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My dear Indians, on the auspicious occasion of Independence Day, my wishes to all my fellow Indians. The entire nation, along with the independence spirit, is celebrating Janmashtami as well. I can see in huge numbers in front of me some young Krishnas. From Lord Krishna to Mahatma Gandhi, our country has a rich historical, cultural heritage. I, on behalf of 1.25 billion Indians salute those who’ve sacrificed for the freedom, honour & pride of our country. Sometimes, some problems become very big challenges for us. Good rains highly contribute for the country to prosper on the whole. But it is the effect of the changing air & water that natural disturbances can cause severe obstructions. For the last few days, there have been several pockets in the country, that had to face the brunt of this problem. We saw the loss of many innocent lives at the (Gorakhpur) hospital. In these difficult times, the support of our fellow Indians keeps us going. And I assure all of you, in such times, we will leave no stone unturned to ensure your wellness & security. My dear fellow Indians, this year is an extremely important year for Independent India. Just last week, we recollected memories of 75 years of the Quit India movement. This year we are also celebrating 100 years of Champaran Satyagraha. This year also marks 100 years of the Sabarmati Asharam. This also marks the time, when Lokmanya Tilak had said, ‘Swaraj is my birth right’. It is 125 years since the tradition of Ganeshotsav had started to inculcate the feeling of public sentiment. It is a day in history, which inspires all of us to do something for the country. 70 years of Independence & 75 years unil 2022, from 1942 to 1947, Indians portrayed such show of strength, which not just gave sleepless nights to the Britishers, but they were also forced to leave the country and go back. We still have 5 years till India completes 75 years. In this time our collective strength, hard work & determination, while remembering our brave freedom fighters can help us create a country par excellence. Hence, with the vision of New India, we have to help the country develop further. With the resolution, hard work & sacrifices of 1.25 billion Indians, we can do anything. We all understand the power of collective strength. No matter, how powerful Lord Krishna was, when the gwalas stood together with their sticks, their collective strength helped lift the Govardhan Parvat. When Shri Ram had to go to Lanka, the vanar sena came together to build the Ram Setu, which helped Ramji cross to Lanka. With Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, very Indian weaved a thread with cotton. It was their collective strength that helped India become independent. Nobody is big or small, even a squirrel can cause a change. Which is why in this population of 1.25 billion, nobody is big or small. Every Indian at his end can contribute towards a new India in 2022, after 75 years of Independence. With a new resolution, new energy, hard work & collective strength, we all can create a ‘New India’ that is safe, developing and strong. An India that provides equal opportunities for all. An India that is developed in science and technology. There is a sentiment attached to India’s struggle for freedom. We are all well aware that during this struggle, a teacher would teach at school, a farmer would engage in farming. A laborer would continue his work. No matter what work one undertook, they knew they were working towards India’s freedom struggle. This is a very important subject. Food is prepared everyday, but when it is presented to the deity it becomes sacred. When we toil hard. But when we work for India’s pride, when we work to ensure India is out of poverty, to ensure India’s social fabric is secure the result is more impactful. This year we must carry forward the message. The upcoming 1st January.. I don’t think the upcoming January 1st is common… Those who were born in the 21st century, it is an important day.. the youngsters born in 21st century, this year will be a turning point for them. When they turn 18, they will creators of India’s fortune. The fortune of 21st century will be created by these youngsters. They were born in 21st century and they will turn 18 and I welcome these youngsters. I salute them and congratulate them. I welcome them. You will turn 18, you are getting a chance to create India’s future. Take part in India’s fast paced growth. The country invites you. My dear countrymen, during Mahabharat, Arjun asked several questions to Shri Krishna. Arjun was told, that your mood impacts your man. The end result is always impacted by what one thinks. For us too, if our mind is firm, if we are determined towards a prosperous India… We were filled with disappointment, but now we must be optimistic. We must end pessimism. I believe the ‘chalta hai’ attitude era of ‘let things be’ has gone. Now we must believe that things change and can change. If we have the resources, will power. If we are willing to sacrifice, if we have willingness to make a change, then a change happens automatically and determination turns into desired results. In Independent India, it is obvious that the issue of National Security is close to every Indian’s heart, our country and our forces, our brave men or anyone else, not just the Army, Air Force and the Navy all uniform forces.. whenever they got a chance they have shown their ability. Our forces never took a step back to display their courage. Be it Left wing extremism or terrorism or infiltrators or any force that is want to disrupts India’s peace, those who don the uniform have set the definition for bravery. When surgical strikes happened the world was forced to accept our power. They were forced to accept the power of our people. My dear countrymen, it is clear that India’s security is our prime concern. India is capable of defending its internal security be it the sea, border, cyber or space. We are capable to taking on those who target us.

My dear fellow Indians, those who fill their lockers by looting innocent Indians, cannot have a sound sleep even today. The confidence with which an honest man moves ahead makes him realise his true worth. In today’s times, honesty is celebrated. Those who are corrupt have no place to hide their faces. This gives us a new faith. Those with black money have been cheating the legal system for so many years. We have fast-tracked the crackdown and the govt has confiscated more than 800 crore Rs of wealth. When this happens, an honest man gets a renewed confidence that this is a country of honest people. For the last 30-40 years, the OROP scheme for our forces was pending. But the govt has ensured it comes through. We work towards the betterment of our forces which strengthens their feeling of sacrificing themselves for the country. There are several states under the central govt, in our country. GST has given competitive corporative federalism a new strength. We’ve seen a new result with the success of GST. Every single Indian is responsible for this. Technology has seen a new miracle. The world is shocked to see a our country roll out GST in such a short span. This brings a renewed confidence in every generation and gives birth to newer systems. Today roads and railway tracks are being built at twice the speed. We have brought electricity to 14,000 villages. We all see, the country is getting lit. We have opened bank accounts for more 39 crore people and 9 crore farmers get soil health cards. 2.5 crore women have got gas connections. This renews the faith a poor man, he feels aligned with the rest of the country & this promotes larger development. Youth gets a security of more than Rs 8 crores, without guarantee, to start their own business. They get reduced interest rates from the banks. Expenses can be curtailed. If a middle class man wants to buy his own house, he can get lower interest rates. Every person moves forward with the faith, that the country is moving forward. Today, times have changed. The govt does what they say. Even if the interview is over or the system has changed. For a regular businessman who would have to fill 60-70 forms earlier, we have brought it down to 5 forms. Point I’m trying to make is, good governance has helped speed up the development process. Which is a population of 1.25 billion Indians are moving forward with this faith.

Dear countrymen you would be happy to know that we are not alone in our fight against terror. Several countries are now willing to help us. People are now giving us input when Hawala transaction takes place.We also get inputs related to terrorism. We are fighting terrorism along with the world. I would like to congratulate all the countries that are helping us combat terror. This is helping us combat terror. The development of Jammu and Kashmir is the aim of India along with the state government. We are determined to ensure it becomes the heaven that it was. Whatever happens in Kashmir, there is a lot of bickering. Everyone is hurling abuses at the other. But I believe that whatever happens in Kashmir… a handful of extremists who keep plotting against us… but my idea to win this fight is clear. Abuses won’t help us win this battle.. Bullets wont help us win this battle.. the issue will resolve only when we accept every Kashmiri. Every Indian has been taught this tradition and that is why neither abuses nor bullets will resolve this issue. There will not be any soft stand against terrorism….we have repeatedly maintained that people should enter mainstream politics. You have the right to speak in Indian democracy. It is main stream politics that can change peoples lives and that is why I am happy with the attempts made especially in regions with left wing extremism. Youngsters surrendered in a large numbers. Youngsters are guarding our borders. I am happy that Government of India is now launching a website that will showcase the winners of Gallantry awards. All information will be made available of all those who made the nation proud. A portal will be launched of those who made the nation proud. This will inspire the next generation. There will be a lot of information on those who made the nation proud. With the help of technology, we are trying to encourage honesty. Our fight against corruption continues. We are modifying this technology. We have linked AADHAR to ensure there is transparency amd several people across the globe discuss this model and study this. Now a person who wants to sell large amount of his produce can contact the Government. He can supply his product. He does not need middlemen. The portal is called as GEM and Government can procure products through this. This has ensured transparency is big way.

Dear countrymen you would be happy to know that we are not alone in our fight against terror. Several countries are now willing to help us. People are now giving us input when Hawala transaction takes place.We also get inputs related to terrorism. We are fighting terrorism along with the world. I would like to congratulate all the countries that are helping us combat terror. This is helping us combat terror. The development of Jammu and Kashmir is the aim of India along with the state government. We are determined to ensure it becomes the heaven that it was. Whatever happens in Kashmir, there is a lot of bickering. Everyone is hurling abuses at the other. But I believe that whatever happens in Kashmir… a handful of extremists who keep plotting against us… but my idea to win this fight is clear. Abuses won’t help us win this battle.. Bullets wont help us win this battle.. the issue will resolve only when we accept every Kashmiri. Every Indian has been taught this tradition and that is why neither abuses nor bullets will resolve this issue. There will not be any soft stand against terrorism….we have repeatedly maintained that people should enter mainstream politics. You have the right to speak in Indian democracy. It is main stream politics that can change peoples lives and that is why I am happy with the attempts made especially in regions with left wing extremism. Youngsters surrendered in a large numbers. Youngsters are guarding our borders. I am happy that Government of India is now launching a website that will showcase the winners of Gallantry awards. All information will be made available of all those who made the nation proud. A portal will be launched of those who made the nation proud. This will inspire the next generation. There will be a lot of information on those who made the nation proud. With the help of technology, we are trying to encourage honesty. Our fight against corruption continues. We are modifying this technology. We have linked AADHAR to ensure there is transparency amd several people across the globe discuss this model and study this. Now a person who wants to sell large amount of his produce can contact the Government. He can supply his product. He does not need middlemen. The portal is called as GEM and Government can procure products through this. This has ensured transparency is big way.

 

 

My dear fellow Indians, those who fill their lockers by looting inncocent Indians, cannot have a sound sleep even today. The confidence with which an honest man moves ahead makes him realise his true worth. In today’s times, honesty is celebrated. Those who are corrupt have no place to hide their faces. This gives us a new faith. Those with black money have been cheating the legal system for so many years. We have fast-tracked the crackdown and the govt has confiscated more than 800 crore Rs of wealth. When this happens, an honest man gets a renewed confidence that this is a country of honest people. For the last 30-40 years, the OROP scheme for our forces was pending. But the govt has ensured it comes through. We work towards the betterment of our forces which strengthens their feeling of sacrificing themselves for the country. There are several states under the central govt, in our country. GST has given competitive corporative federalism a new strength. We’ve seen a new result with the success of GST. Every single Indian is responsible for this. Technology has seen a new miracle. The world is shocked to see a our country roll out GST in such a short span. This brings a renewed confidence in every generation and gives birth to newer systems. Today roads and railway tracks are being built at twice the speed. We have brought electricity to 14,000 villages. We all see, the country is getting lit. We have opened bank accounts for more 39 crore people and 9 crore farmers get soil health cards. 2.5 crore women have got gas connections. This renews the faith a poor man, he feels aligned with the rest of the country & this promotes larger development. Youth gets a security of more than Rs 8 crores, without guarantee, to start their own business. They get reduced interest rates from the banks. Expenses can be curtailed. If a middle class man wants to buy his own house, he can get lower interest rates. Every person moves forward with the faith, that the country is moving forward. Today, times have changed. The govt does what they say. Even if the interview is over or the system has changed. For a regular businessman who would have to fill 60-70 forms earlier, we have brought it down to 5 forms. Point I’m trying to make is, good governance has helped speed up the development process. Which is a population of 1.25 billion Indians are moving forward with this faith.

Dear countrymen you would be happy to know that we are not alone in our fight against terror. Several countries are now willing to help us. People are now giving us input when Hawala transaction takes place. We also get inputs related to terrorism. We are fighting terrorism along with the world. I would like to congratulate all the countries that are helping us combat terror. This is helping us combat terror. The development of Jammu and Kashmir is the aim of India along with the state government. We are determined to ensure it becomes the heaven that it was. Whatever happens in Kashmir, there is a lot of bickering. Everyone is hurling abuses at the other. But I believe that whatever happens in Kashmir… a handful of extremists who keep plotting against us… but my idea to win this fight is clear. Abuses won’t help us win this battle.. Bullets wont help us win this battle.. the issue will resolve only when we accept every Kashmiri. Every Indian has been taught this tradition and that is why neither abuses nor bullets will resolve this issue. There will not be any soft stand against terrorism….We have repeatedly maintained that people should enter mainstream politics. You have the right to speak in Indian democracy. It is main stream politics that can change peoples lives and that is why I am happy with the attempts made especially in regions with left wing extremism. Youngsters surrendered in a large numbers. Youngsters are guarding our borders. I am happy that Government of India is now launching a website that will showcase the winners of Gallantry awards. All information will be made available of all those who made the nation proud. A portal will be launched of those who made the nation proud. This will inspire the next generation. There will be a lot of information on those who made the nation proud. With the help of technology, we are trying to encourage honesty. Our fight against corruption continues. We are modifying this technology. We have linked AADHAR to ensure there is transparency and several people across the globe discuss this model and study this. Now a person who wants to sell large amount of his produce can contact the Government. He can supply his product. He does not need middlemen. The portal is called as GEM and Government can procure products through this. This has ensured transparency is big way.

In many ways, we’ve been successful in bringing about transparency. We have fast tracked our flagship programs. When there is a delay in any of our programs, be it because of financial or other obstacles, it affects my poor brothers & sisters the most. We can reach Mars in 9 months. When I went through some past accounts of our govt, I realized there was a 72 km rail project which was stuck for 42 years. During such delays, a poor man questions the progress of our country. To bring about a change these are the sort of details we have concentrated on. Be it Jio technology or space technology, we have tried to bring about a change. You must have seen a time when there was strain between state & the center regarding urea. Later it was for kerosene. It was an atmosphere, where the center looked like the older brother and state looked like the younger brother. Because I have been a CM for a long time, I realize the importance of the role of the state & CM in overall development. Which is why we insist on competitive cooperative federalism. Today we take all the decisions together. From this very place, one PM had spoken about the sorry state of the electricity of several states. Today we have strengthened the states and helped them solve their electricity issues. This is a huge example of federalism. Along with GST, be it the Smart City program or the Swach Bharat campaign, be it toilets or ease of doing business, states have moved shoulder to shoulder with the country for all these programs. Democracy is our biggest strength. However today, democracy is restricted to voter list. We want to move in a direction where people make the system and not the system, making its people. Lokmanya Tilak had said, ‘Swaraj is my birth right’. That should be our boundary. The country should fulfill its own responsibility and its people should fulfill their responsibility. When we move from governance to self-governance, the country moves forward. When it/came to cleanliness, everyone moved together with that campaign. When it was about demonetisation, people were astonished, some said, Modi’s gone. But the courage & confidence that the population of 1.25 billion Indians showed, has successfully helped curb corruption.

We attempt to strengthen democracy through citizen participation. My dear countrymen Lal Bahadur Shastri coined the phrase ”Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”. Our farmer never looked back. Today there is a record crop production today in the midst of natural calamity. My dear countrymen, there is never was a tradition to procure lentils in the market. It was traded in bulk of 1000 tons. This time when my farmers produced lentils to feed the poor nutritious food the Government procured this in bulk to encourage these farmers. Pradhan Mantri Kisan Bhima Yojana is a shield for my farmer brothers. Three years back only three and a half crore farmers were covered under this scheme and enjoyed its benefits. Now within a short span of time one 1.25 crore farmers were covered under this and soon the number reached 5.45 crore. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana….If a farmer gets a chance he can procure gold from water and that is why I fulfilled several schemes since the last time I spoke from Red Fort. 50 new schemes will introduced soon. I vowed to introduce 99 schemes before 2019 I will introduce them and ensure water is supplied to every farm. Till we don’t provide facilities between seed-to-farm we can’t change the fate of our farmers and that is why we need infrastructure. We need change every year. Every year we face losses worth crores and that is why to change that we increased FDI so that the world helps us with food processing.

We gave a boost to infrastructure. We introduced Pradhan Mantri Sampradhan Yojana through which infrastructure that will boost hand holding. This will help in development of farmers. Demands, infrastructure and nature of jobs are changing. Human resources must be trained and Govt has introduced several schemes. We introduced a scheme so that the youth can procure loans without any guarantee. Our youth must be self-reliant. We must create employment not seek it and in the last 3 years several youngsters are self reliant because of this. A youngster can employ several others.

We took a very important step towards creating world class universities. We created 20 universities so that people can take decisions related to their future, government will not interfere, plus the government is willing to give 1000 crore. I am confident that our country will develop in the field of education. In the last three years, 6 IITs, 7 IIMs, 8 IIIT were created and education was linked to skills. My sisters and mothers seek employment in large numbers and that is why we changed labour laws to ensure they could work at night. They are important part of family as they are an important part of our future and that is why we changed maternity leaves from 12 weeks to 36 weeks. I would like to applaud those women who suffered due to triple talaq. They were forced to lead a life of suffering and these women started a revolution. They stunned the inteligensia. Media helped them. This changed the environment in the country. I applaud them and I am sure that India will help these women in their fight. India will completely support them. I am confident that they will succeed in this fight for female empowerment. In the name of religion and faith some people do things that can destroy the social fabric. Country can progress through peace and stability. The poison of casteism and groupism will never help a country progress. This is the land of Buddha and Gandhi. Development of all is the culture of this country. We must ensure this tradition moves forward successfully and that is why force cannot be encourage in the name of religion. We cant encourage violence and vandalism and government property is destroyed in violence. This property belongs to India. Who owns this cultural and spiritual wealth? This belongs to all Indians. That is why violence in the name of religion can never work. This country will never accept it. I urge all Indians. First the slogan was ‘Quit India’ now it is ‘Unite India’. We must take along every person every element. We must ensure India moves along too. We need a strong infrastructure, stable development for a developed India.

 

Dear Countrymen, we took countless decisions in the last three years. Some of them have been noticed and some went unnoticed.
But one thing is important. When you strive for such a big change, obstacles come and the speed slows down. But look at the way our government is functioning . When a train passes by a railway station or changes its track, it has to lower its speed from 60 to 30. In other words, even a train’s speed slows down on changing the track. We are trying to take the entire country to a new track, but we have not let the speed slow down. We have maintained the pace. Whether we have brought in GST or any other system and scheme, we have been successful and we will continue to be so. We have strengthened the infrastructure. Large amount of funds are being dedicated to infrastructural development. Be it the modernization of railway stations or constructing airports in smaller cities or making arrangements for waterways and roadways or building gas grids and spreading optical fibre networks, we are giving strength to all kinds of modern infrastructure. My dear countrymen, in the 21st century, North eastern India is the most potent region to take our country forward. It holds so much of potential, so much of capable human resource, tremendous natural resource, hardworking people who have the ability to change. their lives by their will and resolve. Our entire focus is on Eastern UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, the north-eastern states and Orissa. These are extremely capable states which have tremendous natural resources. We are working towards tapping it fully so that it provides newer heights to our country. Dear Countrymen, corruption free India is a very significant task, we are trying to strengthen this endeavour. After forming the government, constituting the SIT was our first task. Today, after three years, I want to tell my countrymen with pride that we have succeeded in the surrender of more than 1.25 lakh crore of black money. After that, we took the decision of demonetization.

Through demonetization, we have achieved a lot of success. All the hidden black money had to become a part of the mainstream. You may have noticed that we used to extend the deadline by a week or a fortnight and we used to make arrangement for exchanging old currency notes at petrol pumps, railway stations and pharmacies. We wanted all the money coming into the banks to formally become a part of our economy and we were successful in this task. And as per a recent research, almost 3 lakh crore rupees, and this is not government’s research, it has been done by an outside agency, after demonetization, 3 lakh crore rupees that could never come back to the banking system in the past, have returned. In the money deposited in the banks,an amount of more than 1.45 lakh rupees is under suspicion. More than 2 lakh crores of black money has returned to the banking system and those possessing it have been compelled to be answerable to the system. Between April to August, those filing IT returns has increased to 56 lakh, but last year this number was a mere 22 lakhs. It was more than double and this was as a result of our fight against corruption. More than 18 lakh people have been identified for having disappropriate assests and that is why they have to answer it. 4.5 lakh have accepted their fault and there are others who never filed income tax in their life. But now they have no option. Even if a few companies shut down in our country then there is a massive debate around it. But you will be surprised to know shell companies were created and after demonetization when data mining was done, 3 lakh companies were discovered that indulged in hawala transactions. Can anyone imagine that? Majority of these registerations have been cancelled. Even if 5 companies shut down there is a lot of talk, but we shut close to two lakh companies and those who looted must answer that.

My Dear Countrymen, the times have changed. We have the largest population of youth in our country. The world knows us for our IT & Digital sectors. Will we still continue to live with the same mindset? There was a time when leather coins existed. Slowly they got obsolete & no one cared. Today we have paper notes, with time that’ll get converted to digital currency. If we introspect and take responsibility of shifting towards digital transactions. Make it a point to use BHIM App for our transactions and use more pre paid options. I’m glad to announce, these digital modes are increasingly being used. In comparison to last year, there has been a 46% increase in pre paid transactions. We are slowly moving to a less cash economy. My dear Countrymen, there are certain programs implement by the Govt which help a regular man save money. If you use an LED bulb, you can save anywhere from 2000-5000 Rs. If you succeed with the ‘Swachch Bharat Campaign’, then a poor man’s expenses can go down by 7000 Rs which he spends on medicines. With a controlled inflation, expenses have curtailed that has indirectly helped you save money. Public Medical center has proved to be a boon for the poor for getting cheaper medicines. We brought down the costs with operation & stents. Our eventual aim is to move towards knee surgeries and provide cheaper medical facilities for the poor. Earlier, dialysis was held only in the main centres. We have made an attempt to bring it the local centres as well. We’ve taken it to about 350-400 centres and almost made dialysis free for the poor man. Today the country can be proud, that we have brought out our capabilities in front of the world. We’ve /had the successful implementation of navigation through GPS. With 60 satellites, we’ve successfully had a tie up with many countries to help. BHIM App has astonished the world. Rupay Card, quantity wise runs in crores. If it becomes operational, it will not just prove beneficial for the poor but also turn out to be a huge achievement.My only request to all of you is to move forward with the vision of ‘New India’. Like it is said, if you don’t do something at the right time, the desired result can never be achieved. Which is why team India with a population of 1.25 billion has to pledge to make a New india by 2022. We’ll do this for ourselves and our country. Nobody will do it /for us.We’ll do more than before and we’ll do better than before. We’ll move forward to a achieve a revolutionized future. Lets together make a country where the poor have their own pucca homes, electricity & water. Farmers earn twice the money and can have a sound sleep. We’ll create an India with ample opportunities for women & children. We’ll together make a country which will be free from terrorism & casteism. We will work towards a country that’ll be free of corruption. A clean & healthy country that’ll fulfill the dream of self governance. My dear countrymen, let’s move forward together in the run to development. After 70 years of independence & before India/turns 75, we have 5 precious years to create a revolutionized future for the country.I once again thank all patriots. I thank the new faith of a population of 1.25 billion Indians. I invite Team India to move forward with a new resolution. Once again, all the best. Bharat Mata ki Jai. Vande Mataram. Jai Hind!

 

 

 

WHY WE NEED TO LOOK AHEAD OF GDP?

BUSINESS

WHY WE NEED TO LOOK AHEAD OF GDP?

“What we measure informs what we do. And if we’re measuring the wrong thing, we’re going to do the wrong thing.”

Joseph Stiglitz

Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2001)

In an election rally in UP, PM Narendra Modi recently took a jibe at the economists criticizing demonetization. He quoted the new GDP growth data released by Central statistical Organisation, which puts the growth rate at 7 per cent in the third quarter of the financial year 2016-17.  For decades now, GDP and its growth thereof, has been regularly cited in discussions related to the economic progress. China for one has remained obsessed with the growth so much so that as to set specific targets for GDP growth in its annual and five year plans.

A Toothpick to Leverage a Sledgehammer

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Article by: Wg Cdr Ravindran Achuthan (Retd.)
Very often in life, it pays not to act on a problem. The inaction provides an intended catalyst for a changed yet favorable scenario in future. In case of state craft, this tactic can offer changed dimensions merely due to flow of time and there strategic advantages.
In the case of Sino-Indian relationship, the issue of Masood Azhar can hardly be called strategic.

Even the much hyped attempt for entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), if nuclear experts and strategic experts are to be believed, does not offer India any strategic advantage. This is because the Indo-US nuclear deal and the subsequent deals signed with other countries have already given India most of the strategic advantage that it has sought. This, in other words, reduces the issue to mere symbolism or at best, something to dish out to the domestic audience.

Things you must know about Agra-Lucknow Expressway

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1) The Agra-Lucknow Expressway has a design speed of up to 120 kms per hour.

2) The six-lane expressway is expandable to 8-lanes.

3) The expressway includes 4 rail over bridges, 13 major bridges, 57 minor bridges, 74 vehicular underpasses, 148 pedestrian underpasses and 9 flyovers.

4) The Agra-Lucknow Expressway has been built in a record time of 23 months by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA).

5) The Agra-Lucknow Expressway will have development centres, agricultural mandis, schools,  service centres and other public amenities.

 

Timeline of the demonetisation saga on November 18

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18:02 (IST)

This is a required surgery which is being done in the country, for a better India: Venkaiah Naidu

Aam Aadmi Party naraz ho sakti hai, par aam aadmi naraz nahi hai: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu #demonetization pic.twitter.com/fdhmUKCH7n

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

This is a required surgery which is being done in the country, for a better India: Venkaiah Naidu #demonetization

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

17:59 (IST)

The common man of India is very happy with this move: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu

 “This mandate is to curb corruption. This decision is for the benefit of the people in the long run. Common man is very happy with the move,” Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said.

 Comparing the inconvenience of the public to the labour pains of a pregnant woman, Naidu said, “This is very temporary. Temporary pain for long-term gain – this is how the common man is dealing with this issue.”

 17:48 (IST)

Only 13% of all ATMs re-calibrated till today: CNBC-TV18

17:28 (IST)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to visit banks at Connaught Place to take stock of situation: Times Now

17:08 (IST)

Exchange of old notes likely to be curbed or stopped: News18 quoting sources

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

16:55 (IST)

Step taken by PM Modi is highly appreciable, but demonetisation is implemented without doing any homework: BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha

Step taken by PM Modi is highly appreciable, but #demonetization is implemented without doing any homework: BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha pic.twitter.com/Dr50CoTTr6

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

16:36 (IST)

PM Modi should apologise to the families of the people who died while standing in long queues: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala

PM Modi should apologize to the families of the people who died while standing in long queues, says Randeep Surjewala on #CashCrisis pic.twitter.com/blRTgVXlba

 

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

16:15 (IST)

Delhi: Long queue at mobile ATM installed outside Air Force Headquarter pic.twitter.com/R0fBYjZC3Y

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

16:04 (IST)

PM Modi said MPs should use weekend to sensitise their constituents about demonetisation: BJP sources tell CNN-News18

PM in his meeting with ministers said MPs should use weekend to sensitize their constituents about demonetization: BJP Sources@maryashakil

 

The Delhi Chief Minister and his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee had on Thursday demanded that demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes be rolled back within the next three days.

I am v sad that FM has plainly refused to even review and consider rollback. Modi govt has lost connect wid people n has bcome v insensitive

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 18, 2016

15:48 (IST)

There could be riots: Supreme Court

 

Coming down heavily on the Narendra Modi government for not taking the issue seriously, the Supreme Court on Friday questioned the move to reduce the exchange limit of old notes from Rs 4,500 to Rs 2,000. The apex court added that the situation was serious and there are possibilities of riots breaking out. 

 

“It is a serious issue which requires consideration,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice A R Dave said, while asking the parties to be ready with data and other issues in writing. The apex court also refused Centre’s request to put on hold petitions pending in various high courts challenging the decision to demonetise.

 

 

“Some measures are required. See the kind of problems people are facing. People have to go to the high court. If we shut them from going to the high court, how can we know the magnitude of the problem. People going to different courts indicates the magnitude of the problem,” the bench said.

 

SC made the remarks as Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi submitted that any matter relating to challenge to the demonetisation issue be heard by the apex court only.

15:30 (IST)

Corruption cases involving new currency notes are already making news: Akhilesh

 

Talking to reporters in Lucknow on Friday after presiding over a Cabinet meeting, Akhilesh Yadav said, “The meeting was of the opinion that farmers should get relaxation in use of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes…cooperative banks to which farmers are directly linked should get relaxation as money is not promptly reaching bank branches.”

 

On the Centre’s stand that demonetisation will check corruption, Akhilesh said cases of graft involving new currency notes are already making news in some parts of the country.

 

“We have also come to know that corruption through new notes has already started. Such reports are surfacing in newspapers and especially on the social media,” he said, claiming the goal of unearthing black money and weeding out fake currency notes will not be achieved.

15:29 (IST)

Demonetisation an ill-planned move: Akhilesh Yadav

 

Criticising the Centre for “foisting crisis” on farmers, who have been at the receiving end of nature’s wrath for consecutive years, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said the “ill-planned” demonetisation could have an adverse impact on the economy.

 

He said the state’s farmers, who hoped that this time round they will make up for the losses of past years, have been forced to face not a natural calamity but a “government-made crisis”.

 

“This has been forced by the government knowingly,” he said, adding, “They (BJP) have the most knowledgeable persons and if such intelligent people force hardships on people what more can be said,” he wondered.

15:24 (IST)

Queues are getting shorter: AG Rohatgi to Supreme Court

 

The Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi in his response, said there is no dispute, but the queues are getting shorter and even suggested that the Chief Justice of India can go out during lunch and himself look at the queue. “Kindly go in the lunch time,” the AG told the bench and took objection to senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for a private party, for allegedly exaggerating the situation.

 

“It’s a political attempt in the court. I have seen your (Sibal’s) press conference also. You are not appearing for a political party, but for an advocate. You are turning the apex court into a political platform,” Rohatgi said.

 

At the outset, the bench questioned the relief measures undertaken by the Centre by saying, “Last time you said there will be relief for people in the coming days but you have squeezed the exchange limit to Rs 2,000 only.”

 

“What is the difficulty? ” the bench asked Rohatgi. The AG explained the situation by stating that after printing, the currency has to be moved to thousands of centres across the country and ATMs have to be re-calibrated. “There is no shortage of funds,” he said.

 

15:20 (IST)

Long queues is a matter of serious concern: Supreme Court tells AG Rohatgi

 

The Supreme Court dubbed the long queues outside banks and post offices as “serious issue” and expressed its reservation on the Centre’s plea seeking a direction that no other court in the country should entertain petitions challenging the November 8 notification demonetising Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes.

 

“It is a serious issue which requires consideration,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice A R Dave said, while asking the parties to be ready with data and other issues in writing.

 

“Some measures are required. See the kind of problems people are facing. People have to go to the high court. If we shut them from going to the high court, how can we know the magnitude of the problem. People going to different courts indicates the magnitude of the problem,” the bench said.

 

It made the remarks as Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi submitted that any matter relating to challenge to the demonetisation issue be heard by the apex court only. However, the bench said, “People are affected. People are frantic. People have the right to approach the courts,” noting that there are difficulties and “can you (the Centre) dispute”.

15:17 (IST)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and cabinet ministers at the day-long protest against demonetisation

Keralacm@pinarayi vijayan and cabinet minister’s day long protest# demonitization # co-operative sector @CNNnews18 pic.twitter.com/icakOMGvGk

— Neethu Reghukumar (@Neethureghu) November 18, 2016

15:09 (IST)

Queues are getting longer shorter day by day: Chanda Kochar, ICIC MD and CEO

The queues are not getting longer but are getting shorter day by day: Chanda Kochar,ICIC MD and CEO #demonetization pic.twitter.com/ozuc7E0x6y

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

There is a huge movement towards e transactions, card usage has almost doubled: Chanda Kochar,ICICI MD and CEO #demonetization

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

Queues getting shorter,not longer. Reduction in queues for exchange as ppl are using their accounts for transactions-Chanda Kochhar,ICICI MD pic.twitter.com/owczXMRxoK

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

14:47 (IST)

Was Narendra Modi forced to abort RBI plan to calibrate ATMs?

 

An entire population of 1.25 billion is living in misery, craving something they already have: A strange contradiction of shortage in abundance. The only question that everyone is asking is: Did Prime Minister Narendra Modi send a country into war against black money without planning?

 

And the answer is yes and no.

 

The Opposition parties are not wrong — this could have been planned better and the government is not giving us all the facts. The truth is the government did have a plan. Not for recalibration — for which it has come under severe attack — but for the preemptive calibration of ATMs. If this plan had run its course, it could have considerably smoothened the currency exchange at ATMs. But the plan ground to a halt even before it took off. But more on that later.

 

Read the full article here.

14:40 (IST)

Small deposits in banks won’t be questioned by I-T: Finance ministry

 

Announcing that small deposits made in banks of artisans, workers, housewives will not be questioned by Income Tax Department, the finance ministry said that there are reports that a few people were “using other’s accounts to convert their black money into new denomination notes.”

 

“Such tax evasion activities can be made subject to income tax and penalty,” ANI reported. The ministry added that thos who allow their accounts to be misused will be prosecuted.”However, genuine people having their own household savings in cash and depositing the same will not be questioned,” the ministry was quoted as saying by ANI.

It was announced that small deposits made in banks of artisans,workers,housewives etc would not be questioned by IT dept: Finance Ministry

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

There are reports that some ppl are using other person’s accounts to convert their black money into new denomination notes:Finance Ministry

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

Such tax evasion activities can be made subject to income tax&penalty,also who allows his account to be misused will be prosecuted:Fin Min

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

Such tax evasion activities can be made subject to income tax&penalty,also who allows his account to be misused will be prosecuted:Fin Min

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

14:24 (IST)

Blunders lead to more blunders: Mamata Banerjee

 

In a series of tweets on Friday, Mamata Banerjee said that there are ways that the government can restore normalcy and help people.

 

“Government should allow old Rs 500 notes to remain in circulation along with the new notes. Also, Rs 100/50/10 notes must be made easily available. Rs 1,000 notes may be withdrawn when circulation improves by 30 December, or at your discretion. No need for anymore faltu, action-less announcements. Sometimes blunders lead to more more blunders,” says the West Bengal Chief Minister.

We are looking for a solution. I have some concrete suggestions which will help restore normalcy & help all people who are suffering 1/4

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 18, 2016

Govt should allow old Rs 500 notes to remain in circulation along with new notes. Also,Rs 100/50/10 notes must be made easily available 2/4

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 18, 2016

Rs1000 notes may be withdrawn when circulation improves by December 30. Or at your discretion 3/4

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 18, 2016

Rs1000 notes may be withdrawn when circulation improves by December 30. Or at your discretion 3/4

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 18, 2016

13:50 (IST)

Rs 2,000 note is not a good decision, it will increase the black money: Anna

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

13:42 (IST)

Supreme Court to Centre: Find ways to resolve crisis

 

The apex court on Friday refused to stay note ban cases in higher courts. The central government requested the Supreme Court to reject pleas against demonetisation in other courts, and also requested that only Supreme Court should hear those cases.

 

Supreme Court rejected Centre’s plea and said that it is a serious issue and people are inconvenienced.

#BREAKING | SC on Note ban: It’s a serious issue, People are inconvenienced. @ashokbagariya with more on the story. pic.twitter.com/6xgtysUCD8

 

— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 18, 2016

13:19 (IST)

SC expresses reservation on Centre’s plea for direction that no court except apex court hears pleas on demonetisation notification

#SC expresses reservation on Centre’s plea for direction that no court except apex court hears pleas on #demonetisation notification.

— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 18, 2016

13:17 (IST)

Maharashtra stamp duty collection drops 37%

 

Stamp duty collection in Maharashtra has dropped by 37 percent after the Centre demonetised high-value notes, a senior official said today.

 

The Union government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was announced 10 days back and stamp duty collection is already down by 37 per cent across the state, Inspector General of Registration (IGR) and Controller of Stamps N Ramaswamy told PTI.

 

The state government’s average daily earning through property registration charges and stamp duty has come down to Rs 42 crore from Rs 65 crore earlier, he said.

 

“Though most of the transactions such as calculation of ready reckoner, its stamp duty and payment are done digitally as well as through demand drafts, still the collection has gone down.

 

“The IGR offices across the state generally handle 7,300 documents daily, which has now plunged to 4,000 documents,” he said.

 

The IGR office registers all types of property deals, including sale and purchase of land, properties, rent and lease agreements. It is the second largest revenue generating department of the state government, after excise.

13:15 (IST)

Govt making efforts but there is anger among people and party is with the people: Anant Geete, Shiv Sena MP

Govt making efforts but there is anger among people and party is with the ppl: Anant Geete,Shiv Sena MP and Union Minister #DeMonetisation pic.twitter.com/tfHQY9nqig

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

13:06 (IST)

Centre has not applied its mind properly: Kolkata HC raps Centre

#DeMonetisation: Kolkata HC says Centre has not applied its mind properly, everyday they are changing procedures,means there was no homework

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

12:59 (IST)

Opposition is not ready to accept the popularity of PM Modi and the wonderful demonetisation move: M Venkaiah Naidu tells CNN-News18

#EXCLUSIVE Opposition are not ready to accept the popularity of PM & the wonderful #Demonetisation move: @MVenkaiahNaidu to @maryashakil pic.twitter.com/sGqdY89BVG

 

12:31 (IST)

Congress issue ko divert karne ka prayaas kar rahe hain , aur mujhe lagta hai ki vo charcha se bhaag rahe hain: Venkaiah Naidu

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

PM jab bhi zaroorat padti hai intervene karte rahe hain, lekin is issue ko lekar disrupt karna theek nahi hai:Venkaiah Naidu

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

12:30 (IST)

Govt ready for discussion: Venkaiah Naidu

We have said we are ready for discussion, don’t know why opposition is creating uproar in the house: Venkaiah Naidu #DeMonetisation

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

12:29 (IST)

Jumping into well or committing suicide is also radical: Former Union Minister Arun Shourie

 

Former Union Minister Arun Shourie on mocked the claim of demonetisation of high-value currencies being a radical measure, stating that jumping into well or committing suicide is also radical.

 

Everybody will say it is a wonderful move going by its stated objective which is to strike at black money but it was not a “thought-through” exercise, said the former BJP leader who has often flayed the Modi government’s policies.

 

“This is a strike not on black money but on legal tender of India, its currency. This is a strike on cash transactions,” he told NDTV in an interview.

 

Shourie said the demonetisation move showed lack of domain expertise on part of the government.

 

He said to kill a mosquito, an axe should not be wielded.

 

He claimed that the move has been carried out in the “cycle of surgical strikes” and it may lead to smaller parties joining hands to take on the BJP in the future.

 

The senior journalist said the government has been “carried away” by the big idea to combat black money.

12:16 (IST)

The farmers have been worst hit: Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav

 

 

Addressing the media, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said that the farmers are worst hit. This is not a natural disaster but one created by the Central government.

 

 

 

Farmers are in crisis, this is not a natural disaster but one created by the Central Govt: CM Akhilesh Yadav #DeMonetisation pic.twitter.com/lMhrcHDqkk

— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 18, 2016

Jab ATM Machines naye note sweekar nahi kar rahi hain toh insaan kahan se kar lega: CM Akhilesh Yadav #DeMonetisation

— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 18, 2016

12:09 (IST)

All MPs from Kerala meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking PACs’ exemption from cash withdrawal limit

#DeMonetisation : All MPs from Kerala meet Finance minister Arun Jaitley seeking PACs’ exemption from cash withdrawal limit. pic.twitter.com/zwqPzB4IFg

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

11:51 (IST)

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and his Cabinet colleagues stage a protest in front of RBI over demonetisation

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and his Cabinet colleagues stage a protest in front of RBI over #DeMonetisation. pic.twitter.com/GQhmVGE2Wn

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

11:49 (IST)

TMC workers protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament premises over demonetisation move

Delhi: TMC protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament premises over Govt’s demonetisation move pic.twitter.com/KyTkB5QNXA

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

11:41 (IST)

Election Commission against indelible ink use by banks, puts govt in a spot

 

 

The Election Commission (EC) has written to the finance ministry not to use indelible ink in banks for marking people who have exchanged the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes once, according to a report by news agency ANI.

 

 

In the letter, the EC has raised concerns that several states will be going to the polls in the near future and this is one of the major points to mark citizens who have already voted, the report said.

 

 

The EC seems to be worried that the use of the ink by banks will create confusion during the elections and will render is easy for unscrupulous elements to cash in on this to indulge in malpractices during the elections.

11:35 (IST)

School kids in Madhya Pradesh trick milk vendor with photocopied note of Rs 2,000

 

 

In Madhya Pradesh, four school children on Thursday tricked a milk parlour operator in Shajapur by purchasing products with a photocopied new note of Rs 2,000, reported The Times of India.

 

 

The report states that the children bought milk and confectioneries worth Rs 200 and walked away with the change of Rs 1,800 returned by the vendor.

11:19 (IST)

CM P Vijayan, ministers protest outside RBI office in Thiruvananthapuram, seek steps to protect Cooperative sector

CM P Vijayan,ministers protest outside #RBI office in Thiruvananthapuram,seek steps to protect Cooperative sector after demonetisation.

— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 18, 2016

11:17 (IST)

Why Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu is the only non-BJP CM to hail move

 

 

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo Chandrababu Naidu, an important ally for the BJP in the south, is known for his penchant to look for ways to maximise his political clout, says Firstpost writer GS Radhakrishna.

 

 

Following PM Modi’s demonetisation announcement, Naidu has been on a gloat mission — he had written to Modi barely a week earlier demanding a ban on these denominations in an effort to curb black money.

 

 

As the Opposition gears up for a strident battle over the issue, Naidu too is gearing up — not to fight, but to defend the idea. Naidu has geared his administration to face the challenge posed by the cash crunch, particularly in Andhra, a state that serves as a junction to three states with the Bay of Bengal on one side.

11:08 (IST)

ATMs in Parliament House too running dry

 

The ripple effects of demonetisation have not spared the high-security Parliament House complex too. On Thursday, the second day of the Winter Session, ATMs went dry at Parliament House, causing intense disappointment among those lined up in the queue.

 

 

Hoping to get hold of much-needed cash, many people, mostly Parliament staff, security officials and some journalists, queued up at the two ATMs in Parliament House in the afternoon. But their wait turned futile as the cash vending machines were not refilled during the day.

 

 

Hoping the ATMs would be replenished in the evening, people again queued up but yet again they were left dejected.

 

 

“The RBI and the office of the Prime Minister are situated just a few yards from here, but even then they couldn’t provide cash. Imagine the situation in ATMs outside Parliament,” said a man frustrated over his wait going in vain.

 

Later at the Central Hall, a union minister talking to reporters, quipped “Only when the government has money will it fill the ATMs.”

11:04 (IST)

Rs 91.5 lakh cash seized allegedly from state cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh’s vehicle

 

Opposition Congress and NCP on Friday demanded the sacking of Maharashtra Cooperative Minister Subhash Deshmukh amid reports of seizure of Rs 91 lakh and sought an enquiry by Income Tax department into bank transactions of state BJP leaders to “unearth black money”.

 

 

“(Recovery of cash) proves that BJP leaders are in the possession of black money. Since the government has launched a campaign against black money and corruption, properties of the BJP leaders should be searched to unearth black money.

Osmanabad (Maha): Rs 91.5 lakh in cash seized from a vehicle that allegedly belongs to Subhash Deshmukh; Opposition demands his resignation. pic.twitter.com/JnZlbcSHt3

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

10:24 (IST)

EC raised the concern as several states will be going to polls and this is one of major points to mark citizens who have already voted

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

10:22 (IST)

#FLASH: Election Commission writes to Finance ministry not to use indelible ink in banks. #demonetization

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

10:19 (IST)

#Demonetisation: People queue up outside bank for currency exchange and withdrawal in Hyderabad. pic.twitter.com/FaNyqct8RL

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

08:51 (IST)

Mumbai: People gather in the night outside Bank Of India, Zaveri Bazar to exchange/withdraw old notes waiting for it to open in the morning. pic.twitter.com/m6r0SAYzHD

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

Delhi: People stand in a queue outside ATM in RK Puram sector 8 pic.twitter.com/HHNBa2bqjP

— ANI (@ANI_news) November 18, 2016

08:37 (IST)

2,500 petrol pumps to dispense cash

 

In a bid to ease cash crunch, the government on Thursday allowed dispensing cash of up to Rs 2,000 through debit card swipe at select petrol pumps.

The facility will be available at 2,500 petrol pumps.

“It has been decided that an amount up to Rs 2000 per day per person in cash can be dispensed against swiping of debit card from select petrol pumps where POS machines of SBI are already available,” an official said.

#DeMonetisation

Cash Dispensation to be started from select PetrolPumps of IOCL/BPCL/HPCL@dpradhanbjp @AshutoshJindalS pic.twitter.com/N36Ow8PGVH

Mamata Banarjee and Arvind Kejriwal take on NDA

National News

In a massive show of strength, chief ministers of Delhi and West Bengal took on prime minister Narendra Modi over his move to demonetise 500 and 1000 rupees. Here is an excerpt of their speech.

Aage toh chhodo, desh ko peecha kar diya. Earlier it was Rs 4500, now they have reduce the withdrawal limit to Rs 2000.They want to sell this country.They are trying to break the constitution. We cannot allow that. If you have courage, send us to jail or shoot us. But we will continue fighting. We will not allow the poor to go hungry. We will continue to fight for this country.

MAMATA BANARJEE

 

I had raised the name of Robert Vadra at a time when people were scared to take his name.I will be at the forefront of every fight against black money. By withdrawing Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and introducing higher Rs 2000 notes, how are you removing black money.PM Modi helped Vijay Mallya escape the country. Mallya is now sitting and enjoying in London. Common people are standing in queues. People’s marriages are being broken and there are others killing themselves. Who is responsible for their deaths

ARVIND KEJRIWAL

VISITING BANKS FOR CASH? GET READY TO BE INKED!

National News

Even as the crowds at ATMs and banks grew longer, the government has come up with a unique solution to combat the cash crunch that has severely affected the country. Speaking at a press conference Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das announced that indelible ink would be used at banks to stop multiple withdrawals. He also announced the creation of a Special Task Force to monitor fake currency that was being circulated in the market.

‘To solve this problem we have decided to use indelible ink marks,similar to elections,on cash counters.’

SHAKTIKANTA DAS, SECRETARY, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

 

Places of worship, who receive smaller denomination notes, have been requested to deposit money in banks so that supply of these notes increased.

Opposition takes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

National News

The political war of words over the issue of demonetisation hit the  crescendo after opposition put on a united front against the ruling NDA.

BSP, Congress and the AAP held three separate press conferences and this is what they had to say.

“After demonetisation, the poor are enjoying a sound sleep while rich are running from pillar to post to buy sleeping pills” -Arvind Kejriwal, AAP

“Whatever may be the differences, political parties should not shy away from voicing the concern of the people so as to address the grievances” – Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress

“In order to divert people’s attention from his failures, Modi levels baseless allegations against his poltical opponents which is condemnable…allegations on policy matters are different but personal ones should not be made…he cannot tolerate that a dalit ki beti is presented garland of notes” -Mayawati,BSP