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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.

Appoint special prosecutor for sexual crimes against children: HC

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Appoint special prosecutor for sexual crimes against children: HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the city government to appoint special public prosecutors within four weeks in the special court set up to handle cases under the Protection of Ch...


Remark on rape was distorted, have utmost respect for women: Mulayam

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Remark on rape was distorted, have utmost respect for women: Mulayam

Mathura: Clarifying his stand after being at the eye of a storm for his controversial remark on rape, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said that his words had been "distorted&quo...

SC says it's willing to defreeze Sahara bank accounts

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SC says it's willing to defreeze Sahara bank accounts

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said it was "willing" to defreeze the bank accounts of Sahara and allow the group to sell properties to raise Rs 10,000 crore for getting bail to Subrata R...

Coal scam: Ex-coal secretary PC Parakh to be quizzed by the CBI

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Coal scam: Ex-coal secretary PC Parakh to be quizzed by the CBI

New Delhi: Probe into alleged irregularities in allocation of Talabira-II coal blocks has gained momentum as CBI has started questioning top executives of Aditya Birla Group and were likely to quiz fo...

Kashmir residents oppose renewal of lease for land to Army

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Kashmir residents oppose renewal of lease for land to Army

Srinagar: Residents living near an army firing range land held a demonstration here, demanding a written assurance from the state government that it would not re-lease the land to the army.The residen...

India shouldn't fall into BJP's Modi trap: Sonia

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India shouldn't fall into BJP's Modi trap: Sonia

Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu): Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Wednesday the Bharatiya Janata Party is caught up in the hands of a single individual and the nation should not fall into this trap.She a...

Dept of dirty tricks: Why we should listen to Gopalkrishna Gandhi on CBI

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Dept of dirty tricks: Why we should listen to Gopalkrishna Gandhi on CBI

"The CBI has a very mixed image. Not all of it is flattering. It is seen as a governments hatchet, rather than honesty s ally. It is often called DDT... not the colourless, tasteless, odourless i...