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New Delhi:  Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Thursday launched a unique ticket purchase scheme through which passengers can pay through equated monthly installments (EMIs).

We are confident that this scheme will make air travel more economically-viable than ever before for those customers who want to travel now, but pay later,” Debojo Maharshi, chief marketing officer of SpiceJet was quoted in a statement.

According to the company, the ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ scheme allows passengers to pay as per their own schedule.

Passengers holding credit cards issued by Axis, HSBC, Kotak, and Standard Chartered can pay through EMIs between three and 12 months.

The interest rates charged through the scheme will range between 12 and 14 percent, compared to a typical credit card interest rates in excess of 36 percent.

The company pointed out that for a ticket costing Rs.5,000, this scheme can result in savings of over Rs.1,000 in terms of interest charges.

“The facility is available for bookings made through the SpiceJet website. In case of refunds, customers will have to bear the cost of the interest rate already billed for that particular booking,” the statement added. (IANS)

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HSBC and Reliance Execute Blockchain Trade Finance Transaction

The statement added that the transaction validated the commercial and operational viability of blockchain as an alternative to conventional exchanges for paper-based documentation

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HSBC, RIL execute blockchain trade finance transaction.

Banking and financial services major HSBC and Reliance Industries Ltd on Sunday said that they have executed a first-of-its-kind blockchain trade finance transaction, validating the commercial and operational viability of blockchain as an alternative to conventional exchanges for paper-based documentation.

“This is an industry-first as the blockchain platform integrated with ‘Bolero’s electronic Bill of Lading’ (eBL) platform to issue and manage an electronic ‘Bill of Lading’,” a joint statement said.

“This allowed a digital transfer of the title of goods from the seller to the buyer in the underlying trade. It further enabled the underlying trade to be fully digitised.”

According to the statement, the end-to-end transaction was executed on “R3’s Corda” blockchain platform which is a single-shared application, rather than requiring multiple isolated digital systems across various counterparties located around the globe.

“The ‘Letter of Credit’ (LC) was issued by ING Bank for Tricon Energy USA (importer) with HSBC India as the advising and negotiating bank for Reliance Industries, India (exporter),” the statement said.

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“This solution is a significant improvement for any organisation involved in buying and selling goods internationally, as it truly brings together all parties onto one platform.”

The statement added that the transaction validated the commercial and operational viability of blockchain as an alternative to conventional exchanges for paper-based documentation.

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“We are excited to partner with HSBC on digitalisation of trade finance. This reflects our continued commitment to embrace emerging technologies and industry-first initiatives,” Srikanth Venkatachari, Joint Chief Financial Officer, Reliance Industries, was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The use of blockchain offers significant potential to reduce the timelines involved in exchange of export documentation from the extant 7 to 10 days to less than a day. When adopted at scale, it helps in significant optimisation of working capital. Further, use of blockchain in trade finance enhances transparency, security and synergy across all the parties and stakeholders involved.” (IANS)