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India unrest after Demonetization

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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.

 

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BJP Minister caught urinating in public near campaign poster, Calls it ‘Old-age Tradition’

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Ajmer, Oct 8: A picture of Bhartiya Janata Party minister urinating near a wall, next to a campaign poster featuring chief minister Vasundhara Raje is making rounds on social media.

The minister, Shambhu Singh Khatesar, justified himself by saying that urinating publicly was “an age-old tradition” and he had done nothing wrong.

Speaking to media Khatesar said, “There was a wall and some posters stuck at some distance on it. I hadn’t paid attention. It isn’t right to urinate in open but it’s a natural call. Urinating in a crowded area, is wrong”.

On the Narendra Modi government cleanness drive the minister stated “As far as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is concerned, urination alone doesn’t contribute to uncleanliness. That place did not have urinals for kilometers at a stretch”.

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IMD issues cyclone alert for Odisha

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Bhubneshwar, Oct 8:  The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said a depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to concentrate into a cyclonic storm during the next 48 hours.

Under its impact, several parts of Odisha will receive heavy rainfall starting from October 9.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into deep sea areas of the Bay of Bengal from October 9 to 12 as the sea condition would be rough.

While rainfall at many places with heavy downpour at isolated places over south coastal Odisha is likely to occur on Tuesday, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal Odisha is likely to occur on Wednesday.

It further predicted rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy downpours at a few places and extremely heavy downpour at isolated places over coastal and adjoining interior Odisha on Thursday.

The IMD said squally winds with speeds reaching 45-55 kmph to 65 kmph are very likely along and off north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal coasts from October 9.

It is very likely to increase gradually, reaching 70-80 kmph to 90 kmph from October 10 evening onwards along and off south Odisha and adjoining districts of north Andhra Pradesh coasts, said H.R. Biswas, Bhubaneswar Met centre Director.

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Russia, Pakistan sign MoU on gas pipeline from Iran

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Moscow, Sep 28 (IANS) Russia and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding on implementing a project to build an underwater gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India, the Russian Energy Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

“The memorandum provides for the identification of authorized organisations through which the project will be supported, including during the development of a feasibility study, identification of the resource base, configuration and route of the gas pipeline,” the statement said, Xinhua reported.

Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky and Pakistan’s Ministry of Energy Additional Secretary Sher Afgan Khan signed the document in Moscow.

Now Russia will have to inform Iran and India about the signing, after which it expects to sign a similar document with India, Yanovsky said in the statement.

The project was frozen in 2013 due to the imposition of sanctions against Iran, but its revival started in 2017. In November 2017, Russia and Iran signed a memorandum that envisaged Russian support for gas supplies from Iran to India.

In March, a Russian-Iranian working group on the implementation of the project had its first meeting.

According to Yanovsky, Russia and Pakistan were holding consultations on another project of building the 1,100 kilometer North-South Gas Pipeline (NSGP) between Pakistan’s Karachi and Lahore to transport 12.3 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

The implementation of an agreement signed in October last year between Russia and Pakistan on Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies “can become a promising direction of cooperation,” he said.

The governments of the two countries were also considering signing an agreement on Russian oil products supplies to Pakistan, Yanovsky said.

In addition, Russian electric power industry has shown interest in the Pakistani market, he said.

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