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The business wrap: Jio offers limited to those who sign up by December 3, and 6 other top stories

The Finance Ministry sought details of the security breach in ATM networks, and the Centre's new UDAN scheme aims to cap fares of one-hour flights at Rs 2,500.

A look at the headlines in the sector right now:

  1. Reliance Jio can only offer welcome benefits to subscribers who sign up before December 3, says Trai: The regulator told telecom operators that the Mukesh Ambani-owned company’s revised free services plan was consistent with its guidelines.
  2. Finance Ministry seeks information on ATM security breach, banks block over 32 lakh debit cards: The National Payments Corporation of India said 641 customers and 19 banks had complained of fraudulent withdrawals amounting to Rs 1.3 crore.
  3. Centre's new UDAN scheme aims to cap fares for one-hour flights at Rs 2,500: Airlines had expressed their displeasure at sharing the burden of funding the scheme after the government imposed a levy on scheduled flights on major routes.
  4. HCL Technologies to acquire Butler America Aerospace for $85 million: The deal is likely to be completed by December 31.
  5. Reliance Industries records near 23% drop in Q2 consolidated net profit: Its consolidated revenue, however, climbed 9.6% year on year to Rs 81,651 crore, on the back of good performances in the petrochemicals and refining sectors.
  6. Microsoft opens cyber security centre in India, wants to help cops nab cyber criminals: The Delhi branch is the tech giant's seventh such center in the world, which will function as a satellite to the company's Redmond Digital Crimes Unit.
  7. Biocon's net profit rises 52% to Rs 147 crore for September quarter; shares up: The gains can be attributed to the company's growth in small molecules, biologics and research services.
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Children's Day is not for children alone

It’s also a time for adults to revisit their childhood.

Most adults look at childhood wistfully, as a time when the biggest worry was a scraped knee, every adult was a source of chocolate and every fight lasted only till the next playtime. Since time immemorial, children seem to have nailed the art of being joyful, and adults can learn a thing or two about stress-free living from them. Now it’s that time of the year again when children are celebrated for...simply being children, and let it serve as a timely reminder for adults to board that imaginary time machine and revisit their childhood. If you’re unable to unbuckle yourself from your adult seat, here is some inspiration.

Start small, by doodling at the back page of your to-do diary as a throwback to that ancient school tradition. If you’re more confident, you could even start your own comic strip featuring people in your lives. You can caricaturise them or attribute them animal personalities for the sake of humour. Stuck in a boring meeting? Draw your boss with mouse ears or your coffee with radioactive powers. Just make sure you give your colleagues aliases.

Pull a prank, those not resulting in revenue losses of course. Prank calls, creeping up behind someone…pull them out from your memory and watch as everyone has a good laugh. Dress up a little quirky for work. It’s time you tried those colourful ties, or tastefully mismatched socks. Dress as your favourite cartoon characters someday – it’s as easy as choosing a ponytail-style, drawing a scar on your forehead or converting a bath towel into a cape. Even dinner can be full of childish fun. No, you don’t have to eat spinach if you don’t like it. Use the available cutlery and bust out your favourite tunes. Spoons and forks are good enough for any beat and for the rest, count on your voice to belt out any pitch. Better yet, stream the classic cartoons of your childhood instead of binge watching drama or news; they seem even funnier as an adult. If you prefer reading before bedtime, do a reread of your favourite childhood book(s). You’ll be surprised by their timeless wisdom.

A regular day has scope for childhood indulgences in every nook and cranny. While walking down a lane, challenge your friend to a non-stop game of hopscotch till the end of the tiled footpath. If you’re of a petite frame, insist on a ride in the trolley as you about picking items in the supermarket. Challenge your fellow gym goers and trainers to a hula hoop routine, and beat ‘em to it!

Children have an incredible ability to be completely immersed in the moment during play, and acting like one benefits adults too. Just count the moments of precious laughter you will have added to your day in the process. So, take time to indulge yourself and celebrate life with child-like abandon, as the video below shows.


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