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For his initiative and leadership McMaster was later awarded a Silver Star for valor. “I first heard about McMaster from a friend of mine in his unit, who told me about this badass commander who took out an entire Iraqi tank battalion in a matter of minutes,” said Nagl, who also fought in Desert Storm as an armor officer. The historian in McMaster was already evident. On his return from covering the Persian Gulf War, for instance, UPI war correspondent and author Joseph Galloway found a large envelope in his pile of mail. In it was a hand-written description of the Battle of 73 Easting that ran more than 30 pages long. “I could just picture H.R. sitting on the tailgate of his command vehicle in the rain while scribbling this detailed description, which he then sent to his mother, who forwarded it to me,” said Galloway. Years later Galloway heard again from McMaster, who wanted advice on possibly turning into a book his doctoral dissertation on the decision-making that led to defeat in Vietnam.
The Economic Times
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India Stack is industry jargon for applications on the Aadhaar platform and Unified Payment Interface (UPI). Nadella has been credited with reshaping and turning around Microsoft after he took over as CEO in February 2014. Since then, the company has focussed on a “cloud first, mobile first” model, even as it sold off non-core businesses like the phone unit it acquired from Nokia. The company has also invested heavily in data centres across the world and pursued new business segments such as the cloud platform business, where it competes with the likes of Amazon. Cloud provides the ability of enterprises, especially small and medium businesses, to purchase computing and data storage capacity, rather than invest capital on their own. Under Nadella’s watch, Microsoft also made the largest acquisition in its history by snapping up business networking company LinkedIn for $26.
The Iran Project
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SDF Commander Adnan Abu Amjad has said his fighters would defend Manbij if Turkey tried to lay siege to the city. If [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan wants to come to Manbij, it's his business, but we will defend our city with all the strength we can find. As Syrian people, we'll resist any interference in our internal affairs, he said, according to the UPI. The Turkish plans for Raqqah envision Turkish and US forces either approaching the city via al-Bab or the border town of Tel Abyad. Both courses of action bifurcates the Kurdish turf close to the frontier.
The Economic Times
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NEW DELHI: Aditya Puri, the Managing Director of HDFC Bank, has said he sees no future in digital wallets. Speaking to ET Now, Puri was skeptical about this new trend in digital payments, which gained huge traction after demonetisation. After demonetisation, people have grabbed whatever is easily available to pay for coffee, bills, movie tickets, cab rides and just about anything, he said. However, as alternatives to cash payments evolve, users comfortable with mobile wallets today could shift to an easier digital platform, he added. Puri also mentioned Paytm, which he said could not be another Alibaba because its model could not be replicated. He said the current loss of Paytm was at Rs 1,600 crore. Experts say that in the long term, systems like UPI stand a better chance as they enable direct transfer from bank accounts. Mobile wallets have gained popularity after demonetisation but as new digital payment options emerge, they may fade away as they have several limitations.
The Economic Times
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NEW DELHI: Aditya Puri, the Managing Director of HDFC Bank, has said he sees no future in digital wallets. Speaking to ET Now, Puri was skeptical about this new trend in digital payments, especially of Paytm which gained huge traction after demonetisation. Puri said Paytm could not be another Alibaba because its model could not be replicated. He said the current loss of Paytm was at Rs 1,600 crore and its economic model was doubtful. After demonetisation, people have grabbed whatever is easily available to pay for coffee, bills, movie tickets, cab rides and just about anything, and Paytm has scored over others. However, as alternatives to cash payments evolve, users comfortable with mobile wallets today could shift to an easier digital platform. Experts say that in the long term, systems like UPI stand a better chance as they enable direct transfer from bank accounts.
Washingtons Blog
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National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was fired by Trump. Flynn was caught discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador even before Trump took office. Sounds bad, right? Maybe ... But Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake the former senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast, who covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times, the New York Sun and UPI notes : One White House official with knowledge of the conversations told me that the Russian ambassador raised the sanctions to Flynn and that Flynn responded that the Trump team would be taking office in a few weeks and would review Russia policy and sanctions . That's neither illegal nor improper. If true, then all that happened is that the Russian ambassador asked about sanctions, and Flynn responded that he couldn't say anything until he got marching orders from the Trump administration after it took the helm.
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MUMBAI: The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said that it is hoping all Public Sector Banks (PSBs) will join Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) by the end of this month. BHIM is the common platform across the nation for making simple, easy and quick payment transactions using Unified Payments Interface (UPI). 37 banks are a part of the BHIM platform including PSBs like State Bank of India, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India. The PSBs which will go live very soon on the platform are Corporation Bank, Punjab and Sindh Bank and five associates of State Bank of India. NPCI is working with these seven banks to ensure that all of them are a part of the platform by the end of this month. "Since the customer base of PSBs is very large, their participation in BHIM is of crucial importance for the success of this app. We are confident that once all PSBs are a part of BHIM, the user base will jump multiple times," said Mr. A. P. Hota, MD & CEO, NPCI.
The Economic Times
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Inevitably, some startups fail and entrepreneurs try to find themselves a soft landing when the funding fuel runs out — in the form of an acquihire. While large companies are often targets, their less nimble work culture often sees such deals failing. For example, Paytm acquihired online education marketplace Edu-Kart, but its founders left within months. Similarly, the founders of Appiterate and AdIQuity, acquihired by Flipkart, too quit. While Paytm declined to get into details, a Flipkart spokesperson contended that other larger internet commerce ventures neednt be bad destinations for such deals. The spokesperson pointed to PhonePe, the UPI-based payment service in the country, which has crossed 10 million downloads. The founders first came to Flipkart via an acquihire, built Flyte, its music business (which shut), stayed on in the company and were given senior roles.
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Arun Council will unveil its own redevelopment ideas later this month. We have another special report now on the crisis in GP recruitment. Last night we heard how dozens of GPs feel forced to work well beyond retirement age because they can't find anyone to replace them. This evening we're finding out about some of the more radical solutions. If no doctors are available, upi could be seen by a paramedic or a physician's associate instead.
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India's audacious push to bring and make use of Aadhaar, the world's largest biometrics database, was one of the highlights at the annual financial budget unveiled in the country today. SEE ALSO: Inside India's plan to substitute cash with its citizen's fingerprints Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that senior citizens in the country will soon get Aadhaar-based smart cards. These cards would feature their health and other information, Jaitley added. The government will first run a pilot project in 15 districts during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Aadhaar is a biometrics-backed (fingerprint, iris, or facial features) national ID system that the government is positioning as a solution to bring its 1.3 billion people to the digital age. Over one billion people and 99% of the country's adult population are already enrolled in the system. Read more... More about Senior Citizen , Senior Citizens , Upi , Aadhaar , and India
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5% of its total assets, for an NBFC it is less than 1%. The dynamics of the industry are fast changing and the mushrooming of financial technology companies are threatening even established banks' bread and butter business."Licences on on-tap basis doesn't put pressure on anyone to apply for a bank licence in a limited time period, but only after doing detailed viability analysis," said PN Vasudevan, MD, Equitas. "No applicant for a licence shows that people do not want to just rush in which is a good sign." When mobile wallet companies are challenging the likes of the State Bank of India and HDFC Bank, the new entrants are not sure about what they are getting into. "There is a huge question mark on payments bank viability once you move to the UPI interface," says Mohan of IIM-Ahmedabad. "There is no reason for you to go to a payments bank when your existing bank can give you all the facilities.
The Economic Times
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Payment companies are optimistic about the recommendation finding a place in the Budget that will be presented on Wednesday. "In our discussions with the regulators and government, they are extremely keen for payment companies to expand the reach for digital India. The government has a long-term vision and wants to ensure sufficient incentives (for payment companies) for expanding the payments acceptance network across India," said Amrish Rau, CEO of payment gateway company PayU India. The Economic Survey has also put significant emphasis on the issues of cyber-security and inter-operability in digital payments, to the extent of also warning banks to not thwart inter-operability. The survey's big push has been for the unified payment interface (UPI) which was launched by the National Payments Corporation of India last year and has been further bolstered through the BHIM app launched in December.
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According to a legend, Atlantis sank beneath the sea thousands of years ago. The scientists have always wanted to prove this legend. This is probably the greatest discovery in World history, was stated by Maxine Asher, the co-director of a scientific expedition that found Atlantis at the bottom of the ocean, reported United Press International and major newspapers in the United States during the summer of 1973. UPI continued that Maxine Asher said that scuba divers found data to prove the existence of the super-civilization which legend says sank beneath the sea thousands of years ago. The divers had found evidence of roads and large columns, some with concentric spiral motifs, in the exact place described by the Greek philosopher Plato.