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NEW DELHI, April 26, 2017: The supreme court sought Government’s reaction on the exchange of demonetised currency notes when Sangeeta Pandey, an overseas citizen of India, (OCI) card holder pleaded for justice. She has accused RBI allegedly for its unfair notification that says it was limited to NRIs only.

Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud have issued a notice to the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for negotiation of this matter. Sangeeta Pandey was turned down by the bank regarding the exchange of Rs 18,000. She has mentioned her arrival in Delhi from the United Kingdom on January 10 with Rs 18,000 worth of demonetised notes in a file through the advocate Pankaj Bala Verma, mentioned PTI reports.

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In her plea, she has mentioned her arrival in Delhi from the United Kingdom on January 10 with Rs 18,000 worth of demonetised notes.

On being advised a customs officer at IGI airport, she went to RBI to get the currency exchanged but there she got to know that this facility was limited to NRIs only and not been extended to OCI card holders.

“Petitioner went to RBI a few times and waited in a queue until one day a RBI official made an announcement that the facility to exchange the currency was limited to NRIs only and did not include Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders,” said the victim.

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“No satisfactory explanation was given except that the government had decided to take this decision,” she added.

The plea sought to quash RBI’s December 31, 2016 notification as per which facility of exchange was made available to NRIs, who were not in India till December 30, 2016- post November 8, 2016, demonetisation announcement.

As per the RBI direction, NRIs were allowed to exchange currency till June 30.

 – by Pawan Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: @pawan221b

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Trump Gets the Royal Treatment with State Visit to the United Kingdom

U.S. President Donald Trump is in Britain for a visit that includes meeting with the royal family

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L), U.S. President Donald Trump (L), First Lady Melania Trump (C), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2R) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, June 3, 2019. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump is in Britain for a visit that includes meeting with the royal family, a state dinner and talks with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

The day full of pomp and circumstance began with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth greeting Trump and his wife Melania after they arrived at Buckingham Palace by helicopter Monday. After a welcoming ceremony that included a 41-gun salute, the Trumps had a private lunch with the queen and a tour of the palace art gallery.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, left, pose for a photo with Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall prior to afternoon tea at Clarence House, in London, June 3, 2019. VOA

The rest of the day included inspecting the Guard of Honor formed by the Grenadier Guards, a tour of historic Westminster Abbey, and tea with Prince Charles at his London home, Clarence House.

But the highlight of the day was the white-tie-and-tiaras state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Besides the queen and her husband Prince Philip, other royals in attendance included Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

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Also at the dinner were Trump’s four adult children — Donald Trump Jr.; Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner; Eric Trump and his wife, Lara; and Tiffany Trump.

Trump said in this toast that the liberation of millions from tyranny in World War II “forever sealed” the bond between Britain and the United States.

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U.S President Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania and Britain’s Prince Andrew, second left, places a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior during a tour of Westminster Abbey in central London, June 3, 2019. VOA

In her toast, the queen said, “Tonight, we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come.”

Noticeably absent from the Trumps’ day was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the American-born wife of Prince Harry who is on maternity leave after giving birth to a son last month. She had been critical of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Before leaving Washington, Trump said his trip would be “very interesting” and that he thinks the United States and Britain have an opportunity to work out a “very big trade deal” in the near future.

Trump wades into Brexit debate

His visit comes as Britain is in the midst of political turmoil, as May is scheduled to resign on Friday after failing to complete Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth review items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, June 3, 2019. VOA

That process will be inherited by her successor, with no clear path to a resolution among sharply divided parties.

Trump has publicly backed former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, and told reporters late Sunday he may meet with Johnson and pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage while he is in London.

‘Stone, cold, loser’

What is certainly not on his agenda is a meeting with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who wrote in The Observer newspaper that welcoming Trump for a state visit is “un-British.” He cited Trump’s sharing of tweets from a “British far-right racist group,” the president’s rejection of scientific evidence of climate change, and Trump “trying to interfere shamelessly” in the race to replace May.

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When asked if he would be open to meeting with Khan, Trump said Sunday, “No, I don’t think much of him.”

Upon landing in London, Trump continued his attack on Khan, calling him a “stone cold loser” who “has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.”

Trump’s trip will also include D-Day commemoration ceremonies in both Britain and France, and a stop in Ireland. (VOA)