ItzCash inks pact with Thomas Cook to offer online travel booking service

Itz CashItzCash, the country’s first ever ‘Multi Purpose Prepaid Cash Card’ has informed that it has entered into a partnership with Thomas Cook, to facilitate online travel bookings.

The partnership is eyeing at an increase in online transactions at Thomas Cook and both partners has setup estimated target of 1.5 lakh transaction in rail booking, 0.5-lakh transactions for air booking for the next six months.

NHRC notice to Maharashtra Government on MNS activities

New Delhi, Oct 23 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Maharashtra Government after having taken the suo-motu cognizance of the incidents of attack on north Indian aspirants for railway jobs by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

The Commission has asked the state Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to submit their reports within two weeks.

The Commission said the media report highlighted the attack by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on aspirants for employment in the Railways and its demand that only Maharashtrians be recruited to fill vacancies in Central and Western Railways.

First birds used feathers for show, not flight

Washington, Oct 23 : One of the oldest known dinosaur relatives of birds had “bizarre” anatomy, including long, ribbon-like tail feathers that suggest plumage may have first evolved for show rather than for flight.

According to a report in National Geographic News, farmers unearthed a fossil of the new dino species, dubbed Epidexipteryx hui, from the hills of Inner Mongolia in late 

The remains date back to 152 million to 168 million years ago, making the newfound creature slightly older than Archaeopteryx, the most primitive known bird.

Like other avialans—birds and their closest dinosaur relatives—Epidexipteryx is a theropod, a group of two-legged animals that includes Tyrannosaurus rex.

National symposium on public-private partnership kicks off in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Oct 23 : Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda inaugurated the National symposium on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) here on Wednesday.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the symposium, Prachanda said the model of PPP is the best alternative for the development of Nepal. We not only need peace but also an economic development to sustain that peace.

“The PPP was required to build big projects so that local people can themselves emulate the model in building small and medium size development projects,” he added.

Prachanda also called for change in the mindset and culture in line with the political change in the country.

Chinese civil rights activist wins EU Sakharov Prize

Strasbourg, France - The European Parliament on Thursday awarded its prestigious Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia, a Chinese civil rights activist, rejecting warnings from Beijing.

Hu Jia was picked from a shortlist of candidates that also comprised Aleksandr Kozulin, a former presidential candidate in Belarus, and Apollinaire Malu Malu, who chairs the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The decision was designed to send a strong signal to China on the day in which European Union officials were meeting their Asian counterparts in Beijing.

Shortly before the announcement, the Chinese authorities reportedly sent a letter to the European Parliament cautioning it against choosing Hu Jia.

Tara Ultimo plans to roll out 50 new retail outlets across country in next two years

Mumbai-headquartered Tara Ultimo, a company manufacturing and retailing jewellery, plans to come up with 50 outlets across India in the next two years.