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No Direct Benefits Bank Transfer For Poor In Jharkhand

The Direct Benefits Transfer pilot for subsidised foodgrains in Nagri block has, ironically, led to a quantum jump in cash transactions, inconveniencing beneficiaries and dealers as also putting enormous pressure on banks, even as 25% people still remain excluded. The introduction of any new system is bound to have some …

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Rough Edges: The Motorbike, Bengal And Beyond

The motorbike has, for a long time, been both a symbol of cinematic romance and political violence in Bengal. Besotted couples in love have often romanced while riding bikes and singing songs. In a scene from the famous 1963 Bengali film Saptapadi (Seven Circles), for instance, one of the state’s …

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On-Off, On Again Missile Deal With Israel: Where Has “Make in India” Gone?

Why was the anti-missile deal with Israel cancelled? And why has it been revived again? Or has it? And in what form? The answer to the first question that emanated from official corridors at the time was that the government wanted to give a boost to its Make in India …

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Dropping The Idea Of Islamic Banking In India Will Leave Millions Shortchanged

In India, there is an unmet market need for such products. Why can’t it come in the category of another financial product aimed at a niche audience? There is an air of finality and inevitability to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recent decision to rule out introducing Islamic banking …

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Nearly 50,000 Indian Telecom Workers Going To Lose Jobs This Year!

The bloodbath in Indian telecom is set to worsen in 2018, and that may mean more job losses. “In this calendar year, another 50,000 jobs are likely to go (in telecom) and at this point, telecom seems to be the worst-affected sector in terms of jobs. Last year about 40,000 …

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‘Big Money For Small Cities’, Modi’s Ambitious ‘Startup Initiative’ Is Ready To Rock

After facing much criticism for inaction in its first year, the Narendra Modi government’s Startup India programme picked up the pace in 2017. And for 2018, it has set ambitious targets, from more funding to a state-wise ranking based on startup-related initiatives, and a push for woman entrepreneurship. For starters, …

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Indian Investors Eager For Quick Profits Are Being Duped By Conmen In Bitcoin Scams

They lure people into investing in non-existent virtual currencies by promising huge returns after a lock-in period. The rising value of bitcoin is attracting thousands of investors in India. Every day, around 2,500 people are estimated to be buying into the digital currency created by people around the world running …

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What Is Bulletproof Coffee And How It Can Make You Lose Weight?

This drink, created by Dave Asprey has taken the world. Hundreds of people post pictures of this drink every day over social media and boast about their weight loss regime. Coffee has almost become an indispensable part of one’s daily routine in the modern era. From students pulling all nighters …

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Now Onwards, Passport Won’t Work As Address Proof Anymore, Some To Turn Orange

The last page of the Indian passport includes names of the father or legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address. Passports will soon stop serving as valid proof of address, with the foreign ministry announcing that the last page will not be printed anymore. A new series of passports are being …

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‘No Need To Share Aadhaar Number With Any Government Agencies’

Citizens will have the choice to never disclose their 12-digit Aadhaar number even to government agencies mandated by the law to store the unique identity number, according to a top official in the central agency which announced a series of measures to strengthen the security of personal information stored on …

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