Daily Archive: February 16, 2017

,#Demonetisation: #RBI proposes to drastically cut MDR charges on debit card payments

In the wake of the demonetisation drive that is gradually coming to an end, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has come out with yet another new push that seeks to empower people regarding digital payments – one of the goals of the note ban was to turn India into a less cash-dependent country by encouraging payments via the digital medium. Today, RBI has placed on its website for public feedback the draft circular on rationalisation of Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) for debit card transactions and invited comments and suggestions for the same – last date for this is on or before February 28, 2017.

#Pakistan suicide blast: 100 dead, scores injured in attack on Sufi shrine Lal Shahbaz Qalandarin

At least 100 people were killed and several others injured tonight in a suicide attack inside the revered Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar packed with devotees in Sehwan town in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. The blast took place during Dhamal – a Sufi ritual, when hundreds of devotees were present inside the premises of the vast mausoleum of the saint, police said. Officials said 100 people were killed in the blast.

After Army Chief’s warning, authorities ask public to stay away from encounter sites in Kashmir

Authorities on Thursday asked the public in Kashmir to stay away from the places of encounters between security forces and militants and decided to impose prohibitory orders in the radius of 3 kms from such sites in three districts. The decision came a day after Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat warned of tough action against those hampering counter-insurgency operations.


SASIKALA SENT TO JAIL SHE BECAME POOR. And poor Jayalalitha departed. She could not take anything with her. The imperious Jayalalitha who ruled over Tamilnadu became just a memory. She became the permanent occupant of 6 feet of public land, not in any of the thousands of acres she owned! She was taken in a gun carriage though she had a good fleet of luxury cars and vehicles, leaving empty handed, and leaving everything earned through ulterior means for others.

– 1197 Acres in Tirunelveli, 200 Acres in Valajapetta, 100 Acres in Otthukkotta, 25 Acres in Shiruthavoor, 200 Acres and another farm of 100 Acres in Kancheepuram, Grape Garden of 14.5 Acres in Jeedimetla village in Ranga Reddy district in Telangana, Kodanad Tea Estate of 1600 Acres with Bunglows in Nilgiri.

Besides these, she had a massive 24,000 sqft residential property called Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden costing about Rs.100 Crores, four commercial buildings, including one each in Chennai and in Hyderabad. Other properties included 800 kg silver, 28 kg gold, 750 pairs of shoes, 10,500 sarees, 91 watches and other valuables, two Toyota Prado SUVs, a Tempo Traveller, a Tempo Trax, a Mahindra Jeep, an Ambassador car , a Mahindra Bolero, a Swaraj Mazda Maxi, and a Contessa. The nine vehicles are worth around Rs 42,25,000. ( As on 1997)- not to speak on Benami properties held elsewhere or later additions.

This is the lesson for all human beings – when the call comes from above, you will not even have time to say bye to your near and dear ones. No one can help you, no one can save you – not the followers who were ready to do anything and even to give their lives, a battery of servants waiting for an instruction, or a battalion of officers ready to take orders, best hospitals, best medical brains from India and abroad – repeat no one. It is also a lesson that whatever one amasses arrogantly through good or bad means through deceit, giving pain to others, will have to be left behind.

Sometimes, even the offering of last drop of water or performance of last rites may not be by a blood relative as in her case.

Realise that we are only travelers here and have to leave for the next destination. So give up ego or all that are related, realise one’s own true self, be a good human being showing empathy to fellow beings.