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Demonetisation: When cash played peek-a-boo

Post-demonetisation, cash did the Houdini vanishing trick at ATMs. With currency notes playing hide and seek, life was sheer misery. Things improved a bit, but the situation is back to square one. The ATMs are running dry, yet again.

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  Tribals in the land of the legendary Birsa Munda in Jharkhand are fighting against the amendments of the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNTA) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (SPTA). These were hastily changed by the BJP government &

NHRC recommendations cannot be set aside with impunity: justice Bhandari

  Recommendations by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) cannot be set aside with impunity merely on the ground that it is a recommendatory body,” said justice Dalveer Bhandari, member, international court of justi

NALCO mines get 5-star rating for sustainable development initiatives

   The Panchpatmali bauxite mines of national aluminum company limited (NALCO) has been conferred with a 5-star rating by the ministry of mines.   The 5-star rating award, along with a certifica

Some Odisha coal mines not being fully utilised

It is a fact that some of the opencast projects (OCP) of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, are not being utilised up to their full capacity despite having good potential for coal production, the Lok Sabha was i

MGNREGS: 21 states have performed below par

In Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the average persondays generated at the national level is 39 days per rural household in the financial year (FY) 2016-17 (as on February 1, 2017). During the same period, 21 s

22 fully functional airports donít handle a single scheduled flight

As many as 22 operational airports owned and managed by Airports Authority of India in the country do not have scheduled flight operations. However, most of these airports are used for general aviation purposes and handle non-scheduled and trainin

HAL to supply Boeing cargo door to Israel aerospace industries

  The Israel aerospace industries (IAI) has signed an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) — a Navratna PSU for further supply of Boeing 737 main deck cargo door. A contract to this effect was signed at Aero

RBI looks at rationalising debit card transaction rate for merchants

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has sought public feedback the draft circular on rationalisation of Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) for debit card transactions. MDR is the rate charged to a merchant by a bank for providing debit and cr

CIC now runs on eight information commissioners

   The Central Information Commission is not in its full strength again. With the retirement of information commissioners (ICs), Basant Seth, on February 17 and MA Khan Yusufi on December 31, 2016, the commission is burdene

Digital payments are fine, but cash seems here to stay: Expert

If the finance ministry and the RBI are serious about promoting the shift to digitalisation, they’re going to need to increase the incentives and reduce the costs to average citizens, everything from transactions fees to poor internet con

A tale of land loss, from Birsaís village

A hulking armoured vehicle of the CRPF, olive green against the dull yellow of crop stubble, stands morosely where the road curves into Ulihatu, a village of Munda tribals. Such mine-proof vehicles of the CRPF are not uncommon here, in Jharkhand&r

Data is oxygen of digital life: Mukesh Ambani

Every Indian has a right to live life to his full potential and digital will be a part of that in the coming years, said Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.   Data is the oxygen of digital life and no Indian shou

Ground water contaminated in parts of various states

The ground water in parts of various states is a deadly cocktail of fluoride, nitrate, arsenic, lead, cadmium and chromium. Union minister Sanjeev Kumar Balyan informed the Lok Sabha that the states are assisted technically and fina

Ganga is now comparatively clean Ė in some stretches

The 2,500 km long river Ganga is relatively clean in some parts. Union minister Vijay Goel informed the Lok Sabha that water quality monitoring of river Ganga is being carried out by CPCB from Gangotri to Diamond Harbour.

Nasscom defers its IT-BPM forecast for 2017-18 to next quarter

NASSCOM has deferred its growth forecast for the FY 2017-18 for the IT-BPM industry to the next quarter.    “We had shared with you our revised guidance in November and have nothing new to add to that due

602 lakh Indians donít have access to safe drinking water

As many as 602.55 lakh people are without access to safe drinking water, the Lok Sabha was informed. Union minister Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi as per data entered by state governments on online portal of Integrated Management Infor

Speed breakers left over 11,000 people dead in 2015

A staggering 11,084 people died in road accidents due to speed breakers in India in 2015, with Karnataka reporting 2,310 deaths. As many as 2,109 motorists died in Madhya Pradesh while 1,654 died due to speed breakers in Uttar Prade

Do vote, exhorts womenís group that sings earthy songs

"Beet jayei ho beet jayei, voting ke bela ho; Sovat rahaba abki bhi tu, hoi paanch saal jhamela ho. Beet jayei ho beet jayei, kis soch mein haua ho, koi tohke paisa dei, police ke phone milaiya ho. (This election season will pass and if you k

Public sector needs to develop Public to Public Partnerships: Expert

  To realise the potential of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), the public sector needs to develop Public to Public Partnerships (P2P Partnerships). The more the public sector can work as P2P Partnerships, the more it can chan

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