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Steps taken to fill slots in NHRC wholly unsatisfactory: SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central government to fill the slot of the member, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and that of its Director General (Investigation) observing that the steps taken so far were "wholly unsatisfactory".

Pulling up the government, a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice L. Nageswara Rao asked why it has not yet taken any satisfactory step to fill up the slots lying vacant for a long time.

Woman dies after being pushed by bank guard, family blocks road

Ludhiana : Angry relatives of a woman blocked a busy road in Punjab's industrial city of Ludhiana on Thursday after she died after being pushed by a bank security guard.

The victim, Asha Rani, aged around 50 years, who was a resident of a locality on Tibba road, was allegedly pushed by a security guard of the Punjab National Bank on the Shingar Cinema road here.

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Manipur post-demonetisation: Life thrown out of gear

Imphal : Even 30 days after demonetisation of high-value bank notes, life in Manipur remains at a standstill as people continue to struggle to make ends meet following the acute cash crunch.

Fifty-year-old N. Sanahanbi, a green grocer in the famed women's market here, who is trying to run her kitchen and educating her children at the same time, told IANS that, since November 8, she has not been able to sell anything simply because customers have no low denomination notes and she does not have change for the Rs 2,000 note that some of them bring.

Replace Parsekar as CM to save alliance, MGP tells BJP

Panaji : The BJP should sack Laxmikant Parsekar and name a new Chief Minister in Goa if it wants to continue the ruling alliance, BJP ally Maharashtrwadi Gomnatak Party (MGP) demanded on Thursday.

MGP President Deepak Dhavalikar, also a minister in the BJP-led cabinet, also said that his party was open to contesting all the 40 assembly seats if the alliance with the BJP breaks.

He also criticised the manner in which the demonetisation exercise was conducted across the country and in Goa.

Bihar to challenge bail to board topper scam mastermind

Patna : The Bihar government on Thursday decided to challenge the bail granted to Usha Sinha, one of the masterminds behind the Bihar education board exam topper scam.

Sinha, former Janata Dal-United legislator, was granted bail by the special court of vigilance-I judge here on November 30, nearly five months after she was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), along with her husband and Bihar School Examination Board's former Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh.

Demonetisation: Inflows in Jan Dhan accounts fall after public warning

New Delhi : Following the Income Tax Department's warning on not allowing misuse of Jan Dhan accounts for laundering black money post-demonetisation, inflows into such accounts have come down significantly, the government has said.

In a release late on Wednesday, the Union Finance Ministry said there has been a continuous fall in deposits in last couple of weeks, after an initial surge in deposits after the demonetisation of high-value currency on November 8.

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Scheduled Tribe status for six Assam communities

New Delhi : The committee formed to recommend communities of Assam for granting the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status will submit its report shortly, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

"A committee has been set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to recommend the modalities for granting of Scheduled Tribe status to six communities, namely Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes) of Assam," Rijiju said in a written reply.

ज़मीन खरीद मामला : क्या भाजपा नेता जदयू के इन सवालों का जवाब देंगे?

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पटना : नोटबंदी के हंगामे के बीच बिहार में बीजेपी द्वारा ज़मीन खरीद का मामला अब गर्माने लगा है. जनता दल (यू) के राष्ट्रीय महासचिव श्याम रजक, प्रदेश प्रवक्ता संजय सिंह, नीरज कुमार एवं राजीव रंजन प्रसाद ने आज पटना में एक प्रेस वार्ता कर बीजेपी द्वारा बड़े पैमाने पर ज़मीन खरीद को लेकर कई सवाल खड़े किए हैं.

Demonetisation: A month on, cashlessness sting just as painful

New Delhi : A day to the month after high denomination notes were banned, there was no respite in sight for cash-strapped people on Wednesday as queues outside banks and ATMs for money withdrawal continued across the country with rising anger and pain.

There was a crowd of about 30-40 customers at the Axis Bank in Sector 16 of Noida, adjoining Delhi.

Many among the crowd were arguing with the guard for not informing them that the bank had run out of cash. Out of desperation, they asked the guard to let them in and see for themselves that there was no cash.

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RBI governor avoids query on full return of banned notes

Mumbai : Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel avoided answering a question that if all the scrapped notes in circulation came back as deposits, this would mean no black money existed in the economy.

The governor, who was addressing the media following the meeting of the Monetary Committe on Wednesday, said that the cost-benefit of the move to ban higher denomination notes was in the fact that it would have several positive outcomes in the medium to long term, despite the short-term difficulties "which we all know of."

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