The Morning Wrap: Indians' Shops Attacked In Congo; Man Removes Teeth To Stick In 500 Straws For World Record

27/05/2016 9:48 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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***EXCLUSIVE*** NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 05: Rishi, 70, poses for a photograph at his home in New Delhi, India. A MAN obsessed with breaking world records has finally stopped having his body and head tattooed with flags after his wife threatened to leave him. Guinness Rishi, 70, from Delhi, is covered in the flags of 305 different countries, 185 country maps, 165 mini flags and 2,985 characters. His long-suffering wife finally persuaded him to stop after convincing Guinness that no one else would want to break his world record - which officially stands at his 2009 total of 220 flag tattoos. His 22 records include such singular feats as making the longest will in the world - a whopping 489 pages, delivering a pizza from New Delhi to San Francisco, and, of course, carrying the highest number of tattoos on his body. Guinnesss wife Bimla is so angered by her husbands attention-seeking that she refuses to go to the market or be seen in public with him. Mr Rishis other records include 'taking on the world's oldest adoptee', after he legally took custody of his 61-year-old brother-in-law, and building the tallest sugar cube tower in the world, which stood at 64 inches. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sameer Ashraf / Barcroft India /Barcoft Media via Getty Images

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A 23-year-old daughter of the man who was being flown from Patna to Delhi in the Air Ambulance that crash landed recently, was responsible for saving the life of her father. As soon as she realised that the airplane had landed in a secluded field, she pushed the stretcher out of the plane and deposited her father and the oxygen tank that was keeping him alive under a tree, before looking for further help.

The quality of service offered by Indian banks to its customers is rather lackadaisical and a recent speech by the deputy governor of the RBI pointed out five major areas that needed improvement — identity theft, non-functioning ATMs, misleading third-party products (such as insurance), imposition of extra charges on the non-maintenance of minimum balance in a savings accounts and the unsatisfactory status of the implementation of customer service codes set by BCSBI.

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Shops of some of the Indians living in Congo have been targeted in reprisal for the brutal murder of a Congolese man in Delhi, said the Ministry of External Affairs. A few Indian nationals have sustained injuries in the attack.

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A Delhi man who is obsessed with setting Guinness world records got 366 flags tattooed on his body and had all his teeth removed so he could put nearly 500 drinking straws and more than 50 burning candles in his mouth. Har Parkash Rishi, who claims to have set more than 20 records, now calls himself the Guinness Rishi.

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After almost a century of making cars and selling them, auto makers get the sense that the automotive transportation business is on the brink of radical change, says Justin Fox in his column in Mint. "Cutting high-profile deals with ride-hailing companies doesn’t exactly fit that model — although maybe it will teach the auto makers lessons they could use in developing future businesses. In the meantime, though, it’s Uber, Gett, Lyft and Didi that will be interacting directly with the consumers of “mobility services” and presumably building brand loyalty and gaining knowledge. Somebody has to build the cars that will shuttle us all around, so there will still be auto makers," he says.

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