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Bharat Financial Inclusion preparing pitch for diversification ahead of merger

Bharat Financial Inclusion preparing pitch for diversification ahead of merger

Finance
KOLKATA: Bharat Financial Inclusion, which will soon be merged with IndusInd Bank, is in the process of diversifying into two-wheeler loans and home loans which may help it de-risk the asset portfolio from a monoline micro loan business. Managing Director MR Rao said the new loan products will be offered to existing customers to grow in size but microfinance will remain its core focus and will be crucial to get new customers. “It (diversification) is not a defence mechanism. It has always been a part of a larger plan. We are getting ready to offer more products to our existing customers who have the ability to repay,” Rao said in an exclusive interview. Post-merger, Bharat Financial will work as a business correspondent for the Hinduja group promoted IndusInd while its entire loan por
Uefa charges Celtic after fan runs on to pitch 'and aims kick at Mbappe'

Uefa charges Celtic after fan runs on to pitch 'and aims kick at Mbappe'

Sports
Celtic have been charged by Uefa after a fan ran on to the pitch and appeared to aim a kick at Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.The incident happened late in the first half of Tuesday's Champions League match at Celtic Park, shortly after the visitors' third goal in a 5-0 win.PSG also face a charge after seats were damaged in the away section. The cases will be dealt with by Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body on 19 October.Police Scotland reported seven arrests at the match, including a 21-year-old man charged with alleged pitch incursion and assault.He was taken into custody, along with three other men who were accused of assault, breach of the peace and violating the offensive behaviour at football act 2012.Match report: Celtic 0-5 PSGWe played like under-12s, says Rodger...
Girl with 3D printed hand wants to throw first pitch at every MLB park

Girl with 3D printed hand wants to throw first pitch at every MLB park

Sports
Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball teams are lining up to let 7-year-old Hailey Dawson throw out a first pitch at their games.Dawson has a rare disease called Poland Syndrome and was born without three fingers. She had a 3D printed hand, which works with fishing line.Hailey has already thrown out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles. She wants to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark.On Thursday, something really special happened. Teams responded quickly to her wish, asking her to come to their games and take the mound. Bleacher Report posted a link to a video featuring Dawson, which the teams responded to in droves.Those teams included: the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians...
Los Angles Clippers compare Blake Griffin to MLK in recruiting pitch

Los Angles Clippers compare Blake Griffin to MLK in recruiting pitch

Sports
July 2 (UPI) --Blake Griffin joined JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., and other icons on a shirt worn by Los Angeles Clippers employees after his free agency meeting.President Barack Obama, Mohammad Ali, Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela were also on the shirt. ESPN reported the recruiting tactic.The shirt read: "Pioneers" and is now available online for $ 25.A source close to the Clippers told ESPN that the shirt was first given to players in the preseason, without Griffin's image, to encourage the team to live like those in the photo.Griffin, 28, averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in 61 games last season for the Clippers. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft shot a career-high 76 percent from the free throw line.Clippers employees wor...