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RBI Annual Report
98.96% of banned Rs 1000, Rs 500 notes returned after demonetisation: RBI
30.08.17 - TEAM PT
98.96% of banned Rs 1000, Rs 500 notes returned after demonetisation: RBI



Reserve Bank of India’s annual report shows that 98.96% of Rs 1000 notes and Rs 500 notes that were banned on 8 November had returned to it by the end of June.
 
According to RBI estimates, a total of Rs. 15.28 lakh crore in banned 500- and 1,000-rupee currency notes were returned by June 30, 2017, out of the estimated 15.44 lakh crore in 500- and 1,000-rupee notes in circulation before the notes ban.
 
This means that 0.16 lakh crore or Rs 16,000 crore was not deposited back to the banks.

Among the Rs 1000 denomination notes, the RBI is yet to receive 8.9 crore notes of the denomination which means that at least Rs 8900 crore of 1000 denomination have gone missing since the note ban.
 
The old notes came to RBI either directly or from bank branches and post offices through the currency chest mechanism. Some of these notes are still lying in the currency chests, RBI said. Thus, the central bank could only estimate the value of the notes and could not give an accurate figure.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year in a surprise move banned Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes to counter black money, with the high denomination notes losing their legal tender status from midnight of November 8. After the shock note ban decision, the government gave a 50-day window to deposit old notes by December 30, 2016. However, for some other categories of people, like NRIs, the deadline expired on June 30, 2017.
 
Here are the other takeaways from the annual report on demonetisation:

1) 89 million notes of Rs 1000 were in circulation at the end of March compared to around 6.3 billion a year ago

2) RBI supplied 3.5 billion notes of Rs 2000 and 7.2 billion of the new Rs 500 in 2016-17.

3) Overall, the number of currency notes supplied in 2016-17 amounted to 29 billion compared to 21.2 billion pieces a year ago.

4) The central bank spent Rs 7965 crore in printing currency notes in 2016-17 more than double the Rs 3420 crore spent a year ago.

5) It detected 199 counterfeit notes of the new Rs 500 denomination and 638 of Rs 2000 notes. But these were a minuscule proportion of the 762,072 fake note pieces detected during that year, an increase compared to 632,926 pieces a year ago.




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Chandigarh journalists protest violence against fraternity
29.08.17 - PT Bureau
Chandigarh journalists protest violence against fraternity



CHANDIGARH; Journalists of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Tuesday (August 29) staged a protest over the violence against their fraternity in Panchkula on August 25. The protest was at the call of the Chandigarh Press Club.  

Carrying placards and raising slogans, journalists demanded action against the policemen and government functionaries who largely remained silent spectators during the attack on the journalists during the verdict of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25.
 
The club's Governing Council later submitted a memorandum to Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, demanding action against the policemen.

"A charter of demands was submitted to the Governor, who assured timely action against the erring officials,” club president Jaswant Rana said, adding that Haryana government must compensate media persons for the damage caused to their property. 
 
Rana said the Governor also assured the journalists that he would speak to the Haryana Chief Minister in this regard.

Over 40 vehicles, including cars, two-wheelers and OB vans, of the journalists parked in Sector 5 near the Hafed office on the day of the judgment were set on fire by a mob.

Cameras of the photojournalists and TV channels were also snatched and damaged by the mob.

Describing the attack on journalists unfortunate, club secretary general Barinder Rawat said this was an attack on the freedom of expression.

"Journalists are not safe in Haryana. The government allowed the gathering, with the police not implementing the orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.  This is an unfortunate instance and deserves the strictest condemnation,” Rawat added.
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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam. 
TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT


Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.




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DEMONISATION A LA NEWS TELEVISION
Baba? Gurmeet Ram Rahim? Gurmeet? Beast? Indian TV climbs moral pedestal
29.08.17 - PT MEDIA CRITIC
Baba? Gurmeet Ram Rahim? Gurmeet? Beast? Indian TV climbs moral pedestal



DEMONISATION COMES EASY to the media, particularly when the media has been an active conduit of utter trivia and shenanigans of the same man whose legal description and status was of a rape accused with a duly framed chargesheet following an extensive investigation done by the CBI.

On August 28, after the CBI Special Judge pronounced 20 years of jail for the man the judgement named as "Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh," India Today's Rajdeep Sardesai, whose self-proclaimed CV describes him as a winner of "numerous awards for journalistic excellence," made his two-bit contribution to the debate on such dera men. After asking "when will India's politicians stop romancing them," Sardesai climbed atop an even higher moral pedestal refusing to call the culprit what the CBI Special Judge and the official records call him.

Here's exactly what Rajdeep Sardesai said: "Can we start calling Baba Ram Rahim by his original name of Gurmeet Singh...rather than defile Ram and Rahim?" 
 


(Watch the original here http://indiatoday.intoday.in/programme/baba-ram-rahim-20-year-jail-netas-godmen/1/1036004.html)

Not that anyone believed that Ram or Rahim are defiled that easily by someone being found guilty of a crime most henious, but then moral pedestals are too tempting and attract men of varying intellectual capacities.

Swaraj Abhiyan's Yogendra Yadav, who waited patiently for CNN-News18 Bhupendra Chaubey's harangue for more than 35 minutes on his programme "Viewpoint" on August 28, climbed an even higher moral pedestal when he said he will not call the rape convict by his name but will only call him Mr Gurmeet Singh. Chaubey was quick to find another higher moral platform and said, "Sorry, Mr Yogender Yadav. I will not even call him Mr Gurmeet Singh. I will call him only Gurmeet Singh."

Watch the interesting bit here 


As a snub, he cut short Yogendra Yadav and never brought him back into the programme, even though Yadav had requested that since he had heard the cacophony for 35 minutes patiently, he be heard patiently. Patience, as most news television audiences in India, know, is a rather rare commodity on screen.
 
In fact, when Bhupendra Chaubey repeatedly played a rather ridiculous video of the convicted man, Yogendra Yadav almost reflected the sickening feeling it generated in most viewers when he requested that he be allowed to complete his point as he was not interested in watching the same video for the fourth time. "No, I will not play the video again,” Bhupendra Chaubey said, but after a few seconds, climbed what he thought was a moral pedestal even higher: "I think it is important for the people of this country to watch this video ten times!” Lucky for Yogendra Yadav that he was not subjected to the video again, but for a moment, I felt like smashing my TV screen. (For a true experience, please do click on the link in this article.) 
Arnab Goswami had perhaps the highest moral pedestal uttering near profanities about the convicted man. It is a pity that no one asked him if he considered the convicted fellow a human being, since the word beast was much used on Republic screen when anything could be heard, which is a rare thing when you are in the realm of Republic.

It was finally left to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to underline that it is not immune to criticism, and asked lawyers to exercise restraint and not say anything that could prejudice Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s appeal against his conviction for rape. 

Now, these were words that came from the division bench of Acting Chief Justice S S Saron and Justice Avneesh Jhingan, but imagine if anyone had said in the presence of a Chaubey or a Goswami the same thing, what hell could have broken loose? 

A human rights activist has to merely say that all jail inmates have human rights, and many TV anchors will lost no time in declaring him an anti-national. After all, we have had ministers who have explained publicly who has or does not have human rights. It is time India should have a journalism award for who climbs the highest moral pedestal.
 
Pic Courtesy: bbc.com
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When the tide turns: A tour of Gurmeet Ram Rahim's bedroom, drawing room
 
When a dera baba falls foul of the powers that be, this is how the cycle of humiliation is unleashed. Will the media now raise simple questions about how such videos are being leaked? Why are the policemen not wearing gloves? Why official videography is not being done? After all, there should be forensic experts ready to lift finger prints and photograph everything since it was the premises of someone now found to be criminal and who was given to committing crimes in the confines of his place of stay. Why a proper locksmith was not there and why were policemen using the 18th century technology of incessantly kicking a door to barge into a room? A tour of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's bedroom, drawing room, courtesy leaked videos:
 

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam.
TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.

-------------

Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT


Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

 




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Read Complete Judgement: All details of “20 years in jail plus Rs 30 lakh fine” order
28.08.17 - Punjab Today Legal Bureau
Read Complete Judgement: All details of “20 years in jail plus Rs 30 lakh fine” order



ON AUGUST 28, most sections of the media initially misunderstood the judgement of the CBI Special Judge Jagdeep Singh and reported the jail term as 10 years, only to correct themselves hours later, clarifying that the rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will spend 20 years in jail, apart from being made to pay a hefty fine of more than Rs 30 lakhs. 
 
Here are the complete details of the order, and you can also access the complete judgement by clicking on the link below this story.
 
Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, convicted for double rape and sentenced by CBI Special Judge on August 25, will undergo the following sentences:

Victim- A

For offence u/s 376 of IPC

Rigorous Imprisonment for 10 years along with fine of Rs.15.00 lakh (Out of which Rs. 14.00 lakh is to be paid to Victim-A as compensation). In case of default in payment of fine, further RI of 2 years.

For offence u/s 506 of IPC

Rigorous Imprisonment for 2 years along with fine of Rs. 10,000/-, In case of default in payment of fine, further RI of 3 months.

Victim- B

For offence u/s 376 of IPC

Rigorous Imprisonment for 10 years along with fine of Rs.15.00 lakh (out of which Rs. 14.00 lakh is to be paid to Victim-B as compensation). In case of default in payment of fine, further RI of 2 years.

For offence u/s 506 of IPC

Rigorous Imprisonment for 2 years along with fine of Rs. 10,000/-, In case of default in payment of fine, further RI of 3 months.

Both these sentences in respect of Victim-A and Victim-B to run consecutively i.e. the sentence with reference to Victim-B will start after the sentence with reference to Victim-A has been completed.

Thus, the total sentence will run for 20 years Rigorous Imprisonment and total fine will be of Rs. 30,20,000/-.

The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Panchkula(Haryana) found the accused guilty U/s 376 & 506 of IPC on 25.08.2017.

Click here for the complete judgement of the court  on the quantum of sentence.




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CASE OF RAPE OF 2 WOMEN FOLLOWERS
Ram Rahim sentenced for 20 years in jail
28.08.17 - TEAM PT
Ram Rahim sentenced for 20 years in jail



Self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in jail — 10 years each for two rapes that will run consecutively, and not concurrently as was understood initially. He was sentenced at a jail in Haryana's Rohtak by Judge Jagdeep Singh who flew down by government helicopter to conduct prison-side court proceedings. The judge delivered the sentence at the Rohtak prison today to prevent a repeat of Friday's violence. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 30 lakh on the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.
 
"Judge announced 10 years of imprisonment and Rs 15 lakh fine each in two cases. Rs 14 lakh each to be paid to both victims," SK Narwana, Ram Rahim Singh's lawyer, told ANI.
 
CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal has also confirmed that the Dera chief will be serving 20 years in prison. The sentences to run consecutively.
 
The defence counsel said he will appeal against the orders in the high court.
 
Apparently, the Dera chief broke down after hearing the verdict and wept as he dropped down to the floor. He had to be forcefully removed from the court as the Dera chief refused to accompany the cops escorting him for medical checkups and further formalities. 
 
The CBI Court in its judgment has said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will be treated as any other 'ordinary' convict and will not be provided special amenities or an attendant.

Ram Rahim's lawyers had pleaded for a lighter sentence in view of his philanthropic work today; the CBI had sought a life sentence.
 
The 50-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda leader was on Friday found guilty in the 15-year-old case. Within minutes of the verdict, his followers ran riot and clashed with security forces, leaving 38 people dead and 250 injured. While 32 people were killed in Panchkula, where the case was heard, six died in Sirsa, the headquarters of the sect.
 
Haryana and Punjab remained on high alert with officials warning that violent miscreants will be shot at sight, describing the security situation as "challenging.”




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