RBI to introduce Rs 200 note tomorrow, check out its key features

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Along with the new Rs 200 note, the government has also confirmed a new Rs 50 note.


LATEST NEWS     :    The new Rs 200 currency note will be introduced in the market tomorrow, Reserve Bank of India said on Thursday.


The new denomination has Motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse, with bright yellow being the base colour of the note, RBI said in a statement.



Along with the new Rs 200 note, the government has also confirmed a new Rs 50 note. The earlier Rs 50 notes will continue to remain legal tender.


“The Reserve Bank of India will issue on August 25, 2017 Rs 200 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing the signature of Urjit R Patel, Governor, RBI from select RBI offices, and some banks,” it said.


Here are its salient features

Obverse (Front)

  1. See through register with denominational numeral 200
  2. Latent image with denominational numeral 200
  3. Denominational numeral २०० in Devnagari
  4. Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre
  5. Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘भारत’, ‘India’ and ‘200’
  6. Windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’ and RBIwith colour shift. Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted (read more)

Utkal train trage: Modi asks Prabhu to wait as Cong demands his resignation

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Photo: PTI

The Congress on Monday demanded Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s resignation


LATEST NEWS :  Amidst Opposition’s demand for his stepping down from the position of Union Railway Minister over derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express, Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday informed that though he takes moral responsibility of the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to wait.

Prabhu took to his Twitter handle to post a thread, where he says, “In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I tried to overcome decades of neglect through systemic reforms in all areas, leading to unprecedented investment and milestones.”

“New India, envisioned by Prime Minister Modi, deserves Railways, which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path on which Railways is progressing now,” he further said.

Adding, “I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to the passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish. I met Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, taking full moral responsibility. He has asked me to wait.”



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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be launched today: Here’s what to expect

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Will Samsung Note 8 supersede the troubled Note 7 smartphone from 2016?



LATEST NEWS    :    Samsung is set to unveil its flagship galaxy Note 8 today at a splashy media event in New York. The device is expected to be launched online on August 23 at 8:30 p.m. While the South Korean tech giant’s fans are excited about the latest launch, the memory of explosive Note 7 is etched deep. Will Samsung Notebook 8 supersede the troubled Note 7 smartphone from 2016 and win buyers over again?


Here’s what buyers must look out for if rumours are to be believed:





Samsung is being naturally cautious in the battery department after Note 7 disaster. So we’ll see just a 3,300mAh battery inside. It will fast-charge wired or wirelessly, with the former operating over USB-C. Another significant battery-related problem would be disastrous for the company and the responsible executives.


Safety checklist


Samsung has is believed to have enhanced safety checklist by using in-house ‘8-point battery test’.


‘Bixby’ voice assistant


Samsung ‘Note 8’ may have a separate physical button for its ‘Bixby’ voice assistant, much like Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagship devices.


Digital pen


The device may also come with a digital pen called the “S Pen” that may have a speaker within it, doubling it as a voice recorder.


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Narayana Murthy takes battle to investors to explain his stand on Infosys

N R Narayana Murthy

The Infosys board and Murthy have drawn battle lines, each holding ground on their stand


LATEST NEWSInfosys founder N R Narayana Murthy has begun reaching out to investors in a bid to explain his stand on the public battle with the Infosys board and the management that led to the resignation of its first non-founder chief executive Vishal Sikka.


He would be holding an investors’ call on Wednesday to explain why the values of the company he built has been diluted and how that is bad for Infosys in the long run.


Murthy did not respond to an email seeking comments.



The Bengaluru-based software major is the most liquid stock on the bourses, with institutional investors holding 57.72 per cent as on June 30, 2017. While Indian investors, who have 9.63 per cent in the company, saw market cap erosion, foreign institutional investors, who hold 37.53 per cent stake in the company, saw a significantly negative impact on the market cap ever since the public fallout last Friday.


The Infosys board and Murthy have drawn battle lines, each holding ground on their stand. The controversy has hit investors’ sentiments and employee morale.


The company is yet to begin a hunt for the next CEO, which has to be completed before March next year, when Sikka, who now is the executive vice-chairman, will leave the company. Till then U B Pravin Rao would be the interim CEO.

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Airtel takes on Jio, plans rollout of Rs 2,500 4G phone by Diwali

Bharti airtel

Recently, Jio announced a 4G-enabled feature phone with smartphone like capabilities


LATEST NEWS  :  India’s leading telecom major Bharti Airtel is reportedly all set to take on Reliance Jio with its own 4G-enabled Rs 2,500 smartphone.


According to a report in Economic Times, Bharti in talks with mobile phone makers to launch the 4G-enabled smartphone bundled with voice and data services by Diwali. The report the phone will come with a bigger display, battery and camera than seen in other feature phones, and Bharti is in talks with brands like Lava and Karbonn to manufacture the device.


The 4G-enabled smartphone is touted to run Google Android operating system and will allow users to download apps available on Google Play Store. The smartphone will be co-promoted by Airtel but will not receive any subsidy from the telecom major. Instead, Airtel will bundle data and voice benefits to bring down the price of the smartphone.

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Crowded TV marketplace gets ready for Apple, Google & Facebook

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Scripted television is enormously expensive, so any commitment to it must be sincere



LATEST NEWSApple has more than $1-billion budgeted for original programming, Facebook wants its own version of “Scandal” and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a drama.


The three digital giants have signalled to Hollywood that they are serious about entering a television landscape that Netflix and Amazon shook up just a few years ago. Their arrival will make an already hypercompetitive industry even more ferocious. This year, there are expected to be more than 500 scripted TV shows, more than double the number six years ago.


Although there have been some signs that the industry’s output may plateau – cable companies like A&E and WGN have said they are getting out of the scripted television business – the entry of Apple, Facebook and Google into the fray almost guarantees that the volume of shows will continue to grow, even as viewers grapple with a glut of programming and an expanding number of streaming platforms.



With the prospect of a flood of tech money about to rush in, Hollywood has welcomed the news.


“If you ask the creative community if we’re going to be competitive, the answer is yes,” said Robert Kyncl, the chief business officer at YouTube, which is owned by Google.


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US-South Korea joint drills may bring catastrophe to region, says Pyongyang

NKorea, Trump trade nuclear barbs

The drills, lasting 12 days, seek to coordinate a response to a possible invasion by North Korea



LATEST NEWS :  North Korea on Friday warned that the controversial joint military exercises of South Korea   and the US, which are scheduled to start next week, could bring a catastrophe to the security in the region.


The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which will start on August 21, would “further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe”, according to a brief statement released by the North Korean state agency KCNA.



Every year in August, the South Korean and US forces jointly hold military exercises which include the world’s largest computer-simulated war games and involve several thousand troops from both countries, reports Efe news.


The exercises, which last 12 days, seek to coordinate a response to a possible invasion by North Korea.


Despite the defensive nature of the maneuvers, North Korea still criticises the operation every year and considers them as preparations for an attack of Pyongyang.


The statement came after a heated exchange of threats with Washington earlier last week.


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ASUS launches ZenFone Zoom S with dual rear cameras at Rs 26,999

ASUS ZenFone Zoom S (Photo: Twitter)

This phone is especially for photography lovers


LATEST NEWS :  Taiwanese electronics giant ASUS on Thursday launched its new ‘ZenFone Zoom S’ smartphone with a dual-camera for photography lovers for Rs 26,999.


The 5.5-inch device, available on Flipkart, comes with a 2.3X optical and 12 X digital zoom and 12MP dual camera setup on the rear and a 13MP front camera.



“On the onset of ‘World Photography Day’, ASUS India wishes to rejuvenate the passion and commitment of photography enthusiast by launching ‘ZenFone Zoom S’,” said Peter Chang, Regional Head, South Asia and Country Head, System Business Group-ASUS India, in a statement.


With a high-capacity 5000mAh battery onboard, the phone can last up to two days on a single charge, the company claimed.


Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, ‘ZenFone Zoom S’ comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.


The ‘ZenFone Zoom S’ features ‘ASUS SuperPixel Camera’ for low-light photography.


The device has an improved ASUS ‘TriTech’ autofocus system with new ‘Dual Pixel PDAF’ technology as one of its three focusing technologies along with the second-generation laser autofocus and subject tracking autofocus.


ASUS ‘TriTech’ automatically chooses the best technology to use depending on the subject, and achieves focus in an amazingly fast 0.03 seconds.

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10-year-old Chandigarh rape victim delivers baby after SC denies abortion


Mother and child were stable, adding newborn was in intensive care as it was underweight: Hospital


LATEST NEWS   :   A 10-year-old girl, who was raped by her uncle repeatedly, delivered a girl child in a government hospital here on Thursday, hospital officials said.


The mother and child were stable, hospital sources said, adding the newborn was in intensive care as it was underweight.



The rape victim was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 for the past two days as a team of doctors monitored her health.


The delivery took place through Cesarean surgery.


The Supreme Court had last month refused to allow the rape victim to undergo an abortion due to grave risk to her life.


A division bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud turned down the plea after the report of a medical board, set up by Chandigarh’s Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on the court’s orders to examine the pregnant child, warned that an abortion would risk the girl’s life.

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Just 10 days left to file GST return: A step-by-step guide to do it

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Last date of filing GSTR-3B for July 2017 is August 20 and for the month of August is September 20


Latest news :  Businesses can start filing their first tax return under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as the GST Network has started the facility for return filing and paying taxes on its portal.


The GST returns for July and August will be filed on the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) portal by filling up GSTR 3B form in which the taxpayer needs to provide consolidated details of outward supplies and input credit.


The taxpayer has to file a summary of self-assessed liabilities, input tax credit (ITC) and details of tax payment. The last date of the filing the GSTR-3B for July 2017 is August 20, 2017, and the same for the month of August 2017 is September 20.



Here is the process of uploading invoices on GSTN:


1.Type http://www.gst.gov.in and log into the GST portal with valid credentials.


  1. After doing so, go to perform the following steps by clicking on: Services > Returns > Returns Dashboard command.



  1. After the File Returns page, select the financial year and the return filing period (month) for which you want to file the return and click on Search.



  1. The File Returns page will appear. This page displays the due date of filing the returns, which the taxpayer is required to file using separate tiles. In the GSTR-3B tile, click the ‘prepare online’ button.

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