Govt Hikes Withdrawal Limits At Banks, ATMs
- Two elderly men standing in seemingly unending queues at banks suffered heart attack and died in a tragic fallout of demonetisation of high-value currency notes as hassled people continued to descend on ATMs and banks in droves leading to arguments and scuffles. A 69-year-old man died in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar town after suffering a heart attack while standing in a queue to exchange demonetised currency notes outside a bank here, police said 14 November 2016.
- More on India Page lATM cash withdrawal limit now Rs.2,500/day lWeekly withdrawal limit raised to Rs.24,000 lDaily exchange limit in bank raised to Rs.4500 Newly-printed hard-to-fake Rs.500 With public anger rising across the country over limited cash availability, the government tonight eased key restrictions including raising daily withdrawal limit from bank counters and ATM as well as hiking the amount of old and now defunct currency notes that can be exchanged. To augment cash supplies, newly-printed hard-to-fake `500 notes were also released in market. After a review by Finance ministry, the limit of old and now defunct `500 and `1000 rupee notes that can be exchanged for freshly minted `2000 and new `500 notes was increased from `4000 to `4500 per day.
- Cash withdrawal limit at ATMs was hiked to `2,500 from `2,000 a day. The weekly limit of `20,000 for withdrawal from bank counters has been increased to `24,000. The maximum limit of `10,000 per day on such withdrawals has been removed, the ministry said in a statement. Also, the last date for submission of the annual life certificate for the government pensioners which is to be submitted in November every year has been extended up to January 15, 2017. PTI People standing in queues to exchange their old Rs. 500 and 1000 notes in Gurugram on Sunday. PTI l Political parties including BJP, Shiv Sena, MNS and Congress help people standing in queues outside banks and ATMs
7.8 Earthquake Hits New Zealand, 2 Dead
- At least two people were killed and more fatalities were feared after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand today, while residents in coastal areas fled following tsunami warnings. As dawn broke there was scant information from many rural villages in the South Island, which were isolated by landslips and fractured telephone communications as strong aftershocks continued for several hours. Prime Minister John Key confirmed two people had died and said 'we cannot rule out" that number will rise, nearly seven hours after the main quake. Police were trying to reach the scene of one fatality at a remote property 150 kilometres north of Christchurch while another person died in a historic homestead which collapsed at the nearby fishing village of Kaikoura.
- "At this point we are unable to give precise details of what caused those fatalities," Key said, adding that communication problems made it difficult to get information. Helicopters were taking officials workers to the worst-affected area, he said."As soon as we can get a much better assessment of the actual damage then we can work out the next steps." Soon after the earthquake, tsunami warning sirens were activated in South Island coastal towns and along the east coast of the North Island, with police and emergency workers going door to door to evacuate seaside properties. The ministry of civil defence, responsible for emergency management in New Zealand, initially warned of a "destructive tsunami" with waves of up to five metres (16 feet).
- The first waves were measured around two metres and four hours later authorities downgraded the warning, but said risks remained.AFP The earthquake struck at 12:02 AM Monday (16:32 IST Sunday) and was 23 kilometres deep, the US Geological Survey said, putting the epicentre near the alpine tourist village of Hanmer and the rural township of Cheviot in North Canterbury, South Island. It was one of the most powerful shakes to rock earthquake-prone New Zealand and ignited painful memories for residents in Christchurch which was devastated five years ago by a 6.3 tremor which killed 185 people.
- "It was massive and really long," Tamsin Edensor, a mother of two in Christchurch, told AFP, describing the powerful quake as the biggest since the 2011 tremor which was one of New Zealand's deadliest disasters. "We were asleep and woken to the house shaking, it kept going and going and felt like it was going to build up." The main tremor was followed by a series of strong aftershocks and there were reports of damaged houses. Roads were cut and rail and ferry services were halted. People took to social media to report damage with goods tipped from shelves and shattered glass littering streets.AFP New Zealand residents camp near the top of Mt Victoria, the highest hill in Wellington on Sunday following an earthquake centred some 90 kilometres (57 miles) north of New Zealand's South Island city of Christchurch. A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand, the US Geological Survey said, prompting a tsunami warning and knocking out power and phone services in many parts of the country.
India's Aditi Scripts History
- Teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok scripted history today as she became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title by clinching the Hero Women's Indian Open here. The 18-year-old shot an even par-72 in the final round to win the title. Carrying a two-stroke overnight lead, the teenager took her total score to three-under 213, one stroke clear of Brittany Lincicome of the US and Spaniard Belen Mozo who finished tied second. Aditi's round included birdies on the par-four second and 10th holes and bogeys on the seventh, 13th and 17th. She became richer by Euro 54,988.20.
- The Rio Olympian golfer needed at least a birdie on the final hole to avoid a three-way tie. But she held her nerve to secure her 13th birdie of the tournament on the par-5 18th to make history. The Indian, who had impressed at the Olympics, had carded 3 under 69 on the second day to grab the sole lead at the DLF Golf and Country Club.Aditi, who started her day yesterday in tied ninth position, had an indifferent front nine. She carded a birdie on the 2nd hole. However, a dropped shot on the 6th and miss-hit into the water on the 9th, which resulted in a double bogey, added to her woes.
Trump 'Will Deport' 2-3 Million Illegal Immigrants Soon
- US President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday reiterated his pre-election commitment to impose a stricter immigration regime, saying he will ensure immediate deportation of two to three million undocumented immigrants. In his first extensive interview since victory at the election, Trump told CBS News that his government's primary focus would be "the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers... We are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate" them.
- However, Trump's statement is at variance from House Speaker and top Republican leader Paul Ryan, who has said that despite Trump's campaign rhetoric, lawmakers are not prepared to form a deportation force to round up and deport undocumented immigrants. During the election campaign, the President-elect had warned that he would enforce the provision of stopping of issuing of visas to the people of those countries, which do not accept their illegal immigrants.
- There are an estimated 11 million documented immigrants in the country, out of which several hundred thousand are believed to be Indian-Americans. In 2014, close to 200,000 undocumented immigrants convicted of committing crimes were deported back to their countries. Trump also told CBS News said that he will build the wall along the US-Mexico border that was a vital part of his presidential campaign. However, Trump stipulated that the wall -- instead of being "big and beautiful" like he repeatedly vowed -- could end up being part-wall and "some fencing". "For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate," he said, adding that "I'm very good at this, it's called construction". The billionaire businessman said that once the border is secured, immigration officials will "make a determination" about remaining undocumented immigrants in the country.