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These apps help you settle down in a new city

Apps like TimesSaverz, PepperTap and Urbanclap help you seamlessly sift through challenges such as locating an ATM, finding groceries, home fittings, the nearest dry cleaner and the plumber et al

 

New to a city and still trying to find your moorings? Fret not, for there's a slew of smartphone apps that can help you settle down smoothly.
 
Apps like TimesSaverz, PepperTap and Urbanclap help you seamlessly sift through challenges such as locating an ATM, finding groceries, home fittings, the nearest dry cleaner and the plumber et al.
 
You can buy fresh fruits, vegetables and groceries while sitting at home with just a click on PepperTap and can be connected to the right trusted service professionals with the help of UrbanClap.
 
Quality home-based services - from cleaning to all sorts of repairs - can be availed of through Timessaverz.
 
PepperTap, launched in November 2014, is a hyper local grocery delivery service which provides an exhaustive list of grocery products whenever and wherever you want.
 
Currently, the services are available throughout Gurgaon with highly competitive prices along with no-questions-asked return policy but is set to quickly expand.
 
"The daily struggles of grocery shopping used to kill my family time, especially during the weekend. I had always wished for a solution wherein a chore like grocery shopping could be done for me," PepperTap co-founder Navneet Singh told IANS.
 
Consumers can place their orders through the mobile app for delivery within two hours, making it one of the fastest services of its kind.
 
The app is available for both Android and Apple's iOS platforms.
 
The venture has received Series A funding of $10 million ( Rs.60 crore) from SAIF Partners and Sequoia Capital.
 
"The funding will be leveraged for expanding the reach of PepperTap to 10 more cities by the end of the year," said Navneet Singh, who wants to take PepperTap from a single-city operation to a pan-India one.
 
Then, TimesSaverz, one of India's first on-demand home-based service, delivers various services to one's doorstep - from cleaning, repairs, handyman jobs to running errands and doing paperwork.
 
Debadutta Upadhyaya, CEO & co-founder of TimeSaverz, which was founded in April 2013, said: "It is a combination of personal experience around the struggle for getting the right help for the right price at the right time in the metros, more so if you are a nuclear working couple family, without any support system."
 
TimeSaverz provides its services in Mumbai, Pune, and Bengaluru. It says that each of its agents is taken on only after thorough background checks.
 
It provides services at market rates or even lower.
 
IT professional Asha Jain, 32, who recently shifted to Bengaluru shared her experience with IANS: "I moved to the city with little knowledge of the area and having no friends around made my situation worse. Then I used TimesSaverz and ordered cleaning services and they did a fabulous job."
 
UrbanClap, another start-up based in Delhi, helps users get the best professional services in areas like interior decoration, photography, event management and the like.
 
Whether you are looking to decorate your home, get candid pictures of your wedding, planning your child's birthday or just get healthier, UrbanClap is the destination for all your service needs. It connects online users with offline businesses.
 
"Painful memories from the past, finding a guitar teacher, a home designer, tailor, wedding decorator, a house broker motivated us to launch UrbanClap," Varun Khaitan, who co-founded UrbanClap in October 2014, told IANS.
 
It's the simplest way to find and hire trusted professionals, claim the founders.
 
The venture has raised Rs.10 crore in funding from SAIF Partners, Accel Partners and Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal.
 
"The platform is already making thousands of successful connections every week and with the backing of our investors, we plan to scale up the platform across hundreds of services and multiple cities," UrbanClap's Raghav Chandra told IANS.
 
"Our smartphone-based matchmaking solution is very smooth and helps you find the right professionals with no effort at all. It is as easy as a clap," he added.
 
So, the next time you shift to a new city, just remember all the services are at your doorstep if you subscribe to these apps!
 

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SC puts on hold privilege notice to Shobhaa De

While stalling the privilege notice to Shobhaa De, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu also issued notice to the Maharashtra legislature secretariat

 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold the privilege notice issued to author Shobhaa De for criticising the Maharashtra government's decision to screen Marathi films at multiplexes during prime time.
 
While stalling the privilege notice to Shobhaa De, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu also issued notice to the Maharashtra legislature secretariat. 
 
The Maharashtra state assembly issued a privilege notice to Shobhaa De on April 10 and she was required to reply to it by Tuesday.
 
While criticising the Maharashtra government for its decision on screening Marathi films without consulting the stakeholders, Shobhaa De in a tweet had said that during the show at multiplexes now one could expect vada-pao and misal-pao instead of popcorn.

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MLF seminar on safe and smart with your money
Moneylife Foundation continues its successful series on financial literacy 
 
The two basic aspects of managing your financial life are: avoid losses by staying away from scams; and invest smartly and steadily to generate wealth from your savings. This is encapsulated in the educative and highly interactive seminar—“Be Safe and Smart with Your Money”, the flagship seminar of Moneylife Foundation (MLF). MLF has taken this message across the country. Most recently, we were Pune, for the fourth time with this seminar.
 
Sucheta Dalal, managing editor of Moneylife and founder trustee of Moneylife Foundation, in the session titled “How to Be Safe with Your Money”, spoke on the several ways an unsuspecting saver can be made to part with his hard-earned money.
 
In the second session on “Be Smart with Your Money”, Debashis Basu, editor & publisher of Moneylife and founder trustee of MLF, took the audience through simple steps for investing smartly. The event, which had a packed audience, was held at the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA).
 
Ms Dalal started by pointing out that financial products are fundamentally different from consumer products. You can test-drive a car but you cannot test-drive a mutual fund; the fate of your investment becomes clear only later. Moreover, in consumer durables, brand names mean something. Not so in financial world. However, people translate their experience of buying consumer products into financial world and regret their decision.
 
The six mantras, articulated by Ms Dalal, include: protect your money, insure for securing future, avoid credit & investment traps, focus on a few safe products, avoid emotional traps and maintain financial hygiene. “Smart people are easier to cheat,” she noted, adding, “high-achieving professionals are often defrauded.” 
 
Ms Dalal explained that credit history and credit score reports have become increasingly important.
 
While Indians save a lot, they keep their money safe in bank deposits. Majority of savers are left confused about how much to invest and in which financial products. Left with confusing choices, majority of savers opt for bank fixed deposits which is a safe and easy option. In the second session, Mr Basu highlighted that this is just the wrong thing to do, especially for those who are in the highest tax bracket. 
 
Usually, we have different financial goals, such as saving on taxes, buying a house, child’s education etc. Mr Basu explained that there are specific products for each goal and one should invest only in these.
 
Further, he explained the risk and returns associated with each financial investment. He took the audience through the pluses and minuses of different asset classes, such as fixed-income, gold, real estate, stocks/equity mutual funds and insurance. He also repeatedly emphasised that most people don’t see the huge risk of inflation eating away their wealth.
 
Mr Basu asked the audience to calculate everything on a post-tax and post-inflation basis. If you really want to gain from the enormous wealth that stocks and mutual funds (MFs) can create, you have to understand this and stay patiently invested in good MF schemes or a bunch of good stocks, advised Mr Basu. The three and a half hour seminar concluded with a lively question & answer session.

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