Parking Fines Could Be Payed With Cans of Food for the Hungry

Expired parking meters are helping feed the hungry in Kentucky.

For the second year in a row, people in Lexington can pay their parking fines with canned goods for local food banks.

Parking violators can donate 14-15 ounce cans of food for a typical $15 dollar parking fine. If it’s a more expensive infraction, the city’s parking authority is willing to accept even more cans.

The “Food for Fines” program runs through December 15.

In 2015 alone, the innovative effort took in 6,200 cans of food for more than 600 citations — worth about $14,000. Collectively, the program has gathered about 16,000 meals, which is about 24,500 cans of food weighing 12 tons.

‘Fumes’ onboard In IndiGo plane !

An IndiGo plane with 170 passengers onboard made an emergency landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after a crew member noticed fumes inside the cabin, an airport source said.

IndiGo’s 6E719 flight to Vishakhapatnam took off from Delhi at 5.20 am yesterday but returned 10 minutes later because of “fumes” inside the cabin.

The airport official said that there was also a “drop in cabin pressure” leading to oxygen masks being automatically deployed.

The airline, however, said that a “false alarm” over burning smell in the cabin was behind the “precautionary landing”.

“IndiGo flight 6E-719 (Delhi-Visakhapatnam) carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi yesterday due to a false alarm. After take-off from Delhi, the cabin crew advised flight crew about burning smell in the cabin. Keeping the safety and security of passengers in mind, the captain-in-command informed the ATC and carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi,” according to an IndiGo spokesperson.

Airtel offers 1000GB free broadband data for 8 months

The telecom sector in India is still at war, even after almost a year since the launch of disruptor, Reliance Jio. Airtel, being the biggest incumbent player in the industry is probably the only company that is equipped to tackle the onslaught of offers from Jio.

The data-wars were not limited to the telecom industry; months after the launch of Reliance Jio, the company launched JioFiber. JioFiber specifically targeted the broadband market of India. Though it hasn’t been launched commercially, it still introduced disruption in the broadband sector.

In response, Airtel launched broadband plans that sound too good to be true. The company is offering 1000GB of data with most of their high-end broadband plans. The plans were launched in May but are still keeping Airtel consumers from straying towards JioFiber.

According to Airtel, these are the best selling broadband plans. There are four plans (Rs 1099, Rs 1299, Rs 1499, Rs 1799) which can get you 1000 GB of bonus data, which will be valid till March 31, 2018. The lowest plan of Rs 899 will fetch the user 500 GB till March 31, 2018.

The offer cannot be combined with any other offer by Airtel and can only be availed by an online purchase. The offer is being provided by Airtel broadband to any customer who wishes to avail Airtel’s DSL services after 12th June 2017.

In order for a new customer to avail the Offer, the eligible customer must visit the page and select base plan, enter mobile number and address to raise request for new broadband connection or contact customer care to apply for subscription to Airtel Broadband services.

Upon subscription to one of the select plans under the present offers, and upon expiry of a period of 7 days following the date of activation of their new connection, a customer shall, subject to feasibility at the point of connection, be able to enjoy additional data, in addition to the base plan chosen by them, which comes with the same speed as per chosen base plan.

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Rivigo raises $75 million funding from Warburg Pincus 

New Delhi: Private equity firm Warburg Pincus has invested $75 million (about Rs 500 crore) in surface transport logistics provider Rivigo Services for a minority stake, in one of the largest equity financing rounds raised by an Indian startup this year.

The investment, is the third transaction by the global PE firm in the country’s logistics sector, having already backed ecommerce-focused logistics solutions provider Ecom Express and third-party logistics company Stellar Value Chain Solutions over the past two years.

“This (funding) is going to be primarily utilized towards technology and hiring. We have to scale up our tech talent, investments in IoT, automation and data sciences a lot more. We also have to build our next level of leadership cadre, given the growth we’re seeing,” Deepak Garg, chief executive, Rivigo, told ET.

According to Garg, who co-founded the Gurgaon-based truck fleet operator with fellow McKinsey alumnus Gazal Kalra in 2014, the company is also poised to reap benefits of the recently-passed Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which is expected to lead to faster turnaround times, create pull-based supply chains and help in the re-configuration of warehousing and distribution networks.

“The company is delivering a fundamentally superior proposition for customers and truck drivers by deploying a unique operating model, enabled by technology and analytics. The prospects are likely to be further enhanced upon implementation of GST,” said Viraj Sawhney, managing director, Warburg Pincus.

The investment is believed to have valued Rivigo, which competes with the likes of legacy operators such as GATI and Blue Dart, declined to share the specifics of the transaction.

The company, which serves sectors including ecommerce, frozen food, dairy, automotive and pharmaceuticals among others, has also developed algorithms and filed patents in the USA that deal with managing fuel efficiency and pilferage, availability of drivers in the relay system, and loading plans to help reduce damages to products carried by its trucks.

“We believe we can drive a lot of global innovation in trucking and logistics sector through what we are building at Rivigo,” Garg said, adding that the problems that Rivigo is solving are globally unsolved and a $2.5 to 3 trillion revenue market.

Sawhney will also join the Rivigo board, which also counts Myntra founder Mukesh Bansal as an independent director.

The company will continue to further build out its network of processing centres and pit stops across the country, as well as enhance its track fleet size to about 5,000 over the next 12 months. It currently operates currently about 1,500 vehicles, and employs about 3,000 drivers.


Big Shopping Days Sale in Flipkart

Bengaluru: Flipkart has announced its ‘Big Shopping Days’ sale from March 7 to 9, with the online marketplace offering discounts on smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets.

In addition to the offers, consumers shopping on Flipkart can also get an additional 10 percent extra discount on every purchase made via State Bank of India (SBI) debit and credit cards during the Big Shopping Days sale.

Some of the smartphones available under the new Flipkart offer are the Lenovo K3 Note which can be grabbed at Rs. 8,999 and it comes with an exchange offer that offers up to Rs. 6,000 discount for functional and display-intact devices; Motorola Moto X Play is currently available at Rs. 15,999 for the 16GB model after a flat Rs. 1,000 off and with an additional exchange offer of up to Rs. 9,000; the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser ZE550KL is priced at Rs. 8,999 after a flat Rs. 1,000 discount and has an additional exchange offer up to Rs. 6,000; the Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) 16GB model is available at Rs. 9,999 after a flat Rs. 1,000 off and also has an exchange offer of up to Rs. 6,000 off; the Nexus 6P is available at Rs. 34,999 after a flat Rs. 5,000 off and also comes with an exchange offer of up to 20,000; the iPhone 6s16GB model is available at Rs. 41,999 and comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 21,000; the Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition is priced at Rs. 11,299 after a flat Rs. 1,200 off and also has an exchange offer of up to Rs. 7,000; the Samsung Galaxy On7 is available at Rs. 10,190 and comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 6,000.

Some of the other handsets available under the Big Shopping Days sale include the Asus ZenFone 2(4GB of RAM) available at Rs. 12,999 after an extra Rs. 4,000 off and also has an exchange offer of up to Rs. 8,000; Xiaomi Mi 4 is available at Rs. 12,999 after a flat Rs. 2,000 off and an additional exchange offer of up to Rs. 8,000; the LG G4 is priced at Rs. 32,800 after a flat Rs. 2,000;

Consumers can also get discounts on smartwatches, tablets, laptops, cameras, televisions and headphones. The offers available on smartphones and other products are valid till stock lasts, according to Flipkart.



Heena Sidhu clinches gold and Deepak Kumar wins bronze in Commonwealth Shooting Championships

Heena Sidhu clinched the 10m air pistol gold medal to give India a perfect start at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships on Monday.

London Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang finished fourth in the same event, while Ravikumar ended fifth.

Narang shot 626.2 in the qualification to create a Commonwealth record.

Sidhu shot a combined score of 626.2 (386+240.8) to claim the top honours.

This was Sidhu’s second successive international gold after she, along with Jitu Rai, claimed the top position in the 10m air pistol mixed team event in the ISSF World Cup Finals in Delhi earlier this month.

Among other Indians in fray here, Deepak Kumar won a bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event.

Price details of the newly launched Maruti Suzuki IGNIS variant

Maruti Suzuki has launched a new Auto Gear Shift (AGS) variant of Ignis. The new Ignis lineup has been launched with an automatic gearbox. The Ignis was launched in January this year and has seen decent sales. About the newly launched variant, the Ignis Alpha AGS is the latest model to have a two-pedal technology in its portfolio.

R.S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “Our premium urban compact vehicle IGNIS has been created for millennials, a none of a kind brand in the Indian market. Automatic Gear Shift (AGS) on the IGNIS, so far offered in the Delta and Zeta trims, has been widely appreciated by customers and accounts for 27 per cent of IGNIS sales. We are now offering AGS in the top trim as well – IGNIS Alpha. We expect this to strengthen brand IGNIS and enhance the popularity of AGS amongst millennials.”

The Ignis Alpha (AGS) petrol is available at a price of Rs 7.01 lakh, while Alpha (AGS) diesel is available at Rs 8.08 lakh(ex showroom across India). Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) posted a 20.6 per cent rise in total sales in July at 1,65,346 units as against 1,37,116 in the same month last year.

This is its highest-ever monthly sales. The previous best was in April this year when the company had sold 1,44,492 units. The company’s domestic sales increased 22.4 per cent during the month to 1,54,001 units as against 1,25,778 in July 2016.

Last month, sales of mini segment cars, including Alto and WagonR, went up 20.7 per cent to 42,310 units, from 35,051 in the year-ago month, MSI said.

Working Hard But Not Losing Weight ? Here Is Why

We all like to see ourselves fitting into an old pair of jeans, but no matter how hard you try the festival season leaves you a little heavier than you were at the end of summers. After days of complaining and hiding behind over-sized clothes, you eventually plan to lose weight by gyming, dieting, zumba, yoga, or whatever else it takes to get rid of that stubborn fat off your body. But somehow your body is not letting go, losing weight this year seems harder than ever before. What worked earlier, does not seem to work anymore! Are we describing a scenario you are fairly familiar with? The answers to all those questions could be lurking behind seemingly unimportant habits of yours that you think have no connection with weight loss. These habits may be sabotaging your efforts in ways you didn’t know.

Here 10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Losing Weight


1. You are sleep deprived

Many studies have suggested that poor sleep is one of the biggest factors of obesity. Lack of sleep not only encourages weight gain by boosting hunger, but also by slowing the rate at which calories are burned. So get yourself to sleep for at least 7-8 hours to get away with the excessive weight gain. If you wake up feeling tired and groggy despite 7-8 hours of shuteye, you must consult a sleep specialist and get a sleep study done in order to improve the quality of rest your body is getting every night.

2. You are binging on healthy food

This one is super important! While it is imperative to switch to healthy eating during dieting and exercising, it definitely does not mean you eat more than the required quantity. Remember, no matter how healthy your food is, it has certain number of calories that creeps into your body making you gain weight. Overdoing, or helping yourself with huge portions of healthy food will make you gain weight too!

3. You are not cutting on carbohydrates

Low carbohydrate diet has been known to be quite successful, according to studies, especially for people with type-2 diabetes looking to lose weight. Low carb diet may reduce appetite and increase weight loss. We are not asking you to completely shun the concept of eating carbs but try consuming less than what you have. Focus on more complex carbs than simple, in any case.

4. You are under stress

A hectic schedule, rough patches in personal life and a challenging job – just some factors that could make any one of us stressed. Stress may become one of the underlying causes of weight loss struggles. Stress hormone known as cortisol may increase and as a result it may spike the amount of fat your body stores.
5. You have a medical condition

There is a chance that your weight loss goals may not be accomplished because of a certain medical condition you might have. Some of the conditions include hypothyroidism, PCOS and sleep apnea. No matter how much you exercise or diet; these conditions may make it difficult for you to shed extra kilos.

6. You have been starving yourself

It is never a good idea to starve yourself in the name of dieting. You may lose weight because you reach a calorie deficit, but after a certain point, your body will slow down its metabolism as it thinks that it is in state of famine. In response to this famine, it starts to conserve all the energy by storing fat, leaving you wondering why the needle on the weighing scale isn’t moving. Starving is never an option; always try eat something healthy in short duration.
7. Your expectations are unrealistic

Weight loss is a slow and gradual process; you may lose weight quickly in the first few days, but slow down as weeks and days pass. During this period, many people set unrealistic expectations, only to see them failing. Stop weighing yourself daily and set a doable number so you are motivated to reach it faster and in a healthier way.
8. Munching on too many snacks after working out

Working out doesn’t give you a ticket to munch on anything you like. This habit can easily make you gain the amount of calories you just lost in the gym. Try drinking lots of fluids and eat a light snack to kill hunger pangs after workout.

9. Not including protein in your diet

Consumption of protein can induce weight loss, as it tends to fasten your metabolism rate. Load up on protein during you breakfast; this will keep you free from hunger through the day.

10. Not keeping a track of what you are eating

Your diet may allow you to have small meals through the day, but are you keeping a proper track of the calories you consume in the small meals you eat? Make sure you have a diary maintained, where you note the number of calories you have had.

Most importantly, are you dedicated enough to lose weight? Are you following all the important rules of dieting and exercising? Ask yourself these questions and ensure that you are doing everything right to cut down on extra kilos. Lastly, stop worrying about it. A happy approach to weight loss always works better and will, in fact, also help you maintain the weight-loss for months and years to come.