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Will the new Rs 2000 notes really have Micro-Nano GPS chip to Track them Buried deep into the Earth?

Apart from the colour, there are a few interesting elements that are added to the new notes. It will have a picture of Mangalyaan, Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan, and denominational numeral २००० in Devnagari

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November 9, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked the nation as he unveiled one of the boldest steps against ‘black money’ by announcing on Tuesday that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would no longer be legal tender. He also added that it will be replaced by new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes.

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But, this announcement was followed by a trail of rumours on WhatsApp that said the new notes would come with micro-nano GPS chip or NGC , which will allegedly help to track individual notes with the help of the satellite.

https://twitter.com/Nisha__Hindu/status/796035464876658688

Mainstream media, like this Zee News post, claimed, “the chip has been fitted in such a way that it can detect Rs 2000 notes even from 120 meters below the ground.”

That would have been really impressive, if it would have been true. But, it isn’t.
On Wednesday, the RBI dismissed all such rumours entirely saying that such a technology does even exist anywhere in the world.

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On Wednesday afternoon, RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala told News18, “such a technology does not exist at the moment in the world, then how can we introduce such a feature?”

https://twitter.com/RBI/status/796031080755138563

What’s new about the new notes and can they be tracked with the help of the satellites?

Apart from the colour, there are a few interesting elements that are added to the new notes. It will have a picture of Mangalyaan, Swachh Bharat logo with the slogan, and denominational numeral २००० in Devnagari.

Details about the currency does not say anything about NGC or any tracking features, which again presumably the RBI would not want people to know, even if they have had implemented such technology.

Rumours may also suggest that government may not want the citizens to know about the technology.

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Then again, even though the technology seems to be possible, how affordable it is to actually put it on the notes remain debatable.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram with inputs from various agencies. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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    I am so excited to see the new Rs 2000 notes

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)