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SC accepts apology from Katju, closes contempt case

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday brought curtains down on the contempt proceedings against its former judge, Justice Markandey Katju, as it accepted an unconditional apology tendered by him.

Closing the case, the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit in their order said: "In view of the apology tendered, we accept and close the proceeding."

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NRIs need to declare demonetised notes at airport

Bengaluru : NRIs coming for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) here from Saturday and resident Indians returning from abroad need to declare at the airport on arrival the number of demonetised Rs 500 and 1,000 notes they are carrying, said a Customs official on Friday.

"The government has given six-month grace period from January 1 to June 30 to NRIs and three months (up to March 31) to resident Indians for submitting in a prescribed form the demonetised notes in their possession," Customs Joint Commissioner Harsh Vardhan said in a statement here.

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Demonetisation, surgical strike to be BJP's major poll plank

New Delhi : Demonetisation and the surgical strike against terrorists in Pakistani territory will be the two major planks for the BJP in the assembly polls in five states.

On the inaugural of the BJP's National Executive meeting here, party President Amit Shah spoke at length on the twin issues and told leaders to harp on the benefits of both demonetisation and the surgical strike.

Wrongly accused, have nothing against Akhilesh: Amar Singh

Lucknow : Caught in the cross-fire of a raging war between Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, Amar Singh on Friday said he was not against the Chief Minister and was being blamed for no rhyme or reason.

Talking to a select group of media persons, Amar Singh, close aide of Mulayam Singh, who has been accused by Akhilesh of trying to instigate his father against him, said that it is in public domain as to what good he has done to Akhilesh.

"I wish him well and have nothing against him," said Singh.

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Humans settled in Tibet at least 7,400 years ago: Study

Washington : Humans likely established permanent settlements on the high-altitude Tibetan plateau at least 7,400 years ago, much before the advent of agriculture 5,200 years ago, says a study.

The findings are based on an extensive analysis of human handprints and footprints found in 1998 in fossilised hot spring mud near the village of Chusang on Tibet's central plateau, at an elevation of 14,000 feet above sea level.

Analysis of the archaeological site indicated that the prints were made by people at least 7,400 years ago, and possibly as early as 13,000 years ago.

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Note ban may slow down economy: President

New Delhi : Demonetisation may lead to a temporary slowdown of the economy, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.

"Demonetisation, which immobilizing black money and fighting corruption, may lead to temporary slowdown of the economy," the President said in an address on video to Governors and Lt Governors.

"We all will have to be extra careful to alleviate the suffering of the poor which might become unavoidable for the expected progress in the long run," he added.

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Estimates of demonetised notes back with banks may be incorrect: RBI

Mumbai : Reacting to media reports about the quantum of demonetised currency that has been returned to the banks, the Reserve Bank of India on Thursday said such estimates may not be correct.

The RBI said the aggregating of accounting entries made at the various currency chests still requires to be reconciled with the actual cash balances in order to eliminate accounting errors and double counting.

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'AAP won't be allowed to win in Punjab - at any cost'

By M.R. Narayan Swamy

Only a miracle can prevent the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from finishing on top in the Punjab assembly election, irrespective of how many seats it ultimately bags. But miracles do happen.

For a party born only some four years ago, the AAP -- India's youngest political outfit -- now exists in every nook and corner of the largely rural state. This itself is no mean achievement.

32 demonetisation violation cases lodged till date: CBI

New Delhi : The CBI on Wednesday said it has so far registered 32 cases of violation of demonetisation and detected over Rs 200 crore across India during its probe against gross anomalies in banking sectors after the demonetisation announcement.

Out of 32, three to four case are against Reserve Bank of India (RBI) officials, five against Post Office employees and the remaining cases are against those employed with different banks, said a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official.

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Thousands of Sikh devotees join religious procession in Patna

Patna : Thousands of followers of Sikhism on Wednesday participated in an impressive 'nagar kirtan' (religious procession) held here in connection with the ongoing celebration of the 350th birth anniversary of 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh.

District police officials said the religious procession attracted non-Sikh locals too.

Reciting 'gurbani' (Sikh scriptures) and hymns, the devotees marched from a makeshift gurdwara set up in the tent city in Gandhi Maidan in the heart of Patna to Takht Sri Harimandir ji Patna Sahib -- the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh.

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