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MobiKwik ‘AutoBill Pay’ Feature Launched for ZIP users

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MobiKwik has announced the launch of the ‘AutoBill Pay’ feature for its 25 million ZIP users to simplify recurring bill payments. ZIP is MobiKwik’s flagship Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) product which extends a line of credit to its users.

This feature is exclusively designed for ZIP users to pay multiple bills such as electricity, water, gas, mobile, DTH, etc. automatically every month using the BNPL credit line.  To activate the feature, the users will have to register their billers on the MobiKwik app and enable the AutoBill Pay feature.

With the AutoBill Pay feature, MobiKwik ZIP users can automate all their bill payments and relinquish the need to remember multiple due dates. It provides users with the facility to create, approve, modify, pause as well as revoke auto-debit on ZIP as per their requirements. To use the AutoBill Pay feature, the users will need to update their existing MobiKwik mobile app. Once updated, the option of “Pay one bill for all bills” would appear on the dashboard for both android and iOS users. The users can choose their preferred utility bills and a single ZIP bill will be generated on monthly basis. The bills would be fetched 15 to 20 days prior to the due date/s and users will get the notification before the payment is debited, i.e., “your electricity bill has been generated for auto payments, the payment of this bill is scheduled for the XXX date.”

Talking about the new feature, Chandan Joshi, Co-Founder and CEO, Consumer Payments, MobiKwik said, “We have realized that everyday users are inundated to remember the due dates for various utility bills and clearing them on time. To ease this pain point, we have integrated Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) offering with AutoBill Pay so that our 25 million ZIP users can now use BNPL to aggregate their multiple daily life bills payments and pay one bill for all bills. This feature will benefit both users and billers alike, users can avoid late payments and penalties by automating bills whereas billers will get their payments on time. Our team is working round the clock to bring many such user-friendly features on our platform to simplify daily life payments for our users.”

The AutoBill Pay feature is available for MobiKwik ZIP users across 700+ cities in the length and breadth of the country.

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Hirect’s New Feature Enables Users to Search for Jobs ‘Nearby’

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Hirect has recently launched a new update to their existing application that will enable candidates to easily find jobs closer to their desired location. The new update is focused on simplifying users’ job users’ search experience.

The latest version in iOS 2.4.1 and android 3.1.7 updates of the application include the “Nearby” feature that allows the jobseekers to look out for jobs seamlessly. The “Nearby” feature allows the users to pinpoint their current location and enable them to filter out the relevant job opportunities near to their vicinity. Once the user grants access to the location, the application will populate the job feed of the candidate in ascending order of their distance. For instance, if a candidate is located in Goregaon, Mumbai, he/she can look out for relevant job opportunities and can choose as per their location.

Talking about the latest update, Mr. Raj Das, Global Co-founder and CEO of Hirect India said, “We are thrilled to unveil our brand new feature with the latest release in both the versions of the application. As a brand, we strive to provide better solutions that will help both the job seeker and the recruiters. As part of our research, we found that there is a section of job seekers who are not willing to relocate for jobs due to family and personal commitment. This feature is designed keeping them in mind and the recruiters who want to hire candidates closer to where they operate. I am certain this feature will disrupt the hiring market as it will significantly cut down the hiring time on both ends.’’

Hirect links the startups to the great talent of the country within a minute on one platform using AI-enabled metadata. The objective of the update in the app is to make the job search process for candidates simpler and easier allowing them to search for preferred jobs near their vicinity. The App is standardized and designed in such a way that it connects the right job seekers and recruiters through a rigorous verification process without the intervention of middlemen.

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Telegram Helping Government of Brazil to Curb Fake News

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Telegram has joined hands with the Government of Brazil, to work towards curbing fake news and false information propagation, in the country. President, Jair Bolsonaro met the Vice president of Telegram, Ilya Perekopsky, and the legal representative of the messaging app in Brazil, Alan Thomaz at Palácio do Planalto.

In Brazil, Justice and social networks have been engaged in a relationship of dialogue in recent months, to address some of the conflicts around the adoption of practices to prevent the dissemination of false information. The concern of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) is the undue interference of fake news in the political and institutional life of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Ilya Perosky, Vice President, Telegram said “We had a good conversation with Bolsonaro in which we have discussed freedom of expression, the most important principle on which Telegram is based, and compliance with the Constitution”

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In India, Telegram has worked closely with the PIB (Press Information Bureau) and MIB (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) to help the government’s initiatives to curb the menace of fake news. They have verified Channels running on Telegram with a wide audience base. PIB Factcheck is one of the Channels on Telegram which is working to counter misinformation on government policies and schemes.

Similarly, MyGov, the Citizen Engagement platform of, Government of India has an official channel on Telegram that shares verified information about government-related campaigns and initiatives. This Channel on Telegram has over 1.1 million subscribers.

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Telegram Premium is Coming Later This Month, Reveals CEO

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On Friday, Telegram’s Founder and CEO, Pavel Durov spoke about the upcoming premium version of Telegram. On his Telegram channel, he wrote:

Since the day Telegram was launched almost 9 years ago, we’ve been giving our users more features and resources than any other messaging app. A free app as powerful as Telegram was revolutionary in 2013 and is still unprecedented in 2022. To this day, our limits on chats, media and file uploads are unrivaled.

And yet, many have been asking us to raise the current limits even further, so we looked into ways to let you go beyond what is already crazy. The problem here is that if we were to remove all limits for everyone, our server and traffic costs would have become unmanageable, so the party would be unfortunately over for everyone.

After giving it some thought, we realized that the only way to let our most demanding fans get more while keeping our existing features free is to make those raised limits a paid option. That’s why this month we will introduce Telegram Premium, a subscription plan that allows anyone to acquire additional features, speed and resources. It will also allow users to support Telegram and join the club that receives new features first.

Not to worry though: all existing features remain free, and there are plenty of new free features coming. Moreover, even users who don’t subscribe to Telegram Premium will be able to enjoy some of its benefits: for example, they will be able to view extra-large documents, media and stickers sent by Premium users, or tap to add Premium reactions already pinned to a message to react in the same way.

While our experiments with privacy-focused ads in public one-to-many channels have been more successful than we expected, I believe that Telegram should be funded primarily by its users, not advertisers. This way our users will always remain our main priority.

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