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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Underground to offer 'rail miles'

FREE RIDES are to be offered to regular riders on the London Underground and bus network when a new "smartcard" replaces conventional tickets, LU has announced.

Signed and sealed on the internet

A TINY microchip storing our identities, our medical histories and even our cash is a device much used by science fiction writers. Truth is rapidly catching up with fiction, and smart cards with considerable intelligence have already been developed.

We give advice, we don't censor

Lady Howe believes we were wrong about the Broadcasting Standards Commission

Failing Tube system posts record profit

London Underground: Ailing lines carry an extra 100,000 passengers and rake in pounds 265m, but face further delays

NatWest calls the future on a mobile

THE PROSPECT of being able to run a bank account using a mobile phone moved a step nearer yesterday when NatWest joined forces with a telecoms company.

Money: Just sign on the digital line

Electronic ID is the modern way to make your mark. By Stephen Pritchard

TRIED & TESTED: THE SMART CARD

Do you want to be remembered as a stylish professional or a used- car salesman? We pick the best business cards

Law Report: 11 march 1998; Resale of unexpired tickets amounted to theft

Law Report: Regina v Marshall and others

Learning scheme to last for a lifetime

ONE MILLION people will each receive pounds 150 towards education or training as part of Government plans to promote lifelong learning.

A strong hand for the chip set

Are smart cards the key `enabling technology', as some experts claim? Mark Vernon investigates

Judge bans `smart cards' that cut off water supplies

LOCAL councils are welcoming a High Court judge's landmark decision yesterday banning water companies from using new electronic "smart" card payment systems to cut off customers who do not pay their bills.

Personal Finance: Barclaycard grants a new lifeline to students

The National Union of Students (NUS) has just clinched a deal giving its official seal of approval to Student Barclaycards, the junior version of the UK's first - and still its leading - credit card, in return for a donation of pounds 1 a head to the union's funds. The deal is worth a cool pounds 220,000 a year to the national union and to local student unions.

Sema shares soar as it wins pounds 305m contract to handle disability benefit tests

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Security yesterday awarded a huge contract to handle the medical assessment of disability benefit claims to Sema, the Anglo-French computer services group. News of the deal, worth pounds 305m over a five-year period, sent shares in Sema soaring. They ended the day up 72.5p at 1910p.

De La Rue chief quits after fresh profit warning

De La Rue yesterday shocked the market when it unveiled its fourth profit warning in less than three years and revealed plans to halve its annual dividend. Jeremy Marshall, who has been chief executive of the banknote and cash handling group since 1989, has left the company after deciding to retire two years earlier than expected.

Government considers pulling plug on ICL benefit claim system

A pounds 1.5bn project to replace Benefits Agency order books and Giro cheques with plastic payment cards and to computerise all Post Offices appeared close to collapse last night.
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

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Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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