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Delhi Metro To Ease Up Contactless Travel

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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has launched new smart cards that come with the automatic top-up feature. The initiative is to to ensure contactless travel and promote cashless transactions. Particularly, during the current COVID crises. It will be open to shuttles as soon as the subway begins its operations.

These smart cards will be available to download via the Autope app which is specially built for this purpose. Autopia will offer the automatic functionality of uploading. According to the functionality, when your smart card’s value goes below INR 100, your card will automatically be reloaded with INR 200 at the entrance gate of AFC. During the next working day, Autope will auto-debit the top-up amount from the customer’s card/bank account that is connected to the app.

Delhi Metro

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Metro users can download the said mobile application to make use of the facilities of this device. They’ll have to register and connect their bank / credit card / UPI account to the smart card afterwards. For each purchase, a nominal amount would be paid by the customer as a convenience fee, according to a DMRC official.

Referring to this, Mangu Singh, DMRC Managing Director, said this initiative is in line with DMRC ‘s vision to support the digital push. Primarily, to encourage cashless transactions between Delhi Metro’s commuters. He also added that this new feature will allow one to top up their auto smart card at AFC gates. Further, facilitating them to travel easily without any hustle and bustle of recharging time and again.

Delhi Metro has included the feature of contactless top-up in the card. 

As for the current users of Metro smart cards, they can use this facility as well. They will need to visit any Metro station’s customer care center within three days of registering. Further, have their smart cards activated as a one-time exercise for this facility. This service will, however, be available as of the day that Delhi Metro starts operations.

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Anuj Dayal, executive director of corporate communications at DMRC, said the facility will be available to exist Metro, smart card users. “People with Metro smart cards will need to visit each of the Metro stations’ customer service center three days after they register on the mobile application. They can get their smart cards like a one-time exercise.” The cards will be available at the time when Delhi Metro resumes.

Autope’s founders Anurag Bajpai and Pankaj Gambhir said, “The current Covid-19 situation has highlighted the value of contactless services. Moreover, we remain committed to providing a full-scale, smart and trouble-free platform backed by creative and scalable technology solutions to all of our customers.”

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The Delhi Metro commuters will now be able to avail the facility of a new type of Smart Card which comes with an Auto Top Up feature enabling them to recharge it automatically at Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates of the Metro stations (whenever Metro services resume). This New Smart Card is available for customers through the App ‘Autope’ which is specially developed for this purpose. In addition, those commuters who already have existing Delhi Metro Smart Cards can also get the Auto Top Up feature enabled in their cards by registering through this App (Autope). Such existing card holders need to visit the Customer Care Centre of any of the Metro stations after three days of registration to get their smart cards activated for this facility as a onetime exercise. This feature comes handy at these times wherein, commuters are going to follow a new travel protocol (whenever Metro services resume) which calls for social distancing and contactless services due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. However, irrespective of the new card/feature, the existing Smart Cards owned by the commuters will continue to remain valid in the same manner as they used to be so far. To avail the services of ‘Autope’ Smart Card, the users will be required to register by downloading the ‘Autope’ app (available on Google Play store for Android users and Apple store for Iphone users*) or register at Autope’s mobile site autope.in  and link their Bank / Credit Card / UPI account to the Card as a onetime exercise. A nominal fee (maximum of 1%) will be charged as convenience fee from the customer for each transaction. *Autope Mobile App to be available shortly on Apple store. #DelhiMetro #Delhi #Metro

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In addition to auto-top-up services, Autope’s advantages will also include home delivery of new cards. Also, an extra 5 per cent discount on each top-up.

Meanwhile, from thermal detectors to switch temperature checks could be seen. Further, social distancing stickers will be seen pasted on seats. As well as on platform walls. Clearly, the Delhi Metro is all prepared to handle changes according to safety guidelines.

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Unlock 5 Guidelines: What’s Allowed, What’s Not

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued another set of guidelines for the next phase of relaxation. It includes reopening of cinemas and theatres. Schools and colleges may also reopen in Unlock 5, but it has been left on the state governments to decide

The Instructions for Unlock 5 will come into effect on October 1 and will run until October 31. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the national lockdown in March, all public activities were banned by the government. Though India now has over 62 cases of lakh coronavirus and 97,000 deaths, Unlock 5 is being used to encourage further activities.

Unlock 5 guidelines in 10 points:

1. Outside containment zones, cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will reopen with up to 50 percent seating capacity as of 15 October. Since March, the cinemas have been completely shut down. Also, their owners have been seeking reopenings as the losses have escalated for more than 7 months.

2. The state and UT governments might decide to reopen schools after October 15, but in a graded manner. Decisions on the reopening of schools will be made in consultation with schools and institutional administrators. Moreover, on the basis of their evaluation of the situation and subject to certain conditions.

3. However, even though schools can be reopened, the main form of teaching will continue to be online or distance learning. Where schools conduct online classes, they may be able to do so if certain students choose to attend online classes instead of physically attending school. Only with the written permission of their parents can students attend schools and institutions. The guidelines for MHA Unlock 5 have also specified that attendance will not be enforced and must depend entirely on parental consent.

4. The opening of higher education institutions dedicated to research scholars (Ph.D.) and postgraduate students in the field of science and technology involving laboratory and experimental work will be allowed from 15 October onwards. The head of the institution would have to convince themselves that there is a clear need for research scholars (Ph.D.). Also, for the postgraduate students in the science and technology stream for laboratory and experimental work students mainly for centrally funded higher education institutions.

5. All other institutions of higher education, including state universities, private universities, etc., may only be available to PhD students and postgrad students. Moreover, only for those in the field of science and technology who need laboratory and experimental work. But the decision will be made by the respective governments of the state and the UT.

6. Exhibitions for Business to Business (B2B) will be allowed. Also, the Department of Commerce will release the guidelines for this.

7. Swimming pools used for training sportsmen will be permitted to reopen. Further, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will issue guidelines for this.

8. From October 15, amusement parks and similar places will also be allowed to reopen. In that respect, the guidelines will be released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

9. The Unlock 5.0 guidelines have also made it possible for states to loosen the cap of 100 individuals at public meetings. Also, at functions outside containment areas. States will encourage an increased number of individuals to attend a public meeting from 15 October onwards. The decision comes before the beginning of the festivities of Dussehra, Diwali and Durga Puja across India.

10. Restrictions on International travel would continue.

Read: Countries where indians cannot travel to.

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Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Oregon

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Before admitting to the union in February 1859, the only state in the United States of America to have two different designs on each side of its flag was Oregon. Situated on the West coast of the country, was called the Oregon Territory.

Oregon is America’s ninth-largest state. Moreover, home to a vast range of geographical diversities, including forests, deserts, volcanoes, shrublands, and plentiful bodies of water.

Find below a few hidden gems of Oregon city:

Sweet Creek Trail

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A simple 2.2-mile ride that takes in about a dozen spectacular waterfalls is the Pleasant Creek Trail. The best time to visit the trail is maybe April and May, as this is when numerous woodland wildflowers burst into full bloom. Look out for especially rare pink fawn lilies. Just a few miles inland from Florence, at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, the trail is located.

Yaquina Head Light and Cliffs

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Yaquina Head Light, the tallest lighthouse in the state. Also, it can be located near the mouth of the Yaquina River, near Newport City. The lighthouse is known for its presence when it stood as the Moesko Island Lighthouse in the 2002 film The Ring. Lighthouse tours are available and it can also take time for tourists to take a stroll along the cliffs.

Thor’s Well, Yachats

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A giant hole in the rock on the side of the Oregon Coast is Thor’s Well. The void appears to swallow the surrounding seawater. It may seem like a giant, bottomless gap to a normal eye, but, in fact, it does have a bottom.

Though it is unknown, researchers believe that the pit is only about 20 feet deep, but Thor’s Well manages to produce some of the most spectacular sights in the state, especially during high tide, regardless of its insignificant depth.

Enchanted Forest, Turner

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The artist who began to create characters and attractions based on fairy tales such as Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, and Humpty Dumpty created the Enchanted Forest exclusively.

In 1971, the park was opened to the public and has been attracting families since then.

Chocolate Waterfall, Portland

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A massive 21-one-foot chocolate waterfall stands inside the Candy Basket Shop in Portland, Oregon. It throws a gobsmacking 2,700 pounds of chocolate over a huge waterfall-like structure. This towering cascade, constructed from sculpted bronze and Italian marble, has been in operation since 1991 and is the world’s tallest and oldest waterfall of its kind.

Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook

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The Tillamook Air Museum houses a vast private collection of ancient and unusual aircraft. In addition, some of them are stored to be a part of the museum.

The “Flying Museum” is painted on one of the exterior walls after the discontinuation of its use by the military. It also contains many unusual and different planes which are not in use by military.

Silent Rock, Rhododendron

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While no one seems to know the true roots of the belief, when approaching the mound, it is considered that one must be as quiet as possible or suffer the consequences.

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‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens In Sweden

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We are not oblivious to fact that each country has its own cuisine and culture. What we might find disgusting and intolerable, they may actually love it. The ‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens in Sweden. However, to limit the spread of COVID-19/Corona virus, the Disgusting Food Museum will temporarily be open only on Saturdays and Sundays. They will reassess the situation every week and determine if the closure will still be in effect. The food items are as such disgusting as it can get. You literally need to have guts to fathom whatever food items that are in display.

The Disgusting Food Museum’s exhibit has 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Adventurous visitors will appreciate the opportunity to smell and taste some of these notorious foods. Do you dare smell the world’s stinkiest cheese? Or taste sweets made with metal cleansing chemicals? Nonetheless, the museum isn’t trying to make visitors lose their lunch; instead, it hopes to highlight the cultural subjectivity of food.

Here are a few items on display:

Surströmming – Fermented herring from Sweden

 

Small Baltic herring are caught in the spring, salted and left to ferment at leisure. Through the process of fermenting or souring. The aroma is pungent, and the taste is rounded yet piquant with a distinct acidity.

Cuy – Roasted guinea pigs from Peru

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The people of Peru love this delicacy. The roasted guinea pig recipe called Cuy, although it is a permanent part of Peru’s Andean diet for thousands of years.

Casu marzu – Maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia

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The traditional dish of the people of Sardinia known as Casu marzu. Also known as, Fly larvae cheese, the cheese prepared by live Maggots; The flies transform a good traditional cheese by eating and digesting it, and the larvae STAY in the cheese and get to be eaten with it. According to Delish, the cheese “develops when cheese fly larvae are introduced into Pecorino to promote advanced fermentation. As the larvae hatch and eat through the cheese, it softens. Diners have to dig in before the maggots die.”

Stinky tofu – Pungent bean curd from China

A stinky tofu, there is a recipe from China and Taiwan that is on exhibit at the museum. It is made by fermenting the bean curd, and then the tofu is soaked and the pungent bean curd extracted from it. Furthermore, Stinky tofu is one of the most popular snack foods in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

Hákarl – Well-aged shark from Iceland

Known as Hákarl, the Greenland shark is fermented and hung to dry for up to five months to remove the acid from the meat. It is the national cuisine of Iceland.

Durian – Infamously stinky fruit from Thailand

A fruit weighing two to seven pounds, Durian is one of the worst smelling fruits in the world. Moreover, it is forbidden to eat in many countries like Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. The odour of the fruit is described as pig-excrement, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. Can be smelled from miles away, it a popular fruit.

 

Address: Caroli city, Östergatan 12, Malmö, Sweden
Timings: 12 pm to 6 pm
Ticket Price: KR 185 (Rs. 1,340)

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