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Amid PM Modi’s Demonetization Move, Gods come to Rescue the Banks in Andhra Pradesh

Many temples are coming forward to the rescue of banks which have been struggling to meet the needs of the public

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Hundi in a Temple in India, Wikimedia

Andhra Pradesh, Nov 20, 2016: Several temples in Srikakulam district are depositing hundi collections in banks to help with the hardship of small currency in the wake of Demonetization. From Major to Minor, many temples are coming forward to the rescue of banks which have been struggling to meet the needs of the public.

Under the guidance of N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh- the administration of Srikakulam has suggested that all the temples should deposit their hundi collections in the banks where they have accounts, mentioned The Hindu report.

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Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple present at Arasavalli collects around Rs. 15 Lakh/month through the Hundi offerings. Other major temple named Sri Kurmam collects approximately Rs. 5 Lakhs, mentioned The Hindu.  About 100 temples such as Sri Mukha Lingam, Endla Mallikarjuna at Ravivlasa, Shiva Balaji, Koteswara Alayam, Vinayaka Panchayatana, Uma Rudra and others gave an assurance to deposit hundi collections as they receive offerings in smaller denominations of Rs. 100, Rs. 50, Rs.20, Rs. 10 and coins

Lakshmi Narasimhan, Collector at Srikukalam told The Hindu, “We directed the Endowment Department to take necessary steps immediately to count the hundi collection and deposit the amount in banks. It certainly eases the stress on the bankers who could not give notes of smaller denominations.” He further added, “We asked the government to provide Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 notes worth of Rs. 100 crore to Srikakulam district. We hope the RBI and departments concerned will respond positively.”

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A POS Machine, Wikimedia

Point of Sale (POS) Machines-

Along with this officials have taken steps to keep POS machines in public places such as petrol outlets, Rythu Bazaars, RTC bus-stands and several other places to provide cash to people. POS machines work like ATMs at the public places. User charges will not be collected till December 30, 2016, from the customers who withdraw money from POS machines.

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Rs 4,000 Crore Plan for Herbal Cultivation Includes Ganga River Banks, Informs Finance Minister

NMPB will identify 800 hectare of land near the river for the same

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government will provide level playing field for private companies in satellite launches and space-based services. Wikimedia Commons

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday informed that a corridor of medicinal plants would be created on the banks of the Ganga and for this National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) would identify 800 hectare of land near the river.

It forms an important part of a slew of initiatives announced by the minister towards development of agricultural infrastructure, capacity building, logistics and legislative reforms.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s decision to create a corridor of medicinal plants on the banks of the Ganga is part of the Rs 4,000 crore programme launched for the promotion of herbal cultivation. Wikimedia Commons

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The NMPB has supported 2.25 lakh hectare area under cultivation of medicinal plants. Now, 10,00,000 hectares will be covered under herbal cultivation in next two years with the outlay of Rs 4,000 crore.

The move is expected to lead to Rs 5,000 crore income generation for farmers. It will also develop a network of regional Mandis for medicinal plants. (IANS)

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Majority of Urban Indians Have Chosen Banks as Most Essential Service During Lockdown, Reveals Survey

The Home ministry's decision to cancel the permission to sell non-essential commodities on e-commerce platforms may add to the disappointment of many who consider the online sale of kitchen appliances

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At an overall level, people seem happy with the availability of essential items in the lockdown, with 76 percent respondents saying they are satisfied with the available essential services and don't want any more amenities. Pixabay

Nine in ten urban Indians (89 percent) picked banks as the most essential service during the lockdown from a list of businesses providing non-essential goods and services. Respondents who are 40+ were more likely to say this than those between 18-29 years of age (91 percent vs 86 percent), says a survey.

Following this, around three-quarters (74 percent) think of online home repair services to be crucial during this time. The onset of summer and the need for AC and fridge servicing could be the reason for placing greater importance on this need, notes a survey by YouGov.

Many people consider newspapers and magazines as well as pet stores to be of higher importance (61 percent each) in the current scenario than the availability of alcohol- through delivery or at shops (16 percent) and cigarettes (12 percent). However, among the different regions, East India is most likely to consider alcohol and cigarette shops as providing essential services, with 24 percent and 17 percent, respectively, saying this.

Residents of South India are most likely to give newspapers the highest consideration while residents of West India are least likely to do so (68 percent vs 49 percent). The demand for pet stores, however, is comparatively lower in South India. Similarly, the need for pet stores and services is more urgent for tier-1 residents (with 66 percent saying this) than tier-2 (57 percent) and tier- 3 (59 percent) residents.

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The Home ministry’s decision to cancel the permission to sell non-essential commodities on e-commerce platforms may add to the disappointment of many who consider the online sale of kitchen appliances (40 percent), gadgets (33 percent) and body care/ skincare products (35 percent) as essential.

There also seems to be scepticism towards some businesses that the government has allowed to trade during the pandemic. While 60 percent said they consider postal and courier services essential, people seem to be in a less dire need of local standalone salons and parlours, and only a meagre proportion counts salon services – either at home (15 percent) or at shops (13 percent), as eessential’.

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Nine in ten urban Indians (89 percent) picked banks as the most essential service during the lockdown from a list of businesses providing non-essential goods and services. Pixabay

Lastly, the government’s dilemma to revoke the restriction on the operation of gyms and fitness centres seems to match the divided public opinion on whether it is essential or not. Close to half (46 percent) think of them as key services, but almost as many (54 percent) feel they are unnecessary.

At an overall level, people seem happy with the availability of essential items in the lockdown, with 76 percent respondents saying they are satisfied with the available essential services and don’t want any more amenities. 17 percent, on the other hand, are dissatisfied with the services and want more amenities during the lockdown.

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As per a new order, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has allowed some shops providing non-essential goods and services to reopen. However, many businesses still remain closed. (IANS)

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Sanitization to Fight Coronavius Begins in UP

Massive sanitization drive begins in UP

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A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Representation Image). Pixabay

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.

Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.

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The sanitization will be done using sodium hypochlorite. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.

Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.

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Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed his concern over the incident and assured action against the guilty.

District magistrate Bareilly, Nitish Kumar said that the incident happened due to ‘over-zealous’ workers. (IANS)