No cash? Paris church basket now taking bank cards

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The passing around of collection baskets at Catholic mass usually leads to a collective digging through pockets and purses for loose change or small bills -- but a Paris church is testing a high-tech alternative. Starting Sunday, worshippers at Saint-François de Molitor church in the city's 16th Arrondissement can use their debit or credit cards to donate using baskets equipped with contactless payment terminals. The premise is simple: An entire generation is using bills and coins less and less," the diocese of Paris said in a statement. The five baskets keep their traditional woven design, but will accept digital donations of two to ten euros ($2. 50 to $12). Weekly collections remain a key source of financing for Catholic churches in France, accounting for 23 percent of the more than 600 million euros donated in 2016. In Paris, the average parishioner contributes nearly 100 euros a year. The baskets aren't the first efforts to reach out to the tech-savvy faithful. Since October 2016 eight Paris churches have accepted weekly offerings via an app called "La Quete", or The Collection. Eight more in the capital will start using La Quete this Sunday, joining around 5,000 others that have signed up for the service. We increase a parish's resources because donations are two to five times higher than those in cash," said Stanislas Billot de Lochner, co-founder of Obole Digitale ("Digital Offering") which created the app. And there's no need to worry about fellow worshippers looking askance if users just pass the basket: slips of paper confirming their donation are available at the door. It allows us to remove any reluctance from a churchgoer who might think, I've made an offering but people are still looking at me funny and saying to themselves, 'he didn't give anything'," Billot de Lochner said.
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Garden Reach Shipbuilders Set To Win ₹5,400-Crore Navy Order

Garden Reach Shipbuilders Set To Win ₹5,400-Crore Navy Order

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State-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) is set to win a ₹5,400-crore order from the Navy to build eight anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes. The contract is seen to boost its share value during its proposed IPO.

Kolkata-based GRSE was the second lowest bidder in a tender issued by the Navy to build

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Cavaliers' slump continues as Warriors ease through NBA Finals rematch

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Kevin Love and Stephen Curry battle for the ball
  • Golden State Warriors 118-108 Cleveland Cavaliers
  • LeBron James’s team have now dropped eight of last 10 games
  • Warriors haven’t lost away from home since 22 November

Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King holiday victory on

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Navy Eyeing More ‘Submarine Killers’

Navy Eyeing More ‘Submarine Killers’

Watching the Seas: A Boeing P-8I landing at the Naval Air Station Rajali near Chennai

It has already inducted eight aircraft, and placed orders for four more

The Indian Navy is considering the acquisition of more Boeing P-8I aircraft for surveillance and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), according to Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

In an interview to

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Fog halts ferry services on 2 major routes

Fog halts ferry services on 2 major routes

Ferry services on the two major routes in Shimulia-Kathalbari and Paturia-Daulatdia in the Padma river were disrupted early today due to dense fog.

The ferries came to a complete halt from 2:30am to avoid any untoward incident, our Munshiganj correspondent reports this morning quoting Shah Newaz Khalid, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTA).

Seven ferries were stranded with thousands of passengers in the middle of the river amid sever cold weather, Khalid told our Munshiganj correspondent.

Meanwhile, UNB adds: ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route resumed after eight hours of disruption caused by dense fog this morning.

The ferry services were disrupted from 2:30am due to poor visibility caused by thick fog,” said Nasir Mohammad Chowdhury, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha.

Later, the ferry services resumed around 10:30am as the fog disappeared, Nasir added.

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