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By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: 38 years ago, ‘he’ came to the ‘City of Joy’ to play a friendly match with the then Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, and now, the ‘Black Pearl’ of football is again in the city for a two day visit.

The city has undergone a lot of changes, but the football crazy Bengalis did not miss the opportunity to have a glimpse of their hero ‘Pele’, and so the chattering voices of ‘Pele, Pele’ were heard at every place he visited.

2015-10-13 23.11.47Pele arrived in Kolkata on Sunday to attend a program at NSHM Knowledge campus. He also attended the program conducted by the state government to felicitate him ahead of his 75th birthday at Netaji Indoor Stadium.

In an interaction with Mir at NSHM knowledge campus, Pele said, “Both Christiano Ronaldo and Messi are very good players, but Neymer will be the future successor of International Football.” He also talked about his childhood, the street football, his parents, and his struggle to become the legendary figure of International football. The crowd burst into laughter when Pele said that the kiss of the queen will be his best birthday gift- better than a cake, in reply to a googly of Mir.

Sailendra Bhattacharya, the first Indian FIFA referee said that the sounds of ‘Pele, Pele’ will be the best gift for his birthday.

Pele’s two day visit ended on Tuesday. His visit, which coincided with the beginning of Durga Puja, has enhanced the festive spirit among Kolkatans.

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Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to "change the way India eats" and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others

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  • Swiggy is an online food ordering platform
  • It will now allow digital payments for delivery feet
  • this method will prevent any leakage in cash payment process

Online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Monday said it would use privately-run ICICI Bank to allow its delivery fleet to make digital payments.

“Through the use of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based solution for instant fund transfers and automated cash deposit machines at ICICI Bank branches and ATMs across the country, the delivery fleet will have a hassle-free way of transferring funds,” the company said in a statement. Swiggy operates with a fleet of over 20,000 delivery persons delivering food from over 25,000 restaurants across 12 cities.

These digital payments will prevent leakage in cash payments. Wikimedia Commons

With cash-on-delivery being a widely used method of payment on the platform, the digital payment methods allow the delivery men to quickly transfer the funds to Swiggy, saving their time, according to the statement.

“With the delivery fleet being the backbone of Swiggy, the adoption of the digital payment solutions will support the ease of operations and save their time and thousands of kilometres of travel,” said the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rahul Bothra in the statement. The digital payment methods will also help in preventing any cash leakages, the company said.

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Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to “change the way India eats” and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others. IANS

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