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The two-day bank strike has hit banking services across the country. Nearly 15 crores cheques worth Rs 14 lakh crore remained uncleared as 10 lakh PSU bank employees stayed away from work. Unions say cash dried up at various ATMs and all government transactions came to a halt. Public sector bank employees' union called for a strike to press for an immediate revision in wages higher than what is proposed by the banks. The Indian Banks' Association which is the industry body of banks has agreed to offer a 10 percent wage hike which is an outgo of over Rs 3000 crore for PSU banks.

WHO, Health Ministry working on Ebola 'preparedness plan'

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WHO, Health Ministry working on Ebola 'preparedness plan'

New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with the Health Ministry to formulate a "preparedness plan" just in case there is an outbreak of Ebola in the country."Preparation ...


President Pranab Mukherjee asks IITs to improve quality of education

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President Pranab Mukherjee asks IITs to improve quality of education

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, today, asked the IITs to explore ways to improve the country's quality of higher education so that India can become a global supplier of skilled manpower.Speakin...

Japan floods: 51 missing, 39 confirmed dead

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Japan floods: 51 missing, 39 confirmed dead

Tokyo: The number of those missing in the torrential rains lashing Hiroshima in western Japan this week rose to 51 on Friday while the death toll stood at 39.Authorities fear the numbers will grow as ...

Russian aid convoy drives into rebel-held eastern Ukraine

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Russian aid convoy drives into rebel-held eastern Ukraine

Izvaryne, Ukraine: Russia unilaterally sent an aid mission into rebel-held eastern Ukraine today, saying its patience had worn out after a week of delays it blamed on the Ukrainian government.The Inte...

Senegal tightens travel restrictions over Ebola fears

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Senegal tightens travel restrictions over Ebola fears

Dakar: Senegal has decided to tighten restrictions on travelling from Ebola-hit West African countries, as the newly appointed UN coordinator on the epidemic began his visit to countries affected by t...

Chhattisgarh: Naxal killed in encounter with security forces

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Chhattisgarh: Naxal killed in encounter with security forces

Raipur: A naxal was today gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarhs insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.The face-off took place during a combing operation near restive B...

Assocham for field trials in GM crops, says will help increase production

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Assocham for field trials in GM crops, says will help increase production

New Delhi: Industry body Assocham has pitched for allowing field trials in biotechnology (BT) crops, terming it as a 'pro-poor' step that will help in raising food production to feed the country's ris...