netflix spokesperson. According to an Economic Times report, Netflix’s long-term plans will be available at discounted rates and may help new users save between 20 to 50 percent depending upon the plans. Netflix earlier this year launched mobile-only plans in India. The plans start at Rs 199 per month, making the platform affordable for more and new users. The mobile-only plans also help Netflix better compete with the likes of … [Read more...] about Netflix may soon launch long-term plans, starts testing in India