Return of Demonitization days Cash crunch at ATMs across India, Jaitley blames 'sudden and unusual' withdrawals Current Affairs 

Return of Demonetisation days: Cash crunch at ATMs across India, Jaitley blames ‘sudden and unusual’ withdrawals

Reports of cash crunch at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across various states have brought back memories of November 2016 demonetisation, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a midnight announcement said old notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 will be scrapped. States, including Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Telangana, have reported shortage of cash at ATMs. The ATMs are either not working or are out of cash. The government is checking with banks and the Reserve Bank of India to ensure adequate supply of currency.…

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Massive fire left 228 Rohingya refugees homeless in Delhi Current Affairs 

Massive fire left 228 Rohingya refugees homeless in Delhi

New Delhi: A massive fire broke out at a camp of the Rohingya refugees near Okhla in Kalindi Kunj area of Delhi on Sunday leaving at least 228 of them homeless. Most people escaped with only their lives intact, two persons suffered minor burn injuries besides reducing the shelters to ashes along with a complete loss of household materials. The fire started at around 3.30am due to a short circuit in the electrical wiring system in the camp and spread rapidly, police said. As many as 44 shanties, a makeshift…

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Asaduddin Owaisi's party AIMIM not to contest Karnataka Assembly polls Current Affairs 

Asaduddin Owaisi’s party AIMIM not to contest Karnataka Assembly polls

Hyderabad: Taking a U-turn, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi has decided not to contest the Karnataka state assembly elections scheduled to be held on May 12. Reports citing unnamed AIMIM source said that the party has taken the decision after a series of consultation wherein it was realized that contesting election might harm ‘secular parties’ in Karnataka. “Though we have ground in some segments and good chances, the party president felt that our presence there could end up spoiling the prospects of secular parties,” he said.…

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Taj Mahal gate minaret collapses due to heavy rain Current Affairs 

Taj Mahal gate minaret collapses due to heavy rain

Agra: The stone minarets on the south and royal gates of the Taj Mahal collapsed after heavy rain and thunderstorm in Agra on Wednesday. A north-west 12 feet metal pillar at the entry gate which is known as Darwaza-e-Rauza and a flower vase in stone and a brass filial was brought down as winds with velocity of over 130 km per hour swept the city. Similar loss happened at the southern gate too, said Ankit Namdev, conservation assistant of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Taj Mahal, reported HT. Taj…

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Solapur Municipal By-Polls Congress manages to retain seat Current Affairs 

Solapur Municipal By-Polls: Congress manages to retain seat

Solapur: Indian National Congress candidate Haji Toufiq Hatture has managed to retain the Block No. 14 seat by a margin of 1700 votes in Municipal by poll which was scheduled on Friday, 6 April. AIMIM candidate Peer Ahmed Shaikh stood second by grabbing 3250 votes. The result was declared on Saturday morning at around 11.30 am. The seat was lying vacant since January 2018 due to sad demise of sitting councillor Rafique Hatture. Haji Toufiq is youngest brother of veteran Congress leader late Rafiq Hatture who had registered five consecutive…

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Valpoi municipal council organizes talk on Menstrual and sanitation Hygiene Current Affairs 

Valpoi municipal council organizes talk on Menstrual and sanitation Hygiene

Valpoi: Valpoi municipal council in collaboration with Phoenix Women’s Wing Self Help group (PWWSHG) organised a talk on the topic of Menstrual Hygiene, management and safe and hygienic sanitation under Swach Bharat Abhiyan programme. The chief guest of the function, VMC Chairperson, Parvin Shaikh said that menstrual hygiene is a very important part of ladies life. We should all understand this concept and try to take it in the life. The other dignitaries on the dais were Chief Officer VMC, Cynthia Mesquita, President, PWWSHG, Shuneza Khan, councillors; Shaizin Shaikh and…

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Jamia VC Says University Will Defend Its Minority Character, slams self-styled leaders Current Affairs 

Jamia VC Says University Will Defend Its Minority Character, slams self-styled leaders

New Delhi: Prof Talat Ahmad Vice-Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia on Tuesday said that the university will defend its minority character. He also slammed the “self-styled leaders” who accused the university administration of mishandling the issue pending before the Delhi High Court. The VC’s remark came a week after the Modi government had filed a revised affidavit in the Delhi high court this month opposing the Minority Status of Jamia Millia Islamia and also claimed that the premium institution was not founded by the minorities – read Muslims. “I am pained that…

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Asaduddin Owaisi’s extravagant daughter engagement draws flak from social activists Current Affairs 

Asaduddin Owaisi’s extravagant daughter engagement draws flak from social activists

Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi is drawing flak from some section of society and social activists for spending crores of money on the extravagant engagement ceremony of his elder daughter on Saturday. The social activists took to social media to express their displeasure alleging Hyderabad MP for not practicing what he preaches. Some media reports claimed that the family had spent Rs 6 crore for the event, where Rs 1.25 crore was spent only on imported (from Dubai) gold-plated plates and flower decoration, while Rs 85 lakh were spent on…

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SC seeks Center’s response on plea challenging Polygamy, Nikah Halala among Muslims Current Affairs 

SC seeks Center’s response on plea challenging Polygamy, Nikah Halala among Muslims

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of polygamy and nikah halala amongst the Muslim community. The apex court also sought response from Union government and the Law Commission on the plea challenging the practices. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission that an earlier five-judge constitution bench, in its 2017 verdict, had kept open the issue of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ while quashing instant triple talaq. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.…

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Ayodhya Dispute Once a mosque always a mosque, Supreme Court told Current Affairs 

Ayodhya Dispute: Once a mosque always a mosque, Supreme Court told

New Delhi: The Supreme Court was on Friday told that the mosque enjoyed a unique place in Islam and its religious significance does not diminish just because it was desecrated and destroyed through a “barbaric act.” Adjudication of the politically sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case will be delayed as the Supreme Court will first decide whether the apex court’s 1994 decision in the Ismail Faruqui case that a “mosque is not an essential part of Islam” needs to be re-examined by a five-judge constitution bench. The Faruqui verdict came on…

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