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BHIM crosses 17 million downloads

Chennai: Recently launched digital payments app, Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), has registered over 17 million downloads. “There has been over 17 million downloads of the BHIM app so far,” Niti Aayog, CEO, Amitabh Kant said. The government will launch two schemes within a month, ‘Referral Bonus Scheme’ for individuals and ‘Cashback Scheme’ for merchants, to promote BHIM app. “We have completed inter-ministerial discussion. Cashback schemes announced in the Budget

Industry lost 20% revenue due to Jio

Chennai: The inter ministerial panel Telecom Commission has asked the regulator TRAI to implement orders on promotional mobile tariffs in letter and spirit amid spat between incumbents and new entrant Reliance Jio. It also asked TRAI to review existing rules to ensure financial growth of the industry, an issue that incumbents Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have raised after the launch of Reliance Jio offering free voice and data. “The commission

'Trump admin should reconsider its position on H-1B'

Washington: The Trump administration should reconsider its position on H-1B visas, a senior Congress leader has said, warning that any move to curb these visas could become an ’emotional irritant’ in the Indo-US ties. According to reports, President Donald Trump is considering an executive order to clamp down on work visas and flow of skilled manpower, a move that may impact Indian IT companies. “The US government should reconsider its

All efforts on to track key accused: Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asserted every effort was being made to trace the key accused in the abduction and assault of a popular south Indian actress as Opposition parties stepped up their attack on the law-and-order issue. Four accused in the case have been arrested so far while key history sheeter ‘Pulsar’ Suni and his accomplice V P Vijeesh are still at large. The Chief Minister said police

W Ghats report will affect 123 villages: Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to request the Centre to leave out 886.7 sqkm ‘non-forest land’ from the area demarcated as ecologically fragile land for the preservation of the Western Ghats. “As per the Centre’s February 2014 notification, 9993.7 sq km area in 123 villages was declared EFL, of which 9,107 sq km was complete forest and the rest was non-forest land,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters during a cabinet briefing. He said

Actress abduction: Dileep slams media for targeting him

Kochi: Popular Malayalam actor Dileep slammed a section of media for ‘targeting’ him in connection with the alleged abduction and harassment of a noted South Indian actress by a gang of men last week. Dileep, who recently got married to Malayalam actress Kavya Madhavan, said he did not have any contact, directly or indirectly, with any of the accused involved in the ‘heinous crime’. “I appeal to the authorities to carry out a complete and honest investigation

Woman injured in black magic act succumbs

Kozhikode: A 27-year old woman who suffered burns in an alleged act of black magic by another woman died at a private hospital here, police said. Shemina, who was admitted to the hospital on Monday withsevere burns, died without responding to treatment, they said. Police have arrested Najima on the charge of injuring Shemina by practicing black magic. According to police, Shemina had approached Najima seeking remedy for some personal problems. Najima had prepared for

Kambala bill sent to President for assent

Bengaluru: A Bill passed recently by Karnataka Assembly to legalise traditional  buffalo race ‘Kambala’ and bullock cart races has been sent to the President for his assent, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said. “The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been approved by the Governor. We have now sent it to President of India,” Jayachandra told reporters here after a cabinet meeting. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,

Kerala CM’s visit will lead to political unrest: BJP

Mangaluru: BJP opposed the proposed visit of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to the city on 25 February to attend a ‘communal harmony rally’, saying it will lead to political unrest in Dakshina Kannada district. District BJP President Sanjeeva Mathandoor also announced the party’s support to a bandh called by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Hindu Jagrane Vedike and several other organisations on 25 February opposing Vijayan’s visit. He said the district had always witnessed political harmony and

No plans to introduce Rs 1,000 note: Centre

New Delhi: The government has no plans to introduce Rs 1,000 note and the focus is on increasing production of lower denomination currencies, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said today. He also said complaints of cash shortages at ATMs are being addressed and requested people to desist from withdrawing more money than they need. “No plans to introduce Rs 1,000 notes. Focus is on production and supply of Rs 500

SC asks Centre to frame guidelines for rehabilitation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to frame guidelines for rehabilitation of persons who have been cured of their mental illness, observing that the issue was ‘very sensitive’. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar observed that after mentally ill persons are cured, not even their family members are willing to take them back home. “It is a very, very sensitive issue. You (Centre) should apply