Industry says not enough to move needle

Sitharaman on Monday announced an ‘LTC Cash Voucher Scheme’ which will be launched with applicability till March 31, 2021. Under the LTC scheme, central government employees get LTC in a block of four years — one travel to anywhere in India and one to hometown or two for hometown visits. Air or rail fare, as per pay scale or entitlement, is reimbursed and in addition leave encashment of 10 days (pay and dearness allowance) is paid.

In this case, the government will make full cash payment on leave encashment and payment of fare in three flat-rate slabs depending on class of entitlement, including making the fare payment tax free.

Here’s where the brokerages and industry sources disagree:

ICICI Securities said in a report that it is difficult to estimate how many people will avail this scheme. “The requirement to contribute money from one’s own pocket could prove to be a

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5 ways to move forward in fashion

Livia Giuggioli posing for the camera: Ahead of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Firth discusses what we need for the future of fashion

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Ahead of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Firth discusses what we need for the future of fashion

This year, the Green Carpet Fashion Awards went digital for the first time. Filmed virtually at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, using a clever mixture of visual FX, animation and holograms, the event was broadcast live online and on Sky Arts, making it available to a larger audience than ever before; a significant move during a year when the event is arguably more important than ever.

Eco Age founder Livia Firth first launched the Green Carpet Challenge 10 years ago, along with Lucy Siegle, and the pair have been promoting and encouraging vital conversations around sustainability for the past decade. We caught up with Firth to discuss what place the red carpet has during a pandemic, what sustainability actually means, and the enduring power of celebrity endorsement.

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With Alfond financial gift, UNE to move medical college to Portland campus

A substantial financial gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation will see the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine move to the Portland campus, and the development of new  programs at the Biddeford campus, UNE officials announced Friday. Brianna Soukup Photo/Portland Press Herald

BIDDEFORD — A substantial gift to the University of New England from the Harold Alfond Foundation will support relocation of the College of Osteopathic Medicine to the Portland campus.

The move will open space to bring new programs to the Biddeford campus and expand existing ones, UNE officials say.

The Harold Alfond Foundation announced that the University of New England is one of eight Maine educational institutions to benefit from a $500 million investment made to confront the state’s long-term economic challenges. Details about UNE’s share of the investment will be outlined with other details at a news conference set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, which may

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Homebase makes sustainable move with launch of ‘green aisles’

The aisles, photographed here, are perfect for environmentally-friendly DIY enthusiasts. (SWN)
The aisles, photographed here, are perfect for environmentally-friendly DIY enthusiasts. (SWN)

Environmentally-friendly DIY lovers can now experience the first ever “green shopping aisle” at select Homebase stores, complete with real grass walkways and foliage.

The aisle will be full of products aimed to make homes more sustainable and the aisles themselves will be lined with evergreen climbers and lush vegetation.

The aesthetically-pleasing green aisles will be initially launched in five stores – Haringey in London, Edinburgh, Bridgend, Birmingham and Leeds – with more to follow.

The hardware store chain has partnered with Smart Energy GB to showcase how shoppers can make their homes more sustainable.

The aisle, pictured, is the first of its kind. (SWNS)
The aisle, pictured, is the first of its kind. (SWNS)

The idea was created after Homebase found that 74% of its shoppers wanted to make their homes “greener” but didn’t know where to start or what they needed to buy.

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Aston Villa Women 0-6 Everton Women: Ruthless Toffees move top of WSL

Hayley Raso and Claire Emslie both scored twice as Everton hammered Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League.

Australia international Raso opened the scoring from close range in the 20th minute, before pouncing on an error from keeper Lisa Weiss to make it two.

Emslie curled in the third from 20 yards before Valerie Gauvin’s diving header finished off a counter-attack.

Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah’s cross sailed in after the restart and Emslie added the sixth as Everton went top.

Willie Kirk’s side had been in superb form coming into this fixture, having reached the Women’s FA Cup final by overcoming WSL champions Chelsea and two-time cup winners Birmingham City in the previous six days.

And they were far too strong for Gemma Davies’ Villa side, who are still to pick up a point this season.

Raso was denied brilliantly by Weiss inside the first minute but made no mistake from Emslie’s

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The Coupon Bureau and Hedera Hashgraph Move to Next Phase in Delivering Universal Digital Coupons

DALLAS, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Coupon Bureau (TCB), a non-profit, industry managed coupon data exchange technology platform that works with many of the largest consumer product goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers, has moved into the next phase of development of its Universal Positive Offer File, which will leverage the Hedera Consensus Service (HCS) to create a universal digital coupon for the retail industry. The new universal digital coupon will provide a standardized and secure mechanism for coupon distribution by utilizing a singular centralized database of offers, which can be used across paper, mobile, or online commerce.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has required the coupon and retail industry to find innovative ways to meet consumers’ changing behavior, especially in the context of dramatically rising e-commerce sales and online deliveries,” said Brandi Johnson, CEO of The Coupon Bureau. “There has never been a more urgent need for a universal

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