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  • Now, Your Bank Passbooks Will Have More Details: 10 Things To Know
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has advised commercial banks to provide adequate transaction details in the passbooks of account holders. "In the interest of better customer service, it has been decided that banks shall at a minimum provide the relevant details in respect of entries in the accounts," the central bank said in a notification. The RBI said that many banks still do not provide adequate details of the transactions in the passbooks and/ or statements of account to enable account holders cross-check them.
  • Meira Kumar: Former Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Presidential Candidate
    The Opposition has pitched Congress's Meira Kumar against former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, forcing an election to choose the next President of India. The election will be held on July 17. Ms Kumar, from Bihar, is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, the freedom fighter, Dalit leader and former deputy Prime Minister. The 72-year-old is a veteran politician. She had been a minister of the UPA government and later, was chosen unopposed as the Speaker of the 15th Lok Sabha. This evening, after her nomination, Ms Kumar said, "The collegium should decide the President in best interest of country, on principles and ideologies".
  • Meira Kumar vs Ram Nath Kovind For President, Voting On July 17: 10 Facts
    Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker, will be the opposition's candidate for President against the BJP's nominee, Ram Nath Kovind. It was decided at a meeting of 17 parties chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Thursday evening. As expected, the Opposition has turned the presidential election into a Dalit vs Dalit contest and Lalu Yadav has appealed to his partner and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to change his mind on supporting the BJP's nominee. "The collegium should decide the President in best interest of country, on principles and ideologies," Meira Kumar said.
  • Yoga Has Connected The World With India, Says PM Narendra Modi: Top 5 Quotes
    Thousands of yoga enthusiasts braved rains and gathered in Lucknow's Ambedkar Sabha Sthal, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the gathering as part of the International Yoga Day celebrations. Dressed in a white T-shirt, PM Modi greeted the people from the stage he shared with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and jokingly told the large gathering -- where people used the yoga mats to shield themselves -- that he had now learnt the benefits of the yoga mat as well. In his address, the prime minister also pointed out how the UN had accepted his proposal in record time to celebrate June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
  • PM Narendra Modi Does Yoga In Rain, Thousands Join Him: 10 Points
    For about 20 minutes this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga asanas in the light rain at Lucknow's Ambedkar Sabha Sthal, leading thousands of people in celebrating Yoga Day. In Ahmedabad's GMDC grounds, yoga teacher Ramdev and BJP chief Amit Shah drew a record breaking crowd of 54,522 for their 6.45. am yoga session. PM Modi persuaded the United Nations in 2015 to declare June 21 International Yoga Day. Events are being held in 180 nations across the world today.
  • Election For President? Yes, Says Left, Action Shifts To Patna: 10 Facts
    An election for President is essential, the Left said on Tuesday, claiming that "it is a battle of ideologies" - a stand that resonates with the Congress. D Raja of the CPI said that the Left will support either former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar or former union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who are both Dalit leaders from the Congress, but it is for their party to nominate them. The BJP has announced Ram Nath Kovind, who was till today the Governor of Bihar, as the candidate of the national coalition that it leads. The opposition will meet on Thursday to decide whether it will back Mr Kovind, who is a Dalit, or put up its own candidate.
  • Calm Returns In Darjeeling, Hill Parties Meet To Chart Course: 10 Points
    As the unrest in Darjeeling over the demand for a separate state, Gorkhaland, led to a total shutdown for nearly ten days, the GorkhaJanmukti Morcha (GJM), which is spearheading the protests, has called for a meeting with all political parties from hills to decide on the "next course of action". West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called for calm before leaving for the Netherlands to attend the United Nations summit. In widespread clashes between protesters and the police, a man was killed and at least 35 security personnel were injured.
  • BJP Pick For President Divides Opposition, Decision On Thursday: 10 Facts
    The opposition parties will meet on Thursday to decide whether to support Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind or field their own candidate for the President's post. There is speculation that the opposition may pick another Dalit leader, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. The BJP's announcement appears to have driven a wedge amid opposition parties, which are wary that refusal to support Mr Kovind may portray them as anti-Dalit. The Congress and the Left have responded cautiously. If an election is held, Mr Kovind stands to win as some regional parties from south have promised support to the NDA.
  • BJP Picks Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind For President, Opposition Weakened: 10 Facts
    The BJP has picked Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, for President of India. The announcement was made after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Amit Shah and other top leaders of his party on Monday morning. PM Modi, who on Twitter said the Governor would make "an exceptional President", has personally talked to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh to seek their support for the BJP's nominee. They and other opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee said they will decide whether to back the BJP's choice after they meet on Thursday. "It's a duty, let's take it as such," Governor Kovind told NDTV today as he took off from Patna for Delhi.
  • PM Modi Meets BJP, Opposition Says Give Name Now For President: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi met today with the most senior leaders from his party, including BJP chief Amit Shah. The agenda was focused on deciding the ruling party's choice for the next President of India. An announcement is likely later today, said sources. Left leader Sitaram Yechury has said that if the government does not name its candidate by tomorrow, the opposition will share its nominee, which would force an election.
  • GST Rollout From July 1, Late Filing Allowed For First Two Months
    The government on Sunday reiterated that the nation-wide Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be rolled out on July 1 as planned but it will allow companies to file late returns for the first two months so that they can adapt to a new online filing system. Finance Minister who heads the GST Council met in the national capital today to discuss the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1. The next meet of GST Council is expected to take place on June 30 on the eve of the launch, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
  • Not Just CS Karnan. Controversial Remarks By India's Judges: 10 Points
    Days after Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan, who faces an arrest warrant for his controversial remarks, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Justice Karnan episode calls for a greater scrutiny of the judiciary. Justice Karnan became the first sitting High Court judge to be awarded a jail term for his defamatory remarks against the top court's collegium system. In the recent years, several other judges in various courts of the country have courted controversy with their statements. Recently, Rajasthan High Court judge Mahesh Chandra Sharma told reporters that peacock is a life-long brahmachari (celibate). The remark became the top trend on social media.
  • Darjeeling Stares At More Unrest After Bloody Saturday: 10 Points
    On the edge for the last 10 days over the demand for a separate state by Gorkha ethnic groups, Darjeeling descended deeper into turmoil on Saturday with widespread clashes between protesters and the police in which at least one person was killed and 35 security personnel were injured. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the party spearheading the protests, has called for massive demonstrations on Sunday, claiming that three of its supporters were killed in police firing. Authorities however have not confirmed the deaths.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi Flags Off Kerala's First Metro In Kochi: 10 Points
    Kerala's first metro line was flagged off in Kochi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. PM Modi, along with Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other dignitaries, travelled by the metro. PM Modi travelled in the metro coach, which has green coloured seats. Seated to his right was the Kerala Chief Minister and to his life was Governor Sathasivam. The construction was completed in a record four-year period and the metro line will be thrown open to public from Monday.
  • Government's Candidate For President By June 20, Say Sources: 10 Facts
    The meetings today between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-member team and the three key opposition parties, the Congress, the CPM and CPI, did not throw up any name. The three parties indicated that the two Union ministers - Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu - wanted the opposition's cooperation. "The government says they have the mandate. The opposition should vote in favour of government nominees," Mr Yechury said after the meeting. In the morning, Mr Singh and Mr Naidu had a 30-minute meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. The two ministers also met party veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to keep them informed, party sources said. The government is expected to announce its candidate by June 20 after discussion with party chief Amit Shah, sources said.

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