Japan – JCB partners with NPCI to offer 40% cashback for RuPay JCB cardholders for in-store purchases in Australia, Qatar and UAE

JCB International Co. Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co. Ltd., Japan’s only international payment brand partners with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to announce the launch of a special cashback offer for all RuPay JCB Debit & Credit Cardholders for a limited time period. In accordance with the offer, customers using a RuPay JCB Card will receive 40% cashback at retail stores in Australia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the offer period. The offer will be valid from October 1 to December 31, 2022. **

The maximum cashback amount per transaction will be INR 3,000, with an overall cap of INR 15,000 per card during the offer period. Detailed T&C can be referred at www.rupay.co.in

Yoshiki Kaneko, President and COO, JCB International Co. Ltd. said, “With the easing of travel restrictions globally, we expect to see a surge in international travel. We are happy to partner with NPCI in launching this promotion and hope our Indian cardholders will enjoy these offers at locations carefully chosen, keeping their preferred travel destinations in mind. With wide acceptance of merchants internationally, the RuPay JCB Debit & Credit cardholders will enjoy a hassle-free and rewarding experience wherever they go.”

Denny V. Thomas, Head- RuPay, NPCI said, “We are delighted to launch the cashback offer for our RuPay JCB Credit and Debit cardholders. We are anticipating a high traffic from India to these locations and want our cardholders to benefit, when they spend using RuPay JCB Cards. The offer is available on all in-store purchases irrespective of size or category of the merchant. With a wide international acceptance network, we wish to provide more such attractive offers in other geographies also”.

For the promotion details, please visit:


* In-store purchase means a face-to-face POS transaction made at a merchant location.

** NPCI reserves the right to change/modify the scheme without recourse to anyone or without any pre-notification.

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. JCB issues cards across various countries and regions internationally with more than 140 million cardmembers. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase its merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to providing responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.global.jcb/en/

Media Contact for JCB:

Ayaka Nakajima

Corporate Communications

Tel: +81-3-5778-8353

Email: jcb-pr@jcb.co.jp

About NPCI

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) was incorporated in 2008 as an umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India. NPCI has created a robust payment and settlement infrastructure in the country. It has changed the way payments are made in India through a bouquet of retail payment products such as RuPay card, Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), BHIM Aadhaar, National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC FasTag) and Bharat BillPay.

NPCI is focused on bringing innovations in the retail payment systems through the use of technology and is relentlessly working to transform India into a digital economy. It is facilitating secure payments solutions with nationwide accessibility at minimal cost in furtherance of India’s aspiration to be a fully digital society. For more information, visit: https://www.npci.org.in/

Media Contact for NPCI:

Shruti Singh

Tel: +91 9654497747

Email: shruti.singh@npci.org.in

Priyanka Chavda

Tel: +91 9619378489

Email: priyanka.chavda@npci.org.in

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Email: banali.banerjee@adfactorspr.com / gaurav.agarwal@adfactorspr.com

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Indonesia to offer 80/160-year building (HGB) permits in IKN Nusantara to incentivise investment

Indonesia’s Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency (ATR/BPN) is offering building use permits (HGBs) of up to 80 years, extendable to 160 years, as an incentive for investors to join in the construction of the Indonesian new capital (IKN) Nusantara, to be built in Samarinda, East Kalimantan.
“The HGB permits will benefit all parties, both the welfare of those who live in the city, and the business actors themselves,” ATR Minister and BPN head Hadi Tjahjanto said to Antara here on Monday. The 80-year HGB will be divided into three stages: the first phase will span 30 years, the second phase 30 years, and the third phase 20 years.

During the first stage, the investor must submit an assessment report, after which the “The permit will continue up to 80 years,” said Hadi, and can be extended if it is productive for the community. “If it is still used properly and beneficially for the community, we can still extend it for another 80 years, up to 160 years,” the minister informed.

He further said that his ministry has completed four regional spatial planning plans (RDTR) for IKN Nusantara, which will be submitted to the IKN Authority for immediate approval. Furthermore, RDTRs are being prepared for the five regions of IKN Nusantara and are targeted to be completed by the end of 2022.

The ministry will provide facilities related to land, spatial planning, and business licensing in the IKN Nusantara area, which will then be submitted to the IKN Authority. “We will facilitate it, and we will hand it over to the head of the IKN Authority, including RDTR, spatial planning, and land issues. We will help the process,” Hadi said.

The IKN Nusantara Authority is preparing a government regulation draft (RPP) on incentives for business, to make it easier to invest in the new capital city, while another measure will be preparing an IKN Authority-owned enterprise (BUMO). The IKN Authority will carry out market sounding of domestic and international investors later in October.

A number of Asian countries have shown interest in the development of the new Indonesian capital (IKN) Nusantara. Japan, China, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, and South Korea have all evinced an interest in investment, East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor has disclosed.

Earlier this year, President Joko Widodo said, “The new capital city is not merely a move of government offices. The goal is to build a new smart city that is competitive at the global level. Building a new locomotive for the transformation of Indonesia into an Indonesia based on innovation, technology, green economy. This is where we will start.”

See the original article: https://en.antaranews.com/news/254193/
Written by: Rini Utami, Aditya Ramadhan, Resinta S, Editor: Suharto (c) ANTARA 2022

Topic: Construction of Facility

Canada – Businesses offer jobs for Afghan newcomers

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 13,050 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.

May 13, 2022—Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 13,050 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.

For many newcomers, securing meaningful employment is a critical step in their resettlement journey and is integral to financial independence. It also helps ease Canada’s labour shortages and supports our country’s post-pandemic economic growth by filling vacancies across the country.

Small businesses across Canada have shown incredible leadership in hiring newcomers. On Prince Edward Island, the Immigrant & Refugee Services Association Prince Edward Island (IRSA PEI) helps refugees who want to settle in smaller communities across the province. Mr. Khaled Salar, an Afghan newcomer, secured highly skilled employment shortly after his arrival in Canada after connecting with SpryPoint, a Charlottetown-based company that creates cloud-based software. He was offered a position as a project manager at SpryPoint based on his years of experience. This is a shining example of the powerful impact of matching job opportunities with newcomers’ skills.

Recognizing the contributions that refugees bring to the Canadian workforce, larger employers across Canada have also stepped up their efforts to offer jobs to Afghan newcomers by providing them with the opportunities, skills, and work experience they need to be successful. Here’s how some businesses are doing their part:

McCain Foods/Day & Ross have committed to hiring more than 125 refugees by 2024, with corporate and manufacturing opportunities across Canada.
Maple Leaf Foods has made more than 700 positions available across the country, namely in farming, processing and production.
Commissionaires, a not-for-profit, self-supporting organization and Canada’s largest private sector employer of Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police veterans, has identified positions open to Afghan refugees. Now 22,000 strong across Canada, commissionaires are trained to work as security guards, mobile patrollers, administrative clerks, receptionists, systems security technicians, network cabling technicians, supervisors and more.
Amazon/Amazon Web Services have extended an invitation to Afghan refugees to apply for vacant positions in 12 cities across Canada such as Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Halifax. They also offer support for employees who wish to upgrade their skills.

We continue to see an outpouring of goodwill from Canadians across the country, including businesses. As a business owner, learn about ways you can help engage with newcomers and how they can benefit your business.

Photos of previous arrivals are available in Dropbox for use by media. You can also monitor Canada’s progress on welcoming Afghan refugees to Canada.

“Finding stable employment is crucial to the success of newcomers in Canada, and many are eager to build on their experience and skills in their new communities. I’m thrilled that so many Canadian businesses are providing jobs and mentorship opportunities to the world’s most vulnerable, so they can continue to enrich our communities and help grow our economy.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“The key to our success is our dedicated people and how they work together to understand the unique needs of newcomers to our Island. The Employment Assistance Service team provides integrated employment support tailored to meet an individual’s needs. It makes our day when we receive the good news that another job offer has been accepted!”

– Bernadette Reynolds, Executive Director, IRSA PEI

Aidan Strickland

Press Secretary

Minister’s Office

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


Tax Day Savings Offer from Medicare Insurance Association

 The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance announced a special Tax Day offer for agents adding their listing to the national online directory of Medicare agents.

“In recognition of Tax Day, we are pleased to offer a 15 percent savings to any agent choosing to add their listing to the directory,” states Jesse Slome, director of the Medicare insurance advocacy organization.

Slome reported that, compared to the prior year, traffic to the organization’s website increased by 45.63 percent for the period April 1, 2021 through April 1, 2022. “Consumers make up the vast majority of website visits. On a daily basis they use the Association’s online directory to find local Medicare insurance agents.”

To take advantage of the special savings, enter the Referral Code april15 when signing up for a listing. The special savings offer ends Tuesday, April 19.

Learn more about the directory at https://www.medicaresupp.org/agent-center/medicare-insurance-agent-directory/.

The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI) and the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance advocate for the importance of planning. For more information, visit the organization’s websites at https://www.medicaresupp.org and https://www.aaltci.org.

American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance

Jesse R. Slome





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States must continue to offer protection to particularly vulnerable Afghans

The German Institute for Human Rights strongly recommends that all states involved in the Afghanistan operation, including Germany, provide protection to local staff and particularly vulnerable Afghans.

Using Germany as an example, the recently published publication “Responsibility for basic and human rights following the withdrawal from Afghanistan” shows the obligations to protect that result from the rights to life and physical integrity enshrined in human rights law.

The sudden withdrawal of troops in August 2021 took part after an international military mission, which lasted two decades, leaving the people of Afghanistan in the hands of the Taliban. For some of them life and limb is in risk because of their work for the international forces or because of their commitment to the goals of the international military mission.

The particular threat to local staff results from their close ties to the German Armed Forces or the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), for example, which have arisen as a result of a conduct attributable to Germany. As a result local staff and their family members have the right to enter Germany for their protection.

Protection obligations have also arisen for other particularly vulnerable Afghans who are exposed to danger to life and limb due to the Taliban’s seizure of power because they have committed themselves to achieving the goals of the international mission. Their particular vulnerability is due to the fact that they have campaigned for human rights in Afghanistan – through their activities or through their publicly expressed opinions. These include judges, human rights defenders, journalists, cultural professionals, former members of the security forces and of the government, or particularly vulnerable girls and women who have taken on a public role, for example.

This also applies to the protection obligations of the other states involved in the military mission. All States including Germany must continue to offer protection to these particularly vulnerable Afghans. The protection obligations did not end with the withdrawal of the security forces from Afghanistan.

More information

Cremer, Hendrik / Hübner, Catharina (2022): Responsibility for basic and human rights following the withdrawal from Afghanistan. On Germany’s duty to protect particularly vulnerable Afghans. Berlin: German Institute for Human Rights



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