Sunday December 17, 2017

‘Green’ lessons earn Reliance staffer Guinness entry

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Coimbatore: An hour-long lesson last year on how to segregate waste at source, involving 12,994 people of this city, has fetched C G S Manion, a member of the polyester division of RelianceIndustries, a Guinness World Record.

Manion, who has to his credit nearly 15 years of work towards environment protection, was selected by the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation to conduct a lesson on recycling on August 5 last year, which the Guinness has recognised.

In its citation, Guinness World Record called it the largest recycling lesson.

“This event was an attempt to reach a majority of local households with practical messages on waste segregation, reduce dumping of waste and recover for recycling and composting,” it said.

The environment expert’s campaigns also work in tandem with his employer Reliance Industries’ own facilities, townships and adjoining places through a host of initiatives like the one on a sustainable system to collect and dispose used plastic bottles in a green manner.

“These projects are very special to me not for the Guinness Record, but for reaching out to our society for a genuine social cause,” said Manion, also associated with a non-profit organisation that has undertaken works like the restoration of water bodies and afforestation.

Named Siruthuli, a small drop of water in Tamil, the non-profit venture started with projects to rejuvenate water sources in this city and has now ventured further into afforestation, waste management and awareness programmes.

“Such efforts are reflections of our company’s commitment to ‘recycle, reduce and re-use’,” a Reliance Industries spokesperson said, referring to how the company re-uses plastics to replace carcinogenic asbestos and make pre-coloured fabrics to avoid harmful dyeing later.

“We see such efforts as an inspiration for our ‘go green with swatch Bharat’ campaign,” the spokesperson said, and added that the strategy involved creating awareness on safe disposal of plastic bottles, adopt a systematic collection system and making fibres out of them.

At some high-profile events like the Indian Premier League cricket matches, the venues are peppered with banners explaining safe disposal methods and calling upon patrons to bring their plastic bottles for a “greener future”.(IANS)

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Punjab government signed an MoU with Reliance Jio to provide free Wi-Fi facility in all Technical Institutes

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Chandigarh, May 18, 2017: The Punjab government on Thursday signed an MoU with Reliance Jio to provide free Wi-Fi facility in all state-run engineering colleges, industrial training institutes and polytechnics, a minister said.

The step will help provide free Internet to students of these institutions for their academics and also encourage cashless transactions and digitalisation, Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said.

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He said Reliance Jio will set up the infrastructure for the purpose, bearing the cost of equipment and electricity required for Wi-Fi functioning.

The company will block all objectionable websites as per the Centre’s directions.

The principals of the institutions concerned have been directed to provide suitable space and security for the proposed Wi-Fi service and relevant network equipment required. (IANS)

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Gurdwara in Dubai breaks world record for serving free Breakfast to maximum number of people from 101 Nations

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GuruNanak Darbar, Dubai, Source: www.gurudwaradubai.com

Dubai, April 14, 2017: A gurdwara in Dubai broke the world record for serving free breakfast to the maximum number of people from diverse nationalities.

Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar entered the Guinness World Record on Thursday for serving continental breakfast titled “Breakfast for Diversity” to 600 persons from 101 countries in an hour-long event in Jebel Ali.

The Khaleej Times reported that schoolchildren, government officials and diplomats attended the event while Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri was the chief guest.

People from different parts of the city flocked to the Jebel Ali Gardens and filled a temporary tent made for hosting the marathon breakfast event.

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The officials from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the gurdwara (Sikh temple) broke the previous record of 55 nationalities having a continental breakfast, organised by Nutella at the Milan Expo in Italy in 2015.

The gurdwara, which is known for serving free meals to all visitors through its community kitchen, caters to over 50,000 Sikh devotees in the United Arab Emirates.

“Sikhism has always embraced diversity as it has been part of our faith and belief, that we are all human beings to be treated with respect,” Surender Kandhari, chairman of the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar temple, told the daily.

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“The gurdwara has been spearheading charity and volunteer work not only for the Indian community but for the entire UAE community as well. We feel blessed to give in any form, as this is our selfless service to the society,” he said.

Talal Omar, Guinness World Records MENA manager, said: “We are proud to support the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar in breaking a fantastic record that brings together people of multi-faiths.”

“We encourage record breaking activities that encourage all human efforts, particularly those that bring people together”. (IANS)

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Reliance to launch Jio-Money Merchant Solutions app to enable digital transactions, especially among small Merchants

Using the JioMoney Merchant App, merchants can also make supplier payments, transfer money between his bank account and use digital petty cash

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Reliance Jio Prime Benefits are introduced with Triple Cashback offer. Wikimedia.

Mumbai, Dec 1, 2016: To enable digital transactions, especially among small merchants, Reliance Industries on Thursday announced it was launching next week its Jio-Money Merchant Solutions.

“To enable digital transactions, merchants, especially small merchants, are an important component of our economy. To fuel their transactions, Jio is working to empower Indian merchants by building a digital retail ecosystem, which we are calling Jio-Money Merchant Solutions,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, in an address to stakeholders at RIL’s Navi Mumbai office.

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“Starting December 5, every merchant can download the Jio-Money Merchant Application,” he added.

Ambani said this will enable digital transactions of all types, whether they be at mandis, small shops, restaurants, railway ticket counters, for bus and mass transit and even for person-to-person money transfers.

“Customers can use their JioMoney wallets to pay merchants from their bank accounts, and merchants can use the Jio-Money Merchant App to accept these payments directly into their bank accounts,” he said.

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Using the JioMoney Merchant App, merchants can also make supplier payments, transfer money between his bank account and use digital petty cash.

“JioMoney is focused on signing up over 10 million small merchant retailers in the coming weeks across 17,000 towns and four lakh villages. With this, the JioMoney ecosystem will be a committed and enthusiastic partner for the smooth implementation of our Prime Minister’s game-changing vision of creating a digitally-enabled and strong Indian economy,” Ambani said. (IANS)