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India unrest after Demonetization




After a wait of long 36 hours, lakhs of anxious people made a beeline for banks and post offices on Thursday to exchange scrapped currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 with the newer notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000. Thousands were queued up for hours armed with the notes and identity papers since morning before the opening of banks and post offices on Thursday across Delhi and in other major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nashik, Kolhapur.

While many requisite slips have been filled in advance with attached identity papers, others are running around in panic to get photocopies and even there they encountered more long queues, before they could exchange the demonetized currency. Many private and public sector bank branches were found jammed with customers. While, some were seen to be resorted to admitting groups of five to 10 people at a time. Situation became worse when air conditioners stopped working due to the heavy load.

Similar situation has been seen at various ATM’s which also opened up first time since Tuesday night as people rushed to withdraw the permitted amounts for their daily routine expenses. However, there is no independent confirmation, television reports quoted customers complaining about some branches and ATMs those have already exhausted their cash stocks within the first couple of hours after they opened for the day.

It is almost equivalent to winning a war, many of the early birds who managed to withdraw the brand new Rs 500-Rs 2,000 notes clicked their selfies and proudly uploaded them on various social media channels. But the battle has just begun, it will arise fresh problems as people could not get them changed due to virtual absence of Rs 100 and Rs 50 and other lower denomination notes in the markets.

Basic activities of trade and commerce, done on the regular basis such as kirana shops, saloons, multiplexes, malls and others had come to a standstill on Wednesday in the near total absence of customers. Only those who are having credit or debit cards turned up to shops and to those outlets only which are accepting credit and debit cards but all others dealing in daily cash transactions including cabbies, got a big hit.

All the banks were directed to work for 12 hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to clear the jam of desperate customers for banking transactions, and if required, it’ll be remained open for next Sunday (November 20). The situation on the roads witnessed a bit normal since Wednesday evening after both Maharashtra and central governments announced a waiver of toll taxes on all highways till November 11 midnight. Yet, customers were resorted to panic purchases of petrol stocks, railway or air tickets to offload their existing stocks of the demonetized notes.


Wefornews bureau


Unhappy Naresh Agarwal joins BJP, says SP prefered Bollywood actress over me as RS candidate



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Naresh Agarwal joins BJP (Photo-ANI)

The Samajwadi Party leader, Naresh Agarwal on Monday joined BJP in the presence of Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

While joining BJP, Naresh Agarwal who is currently the Rajya Sabha member of Samajwadi Party said, “I am joining the BJP as I think that until you are in National Party, you cannot do anything for the society. I am also impressed by PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi. I still respect Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav, but the current scenario in SP where it is doing a coalition with Congress and sometimes BSP is very sad.”

The leader joined BJP after the Samajwadi party nominated actor and politician Jaya Bachchan for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election in April. The party had to choose between Naresh Agarwal and Jaya Bachchan as they don’t have enough legislators in the assembly to support their candidate.

Talking about Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha candidate, Jaya Bachchan he said, “My comparison was drawn with those working in films… I was rejected for those who dance in films, work in films. I found it not proper. Nobody found it proper.”

Agarwal became tv channels and newspaper’s headline for making controversial statements. In July 2017, he courted controversy in Rajya Sabha by associating Hindu Gods with alcohol, while speaking on the issue of mob violence related with cow protection. However, after his statement, he was made to apologise by BJP.


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India, Pakistan should decide to think of peace: Farooq Abdullah on ceasefire violations



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National Conference party leader, Farooq Abdullah (File Photo)

Kashmir:  National Conference party leader Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday spoke about the situation on the India- Pakistan border in Kashmir. 

The leader speaking on the continous ceasefire violation said,”this will continue to happen.”

The leader urging both the countries to find a diplomatic solution said,”firing will continue to happen on both sides unless the two nations decide to think of peace.”

“The sooner they think about it, the sooner it will stop,” he added.

However this is not the first time when Abdullah has asked for diplomatic solutions, earlier the leader stated that war is not the solution of the Kashmir issue.


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Kabul seeks closure of Taliban’s Qatar office



Taliban office in Qatar
Taliban office in Qatar (Photo- The Newyork Times)

Doha, Feb 24: Kabul has started discussions with the Qatari government to close the Taliban office in Doha as it has had “no positive consequence in terms of facilitating the peace talks with the group in Afghanistan”, a senior government official has said.

“There is no need to keep the office open”, said Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani, in an interview with Middle East newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat earlier this week.

“The aim behind opening (Taliban’s) Qatar office was to start official peace negotiations with the terror group from the address, but so far no official negotiation from the office has been started with government. Even a single step has not been taken forward in the peace process through this office,” Qadir Shah, a spokesman for Atmar’s office said.

“It had no benefit for us even after seven years… It is better to close it,” Atmar said.

He also said that Kabul has so far witnessed no sign of “sincere” cooperation from Islamabad in counter-terrorism efforts.

The Taliban had earlier reached out to the US with an offer for talks and urged people to pressurize Washington to bring an end to the invasion of Afghanistan.

The Taliban had said that they preferred to resolve the conflict that began in 2001 through peaceful dialogue and warned that the use of force alone would complicate the problem in Afghanistan.

The group had called on the “American people and the peace-loving Congressmen” to pressurize US leadership to end the occupation of the Asian country, a precondition that Taliban has always maintained to begin any negotiation.


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