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Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile have helped bring transparency: PM Modi
Three factors - financial inclusion through Jan Dhan Bank accounts, second Aadhar platform and third the Mobile phone - have greatly helped reduce corruption and bring transparency in the country, Prime Minister Modi said, after inaugurating the 5th Global Conference on 'Cyber Space' here. The prime minister said the cyber-space had transformed the world over the last few decades and it was followed by the advent of the social media. Prime Minister Modi also praised the Indian IT, which is being recognised worldwide.
Mumbai Police issue E-challan to Varun Dhawan, actor apologises
Mumbai (Maharashtra) , November 23 (ANI): The Mumbai Police on Thursday issued an E-challan to actor Varun Dhawan for violating traffic rules. The police posted the same picture on their Twitter handle and warned Varun to take a severe action if the incident was repeated. An E-Challan is on d way 2 ur home. Next time, V will B harsher, the Mumbai Police tweeted.
Indian man robs compatriot jeweller in Singapore, gets 4 years in jail
A 53-year-old Indian in Singapore has been jailed for over three years for robbing a compatriot jeweller of cash and valuables to the tune of USD 31,910, media reports said. Srinath along with his two accomplices repeatedly hit Sreenivas with a wooden pole and robbed him of cash and valuables worth about 43,000 Singapore dollars, The Straits Times reported. The robbery's mastermind Venkatachalapathy, 48, was sentenced to four years and three months' jail and 12 strokes of the cane on November 2.
Why Karni Sena is protesting against Padmavati when none of its members have seen the film
He has also denied allegations of love scenes between Padmini (Padmavati) and ruler Alauddin Khilji, played by Deepika and Ranveer respectively, in the film. After continues threats and protests, Shri Rajput Karni Sena now wants a complete ban on Padmavati. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has recently sent back the film to the makers citing technical deficiencies.
Delhi HC dismisses JD (U) petition challenging EC order on party symbol
The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed Janata Dal (United) legislator Chhotubhai Vasava's petition challenging the Election Commission order of allocating party symbol 'arrow' to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led faction. Chottubhai Vasava is the acting president of Sharad Yadav's faction of the JD (U). The Election Commission had on November 17 ruled that the group led by Nitish Kumar is the real Janata Dal (United) and is entitled to use the 'Arrow' poll symbol of the party.
Uttar Pradesh: 3 Muslim clerics beaten up in train
Baghpat (UP), November 23: Unidentified persons beat up three Muslim clerics were in a moving train here leaving them injured, police said on Thursday. The 'maulvis', who boarded a passenger train at Delhi last night, were on their way to their village in Baghpat when they had a tiff with some youth who allegedly beat them up, SP Baghpat Jaiprakash Singh said.
Beed Cop Can Now Go For Sex Change Operation Thanks To CM Devendra Fadnavis' Intervention
Lalita Salve is currently posted at the Majalgaon city police station in Beed district. Beed police constable Lalita Salve can now undergo a sex reassignment surgery. Fadnavis told mid-day that he decided to make an exception because it was among the rarest of rare cases. The DGP brought this to my notice, but I told him to accept Salve's request and allow her the leave she needs to undergo the surgery. She will be retained as a male employee after the operation, he added.
Court Grants Pune Couple Divorce Via Skype
A couple from Pune was granted divorce via Skype on Monday as the husband was working in the US and unable to fly down to India. The techie, meanwhile, was completely cured of TB in a year, and requested the woman to come back to him but she refused. As the husband was unable to come to court for the hearings, an arrangement was made to have the court proceedings via Skype.
Better Subsidy Targeting Via Technology Saved USD 10 Billion: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said direct transfer of government benefits using technology, bank accounts and biometric identifier Aadhaar has helped save USD 10 billion in subsidies. Addressing the Global Conference on Cyber Space, he said technology breaks barriers and has led to efficient service delivery, governance and improved access to education and health. Use of JAM trinity of Jan Dhan accounts, mobile numbers and Aadhaar has helped save USD 10 billion in subsidies by plugging leakages, the Prime Minister added.
"Travelled By Auto Last Week," Says Minister Alphons In Row On VVIPs
Take away all my privileges, I have no problem with that, but there is a protocol for the Prime Minister and President of India whose security cannot be compromised. I was not able to touch him, I could not get there in time, she said last night. Mr Alphons, filmed patiently hearing Dr Singh and trying to placate her, said that personally, he eschews any special treatment. On a recent trip to Kochi, he said, I travelled in auto rickshaw for two days unknown.
Cricket: Cummins grabs breakthrough after England dominate
Cummins' breakthrough eased a session of frustration for the hosts as Ashes debutants Stoneman and Vince dug in with a 125-run partnership on an unresponsive Gabba pitch to give England the upper hand by the break. Vince, who averaged 19.27 from his seven tests leading in, struck his maiden half-century and was 72 not out, with England captain Joe Root on one after surviving the final four balls.
Myanmar, Bangladesh to ink Rohingya return deal amid concern over army's role
Myanmar expects to sign an accord on Thursday over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, a government official said, amid concern that Myanmar's powerful generals could prove obstructive. Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to meet Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Thursday ahead of the signing. His use of the term Bengali for the Rohingya implies they from Bangladesh, and Buddhists in Rakhine are largely opposed to their presence.
Interview: SBI Life bets on metals, oil and gas sectors for investment growth
SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd has increased investments in the metals, oil and gas sectors as a rise in energy and metals prices is set to drive growth in commodity stocks, the insurer's chief investment officer told Reuters. That is why we are overweight on these sectors on select portfolios, said Shenoy, who oversees the management of more than $16 billion of investments in debt and equity. This year the allocation has been more into commodities, oil and gas.
Jet to scrap first class in Boeing 777 planes to cut costs, increase seats
Jet Airways plans to do away with first-class seats in its Boeing 777 planes that are operated for long-haul flights as it works on cost-cutting measures, a senior airline official said. According to the official, Jet Airways is looking at doing away with first class seats in B777 planes in order to increase the number of seats in them as part of larger cost reduction efforts.
Boycott Israel campaign hails India's move to scrap $500 mn missile deal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel in July this year had given momentum to the deal. It is also a major setback for Israel's propaganda hubris that its technology is indispensable for India's development and modernisation. As many Indians are recognising, Israel is marketing military and agricultural technologies in India to entrench Indian dependence on Israel, said Juma. The Post article speculated that there could be other factors behind the cancellation, as India had yet to master anti-missile technology.
Modi cautions against digital space becoming playground for terrorism
Modi cautioned that digital space should not become a playground for dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation. Speaking at the inauguration of the Global Conference on Cyber Space, Modi called for training of capable professional cyber warriors who would remain alert against cyber-attacks. From education to health, he said, digital technology was improving access to domains and helping shape the future of business and economy. Modi said technology breaks barriers and typifies ancient Indian inclusive tradition of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', or 'the world is one family'.
'Threatened, tricked', TN man flown to Cairo for job, but returns without kidney
I am worried that if we live in the same house, my wife will find out that I no longer have two kidneys. I miss my children but I am better off without my wife knowing anything about it, he told TOI on Wednesday over phone. He maintained that he was threatened and tricked into giving his kidney after he went to Cairo in July with the promise of driving an Uber cab.

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