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Yahoo Cricket Brings India’s First Super App for Cricket Fans

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Yahoo Cricket is creating the first-ever super app for cricket, bringing together fan-favorite experiences and services all in one place.

Cricket fans today are engaging in different ways with the game, going far beyond consuming news and content. They are interacting with friends and family using social media apps, playing on fantasy apps and shopping for cricket merchandise on eCommerce apps. For everything they love around Cricket, fans currently need to go to a different app. On Yahoo Cricket’s super app, users can get the latest scores, commentary and news, but also play free fantasy with their friends, interact with a community of like-minded cricket fans, immerse themselves in the game through polls, quizzes, archival data and do much more — all from the convenience of a single super app. Now with a brand new Match Center in Hindi, the app delivers a more enjoyable experience for our users. Yahoo Cricket, a Made in India product, can be accessed by Yahoo’s global audiences — enjoyed by Cricket fans as part of Yahoo Sports.

“The fan experience is fast evolving in a virtual world, with the mobile at the center of this evolution. We see the opportunity to create a more seamless, integrated experience that brings together everything a cricket fan needs, wants and enjoys, in one place. The first-of-its-kind Yahoo Cricket Super App will revolutionize the experience for fans, giving them efficient access while combining context with convenience under one umbrella,” said Nikhil Rungta, Country Manager, Verizon Media, India.

Yahoo Cricket’s Super App deeply immerses users in the game. Yahoo Cricket covers every match holistically in its Match Centre with pre-match fantasy statistics, detailed scorecard, ball-by-ball commentary, match and player graphs and live polls. The match centre is designed for an elevated second screen experience to engage fans. Now, Yahoo Cricket is bringing this match centre experience in vernacular languages, starting with Hindi — users can now switch to Hindi for World Test Championship Final.

Key features / elements of Yahoo Cricket’s Super App include:

  • Match Scorecard and Ball-by-ball Updates in Hindi: Cricket fans can experience the entire match in hindi, for a much more enjoyable experience.
  • Play free fantasy Cricket with friends: Fans can play with friends and family by creating their own private clubs for any match or series absolutely free. Yahoo Cricket’s fantasy game is designed for passionate Cricket fans to showcase their knowledge of the game. Users can track their friends’ fantasy points live during a match, maintain history for their club  and even share club leaderboards on chat and social sites.
  • Fantasy Research Advantage: Fantasy Insights, a user-favorite feature, gives team statistics for every match on Yahoo Cricket. Users can find Fantasy Insights for all international, domestic and even smaller leagues on Yahoo Cricket.  Users can find all the details in one place to make better decisions and win on any fantasy platform.
  • Real-time Fan Polls: Yahoo Cricket users can participate in live polls during the match on its match centre. Users can predict the outcome of the match, answer brain teasers and quizzes along with other Cricket fans that make the match experience more enjoyable.
  • Deep Data Archives: Yahoo Cricket has granular archival match data from 1882-83 Ashes for the Cricket obsessed. Fans can even view player statistics for every series, including India’s historic Test, ODI and T20 wins.
  • Next-gen immersive: Yahoo Cricket is also redefining how fans ‘experience’ a match. Upcoming immersive elements include graphic 3D scorecards, Virtual Reality (VR) replays and 360 views of a points table, powered by proprietary immersive technology built on Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

With a reduced app size, users can enjoy a slew of fan-centric features on the Yahoo Cricket app this cricketing season, besides following live cricket scores, ball-by-ball commentary and real-time cricket news and updates. The Yahoo Cricket App is available for download on Google Play and the App Store.

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Now Discover Hyderabad’s Popular Restaurants & Shops on ‘Paytm Halo Hyderabad’

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Paytm announced the launch of its city-specific mini-app ‘Halo Hyderabad’. It is the one-stop destination to discover Hyderabad’s popular restaurants, shops, events & news. Users will be able to avail the best offers & discounts from the listed merchants.

To gain access to the deals and scroll through all of Paytm partner apps, users can visit the Mini-App Store on their Paytm App and click on ‘Halo Hyderabad’.

The mini-app store will enable the users to book doctor’s appointments, ride cabs, order products for home delivery, purchase travel & entertainment tickets, and also book slots for COVID vaccinations. Through the company’s partners, users can order food from Hyderabad’s famous restaurants like Ulavacharu, Ram Ki Bandi, Churrolto, Chai Kings, Euphoria bakers, London Bubbles Co, Mamagoto, Pakka Local, Samosa Singh and Grand Trunk Road or order anything they want from pearl earrings, sandalwood oil & incense sticks to coffee, toys, and so much more.

Additionally, the health and wellness store within the Mini-App Store will give users one-click access to a large selection of health supplements, essential vitamins, immunity boosters & ayurvedic medicines through top health tech platforms including 1mg, Netmeds, Apollo 24×7, DocsApp/Medibuddy, Zyla, Mfine, and Credihealth among others.

Paytm Spokesperson said, “Hyderabad is an important city for Paytm. We hope that with the launch of the city-specific mini app ‘Halo Hyderabad’, we will bring convenience for our users by helping them discover the best deals & offers from nearby stores and also get access to local services.”

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Paytm Payments Bank Crossed 10 Million FASTags Mark

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Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) announced that it has become the first bank in the country to achieve the milestone of issuing 1 crore FASTags. This is almost 30% of the total FASTags issued by 32 banks in the country. In the last 6 months alone, PPBL has equipped over 40 lakh commercial & private vehicles with FASTags.

Besides this, Paytm Payments Bank is also India’s largest acquirer of Toll Plazas for the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) program offering an interoperable nationwide toll payment solution. The bank has enabled 280 toll plazas across the National & State highways to collect toll charges digitally. Paytm Payments Bank is also working closely with NHAI for testing and implementing multi-lane free-flow movement using automatic number plate recognition technology. This will further improve the overall customer experience while travelling on the national highways. Paytm FASTag is linked to the Paytm Wallet ensuring users don’t have to opt for multiple recharges.

The bank has also set up an efficient customer dispute redressal mechanism, which identifies incorrect deductions and immediately raises claims to reverse the extra charges. The meticulous dispute management process thoroughly audits all customer complaints, associated toll transactions and issues raised by the toll plazas to expeditiously resolve all customer complaints. Further, PPBL has diligently pursued all customer complaints so far through multiple stages of the dispute cycle, winning 82% of cases on behalf of its FASTag users.

Satish Gupta, MD & CEO – Paytm Payments Bank Ltd said, “It is overwhelming to lead the adoption of digital toll payments in India by offering a seamless & hassle-free FASTag service to both our users and toll operators. The innovations that we have made in technology and the deep trust in our bank has helped us become the top issuer and the largest acquiring bank under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme. We aim to continue taking the government’s initiative of building digital highways across the country further with our payments technology.”

PPBL FASTag has become the country’s most preferred toll payment method as it allows users to directly pay from the Paytm Wallet. Users do not need to create any separate account or download a wallet to recharge their FASTags. The issuance process is quick, easy & convenient, and doesn’t require multiple documents or separate login credentials. Unlike tags from other banks which may require a couple of hours to get activated, PPBL FASTags are activated instantly from the moment users receive them. All FASTag transactions can be monitored on the Paytm app.

India’s leading digital payments and financial services Paytm filed its DRHP on Friday, for SEBI’s approval for its $2.2 billion IPO. In its prospectus, the numbers of Paytm Payments Bank revealed how the company is faring in the UPI game. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL), has 155 million UPI handles on its platform and is accelerating the growth of UPI payments at retail stores and even large merchants, as stated in its DRHP. As of March 31, 2021, Paytm Payments Banks had 64 million savings accounts, and over ₹52 billion deposits, including savings accounts, current accounts, fixed deposits with partner banks, and balance in wallets, as stated in the DRHP.

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Koo App Adds Yellow-tick Verification, Applications Now

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A Yellow Tick on Koo recognizes and celebrates a user’s eminence, stature, achievements, abilities and professional standing in Indian life. It implies that the user is well-regarded in the Indian framework – be it an artist, scholar, sportsperson, politician, businessperson or any other field.

Koo welcomes all those on the platform to apply for Eminence, as the Yellow Tick is known, at Koo. Requests for Eminence are evaluated based on internal research, third-party public resources and in the Indian context.  Eminence criteria are reviewed by a special team at Koo in March, June, September and December each year.  As on date, the Eminence Yellow tick has been confirmed for approximately one percent of requests received and these eminent voices are given prominence in their respective language communities.  This points to the rigour and importance Koo lays on ensuring that Eminence is not misued or granted at will.

Shedding light on the criteria for Eminence, Aprameya Radhakrishna, Co-founder and CEO, Koo, said, “The Koo Eminence Tick is a recognition that the user is a significant representative of the voices of India and Indians. We have formulated the process keeping India’s local realities and are committed to ensuring transparency to maintain a user-base that is verified and acts responsibly while interacting online.”

Adds Mayank Bidawatka, Co-founder, Koo App, “We are proud that Koo has made its criteria for getting the Eminence available in the public domain. Since Eminence is evaluated in the Indian context, it gives Indians a better likelihood of being able to get the Yellow Tick. This is a significant step towards making digital conversations intersting and constructive.” 

How to Download Koo:  The app is available for users to download on the mobile App Store. Users have the option to register using either their mobile number or email ID. Once registration is complete, they can follow their favourite celebrities, athletes, politicians, entertainers and thought leaders on Koo. Koo empowers users by allowing them to communicate in their native languages, should they wish to.

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