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SBI has joined hands with NPCI to introduce Contactless Debit Card

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SBI has joined hands with NPCI to introduce Contactless Debit Card

This time, the state-owned bank State Bank of India (SBI) has teamed up with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch a contactless debit card. Japan’s popular payment brand JCB International has joined the plans of these two domestic companies. Yesterday, Tuesday, the company jointly announced the launch of ‘SBI RuPay JCB Platinum Contactless Debit Card’. This card has a special dual-interface feature, which allows customers to transact in the domestic market as well as overseas.

“Customers will be able to make both communication and contactless transactions in the domestic market through this card,” a notification said. On the other hand, on foreign soil, non-stop transactions can be done. The card also allows customers to transact at ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) and POS (Point of Sale) terminals under the JCB network. Using the card again, purchases can be made online from some of JCB’s partner international e-commerce platforms.

According to reports, this new contactless debit card has an additional payment mode, which allows it to support offline wallet-based transactions in RuPay. It will enable customers to load wallets offline and make payments on Indian transport (bus and metro) or retail (merchant).

In this regard, Vidya Krishnan, Chief General Manager, SBI, said that the new tap and pay technology of this card will facilitate secure and fast contactless transactions, making the day-to-day transactions of the customers easier. On the other hand, Yoshiki Kaneko, President and COO of JCB International Company, is quite optimistic that customers will enjoy this card.

In a statement, NPCI COO Praveena Rai said the JCB Platinum Contactless Debit Card, in the form of SBI, could be used in millions of locations around the world. Additionally, customers will have easy access to JCB Plaza lounges located in areas such as Bangkok or Thailand. According to Praveen, the new card, developed in collaboration with SBI and JCB, will provide cardholders with a number of new benefits and services, as well as strengthen India’s business network in the international market.

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‘Extraordinary’: Helen McCrory’s life on stage remembered

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‘Extraordinary’: Helen McCrory’s life on stage remembered

“Whether you were in the back row of the stalls of the Olivier Theatre, or as close as the camera in Peaky Blinders, you got the same level of truth from her.”

Film director Stephen Frears, who cast McCrory as Cherie Blair in The Queen in 2006 and as Sonia Woodley QC in James Graham’s 2020 TV hit Quiz, described her acting as “forensic”.

He added: “She was such a witty woman, so glamorous and so bright.”

Nicolas Kent, who directed her as Lady Macbeth at the Tricycle (now the Kiln) in 1995 described McCrory as “almost the most dedicated actress I know of, a great leader of a company who never let anything go”.

Although she would win wide fame as Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise – and as half of London’s most glamorous thespian power couple with her husband Damian Lewis – McCrory was first and foremost a stage actress.

Although she could be witty and vivacious both on and off stage, she excelled in tragic parts.

Her National Theatre appearances alone embraced Nina in The Seagull (1994), a searing Medea (2014) and a heartbreaking Hester Collyer in Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea (2016). “Helen was quite diminutive in height and frame,” said Norris, “but [as Hester} she was in complete control of everyone.”

After training at Drama Centre and early success at Harrogate and Manchester, her first major London role was as Jacinta, the simple girl whose rape triggers a village revolution in Lope de Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna, for Declan Donnellan’s company Cheek by Jowl at the National in 1992.

“She was extraordinary, very moving and quite frightening,” said Donnellan.

He and his partner in life and work, Nick Ormerod, valued McCrory’s talent for friendship as well as her professional skills.

“We adored her,” he said. “She was the person you made a beeline for at the interval, to have a glass of wine with and a cackle.”

David Lan, who directed McCrory alongside Dominic West and Sienna Miller in As You Like It in the West End in 2006, praised her “quality of delicacy and fragility, though she was also quite robust. The sadness of it is that she could have gone on to do truly remarkable things.”

Many praised the commitment and force of her acting. “Oh my god, she had passion,” says Peter Moffat, creator of the 2000 TV legal drama North Square, in which McCrory played a fiery QC.

“She was also a really good reader of what’s been written and a really good listener.” Writer and director Paul Unwin recalled that, in the 2004 crime drama Messiah, “she broke a finger ‘in character’ because I asked her to do more. But she forgave me, I guess, as she would always turn out to help read a new play.”

Devoted to her craft, her friends, and to Lewis and their two children Manon and Gulliver, McCrory remained a force for practical good.

Even as she was dying, she promoted the Prince’s Trust and the Feed the NHS campaign, and helped choose the worthy recipients of the Evening Standard’s Future Theatre Fund.

“She’d always nudge showbusiness to do better,” said Unwin.

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