Monthly Archives March 2016

Opening a bank locker? Do your homework

Mint Money’s mystery shopping exercise on opening bank lockers tells you of the issues around opening one

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Opening a bank locker is not the easiest of things to do; there is a lot of homework one needs to do. And to get a sense of how a customer is treated when she approaches a bank branch to open a locker, Mint Money set out on a mystery shopping exercise. Mystery shopping is one of the tools used by regulators, companies and researchers across the world to evaluate the quality of services. It involves an individual or individuals collecting information about a service or product without the vendor knowing the consumer’s purpose.




This exercise was carried out bet...

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7 Countries With Interesting Stories Behind Their Original Names

A lot of countries in the world were known by different names when they were born. Some changed their names after attaining freedom, while others simply moved to a better name. But places changing their names isn’t entirely uncommon. In India itself, several cities have had new names. Mumbai was once known as Bombay, Bengaluru was once called Bangalore and so on. All of these have some fascinating stories behind them. Read on as we take a look at some countries around the globe that were known differently back in the day and the stories behind them.

1. Democratic Republic of Congo was earlier known as Zaire.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has had several names...

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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests in the world. They are attracted to your home in search of food and water mostly. The three most common types are the German, Oriental and American roaches.

These tiny creatures are not only ugly to look at, but also harmful to your health. They act as carriers of different germs and bacteria that cause diseases.

They contaminate the space and items around them with waste products, which can cause allergic reactions in people and pets.

They can also damage household items like books, clothes, electronics, wires and more. Plus, when present in large numbers, they produce a mild musty smell.

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As cockroaches reproduce quickly, you need to take measures to get rid of them as ...

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Baba Ramdev plans to open food parks in four or five locations

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The yoga guru who created the popular Ayurvedic products brand wants to expand capacity and push back multinationals as he fights for what he calls ‘economic independence’

Baba Ramdev, who calls for taking pride in Ayurveda products, has words of caution for spiritual gurus building large consumer goods brands. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Baba Ramdev, who calls for taking pride in Ayurveda products, has words of caution for spiritual gurus building large consumer goods brands. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Ramdev, who calls for taking pride in Ayurveda and domestic products, also has words of caution for other spiritual gurus ...

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From more than 20 years This Man is feeding those who are Abandoned by their families

For more than 20 years now, Gurmeet Singh visits abandoned patients at the Patna Medical College and Hospital with medicines and food. When he enters the hospital, the faces of weary, lawaaris (as they are called) patients light up and they smile.

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Are you in pain? This is the question Gurmeet Singh usually asks when he enters a hospital ward in the city of Patna. The ward is a damp and dingy facility. Half a dozen beds for sick patients are scattered all over the dimly-lit place. When he enters the hospital, the faces of weary, lawaaris (as they are called) patients light up and they smile. For more than 20 years now, Gurmeet Singh visits the abandoned sick at the Patna Medical College and Hospital with medicines and food...

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