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Counter tickets can be cancelled through cellphone: Prabhu
New Delhi : The Indian Railways is launching a procedure enabling commuters who had booked tickets from Passenger Reservation counters to get them cancelled through their cell phones.
 
Currently people have to visit the reservation counter personally to cancel their tickets.
 
"We are introducing a new process for cancellation of counter tickets through the 139 helpline post verification using 'One Time Password' sent on registered phone number," Railway Minister Suresh Parabhu said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget - 2016-17.
 
New procedure will allow passengers to cancel their tickets from anywhere in the country through telephonic services of the Indian Railways.
 
The government will also install ticket scanners at various stations to address the ticket-less menace.
 
"Bar coded tickets, scanners and access control to be introduced on a pilot basis on major stations to tackle the menace of ticket-less travel and ensure hassle free travel for passengers," Prabhu said.
 
"Indian Railways intends to commence sale of tickets through hand held terminals for the benefit of the suburban and short distance travellers. This would enable deployment of multiple 'Points of Sale' with minimal infrastructure requirement," he said.
 
The Indian Railways intends initiating sale of short-distance and platform tickets through ticket vending machines installed on busy train terminals which would be made compatible with not only cash but also credit and debit cards.
 
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Coming, a 'made in India' Android smartphone for Rs.251!
New Delhi : What can you buy with Rs.251 -- a meal at McDonald's or a cold coffee at Starbucks? Well, if technology has its way, you will be able to buy the world's cheapest -- and "made in India" -- Android smartphone for this much money.
 
Offered by an Indian company Ringing Bells, "Freedom 251" is a smartphone that has features like Android 5.1 operating system, a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 3.2-megapixel primary and a 0.3-megapixel front camera, for just Rs.251. 
 
Set for launch on Wednesday in the Capital, it has 3G connectivity and has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory and supports external memory cards of up to 32GB.
 
The smartphone comes with pre-installed apps like Swachh Bharat, Women Safety, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, among others.
 
To power "Freedom 251", the company has put a 1,450mAh battery and claims to have a service network of 650 centres across India.
 
The smartphone will be available for pre-order on the company website from February 18.
 
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jossie

2 years ago

This could be another scam in the making with BJP leaders involved in the launch of the cheap smart Phone.

How can some company claim to sell phone at Rs 251/- where as Industry expert say that the cost cannot be less than Rs 3000/-. Today paper say that the company expect to make a profit of Rs 31/- from each phone sold.

Andrew Vinoj

2 years ago

I believe it to be a fraud

Ramesh Poapt

2 years ago

vow!!! Great !!!
Achhe din aye kya!!!

Men spend more than women on Valentine's Day: Survey
New Delhi : Amid the growing craze for Valentine's Day celebrations, men end up spending more to pamper their loved one than women, reveals a survey.
 
Giftease.com, an Indian gifting portal conducted the online suvey with 3000 respondents across different age groups (18 to 45 years) from metropolitan cities to decode the country's passion for Valentine's Day, which falls on February 14.
 
The survey shines the light on the ideas, behaviour and gifting patterns that are expected this Valentine's Day.
 
Almost 68 percent of respondents stated their intent to celebrate Valentine's Day in some manner, with 37 percent planning time with their Valentine alone, 22 percent with their friends, and 8 percent looking forward to their first date this Valentine's.
 
While V-Day is seemingly more popular amongst women, the survey reveals that on an average, men plan to spend over Rs.740 on gifts which is higher than women who are looking at an average gift spend of Rs.670 this Valentine's.
 
Also, there's a large variation between the preferred gifts for men and women.
 
Most men plan to play safe with flowers (42 percent) or chocolates (27 percent) but a significant number (17 percent) are getting more adventurous, and plan to gift something naughty.
 
The top three gifts in the women's list for their Valentines are gadgets (34 percent), perfumes (19 percent) or accessories (16 percent). Interestingly, naughty gifts are still fairly low in the list of gifts to give, for women.
 
As many as 41 percent of men, and 30 percent of women intend to send their V-Day gifts through online shopping sites or apps.
 
Whatever it may be, a Valentine 's Day gift is expected, with one in seven women saying they would even break their relationship if they do not receive a Valentine's gift this year, as per the survey.
 
Also, it is rather motivating for married women to note that 41 percent of married men pre-plan for Valentine's Day as compared to 31 percent unmarried men who prepare in advance for their girlfriends.
 
Ashish Chandani, chief operating officer and co-founder, Giftease.com, said Valentine's Day is among the largest peaks for the brand in terms of traffic and sales.
 
"Valentinea¿s Day celebrations are no longer just a metro phenomenon, it has taken root even in the tier-II and tier-III towns. While flowers and chocolates have been all-time favourites, the largest growth is in the customised gifts and naughty gifts categories."A
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Some other findings from the survey: 42 percent females feel Valentine's is over-hyped, compared to 47 percent males - but many will still celebrate; 15 percent respondents feel Valentine's should be a national holiday; and 29 percent of men, and 31% of women, have changed their Valentine at least once in the last five years.
 
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