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Tripura: Deputy Chief Minister’s victory in Charilam constituency almost certain after CPI(M) bails out

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    From Our Correspondent

    Agartala | March 14, 2018

    Security measures across Charilam constituency in Tripura have been tightened as the counting and the result of the by-poll elections will be declared tomorrow on March 15. The counting will be conducted in 12 counting places and it will begin from 8 am. The rooms are under strict vigilance and protection under the observation of Central Armed Forces and the security of the whole area has been geared up.

    “80.79% voting was completed at the Charilam Constituency, a total of 29750 voters have cast their votes at Charilam”, informed Chief Electoral Officer, Taranikanti.
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    The victory of BJP candidate and the newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister of the state Jishnu Devvarman is almost confirmed as the main opposition party CPI(M) has withdrawn their candidate from the election as a mark of protest against the post- poll violence that occurred in the state.
    Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarman has taken the charge of Finance, Rural Development and Power portfolio’s.

    SBI closes 41.2 lakh savings accounts for not keeping minimum balance

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      March 14, 2018

      State Bank of India has closed as many as 41.16 lakh savings accounts between April-January in the current fiscal year for not maintaining the average monthly balance, reveals an RTI query.

      Last April, the nation’s largest lender had re-introduced the penal charges on non-maintenance of average monthly balance after a gap of five years. Later in October, it had revised down the charges to some extent.

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      “Due to provisions of penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance, the bank has closed 41.16 lakh savings bank accounts between April 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018,” the bank replied to an RTI query filed by Chandra Shekhar Gaud from Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh.

      Even though the reply was furnished by the state-run lender on February 28, 2018, the bank today steeply reduced the penal charges on not maintaining the minimum balance.

      The reply was to a specific query on the number of accounts being closed after introduction of charges on non- maintenance of minimum balance from April 1, 2017.

      The State Bank has 41 crore savings bank accounts. Of that, 16 crore are under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana/basic savings bank deposit (BSBD) and of pensioner, minors, social security benefit holders which are all exempted from the penalty for not maintaining of the minimum balance.

      Between April and November 2017, the bank had netted a windfall of Rs 1,771.67 crore, more than its second quarter profit, from customers for non-maintenance of minimum balance, according to the finance ministry data.

      On Tuesday, the lender reduced its charges for non- maintenance of average monthly balance by up to 75 per cent.

      The bank has reduced the penal charges for non- maintenance of AMB in the metros and urban centres from a maximum of Rs 50 per month plus taxes at 18 per cent to Rs 15 a month and taxes. For urban and metro customers average monthly balance is of Rs 3,000 per month.

      For semi-urban and rural centres, the charges have been reduced from Rs 40 to Rs 12, and Rs 10 per, respectively. The MBA requirement for semi-urban area is Rs 2,000, while for rural centres is Rs 1,000.

      The bank offers its customers the option to shift from regular savings accounts to BSBD accounts on which no charges are levied, he added.

      Source: Times of India

      Tripura Ragging case update: NIT- Agartala sets up fact-finding committee; 5 suspended, 2 barred from exams

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        TNT News | Agartala | March 14, 2018

        After the brutal case of ragging that surfaced in NIT Agartala meted out to a 17-yr-old student from Arunachal Pradesh Dui Doji on March 11, a group of juniors from the same university, reports have just surfaced that the administration of NIT-Agartala have set up a fact finding committee to look into the matter. Sources also informed that the administration has taken action against 5 students leading to their suspension and out of these 5, two students have been banned from giving semester examinations too.

        ALSO READ: NIT Agartala ragging case: Demand for justice grows louder as case gets murkier

        This comes a day after a group of students from the same institute voiced their demands to provide justice to the victim.

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        A heavily traumatized Doje is currently undergoing treatment in Guwahati after suffering ruptured ear drum and multiple fractures.

        French security expert hacks Aadhaar app in one minute

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          March 14, 2018

          The Supreme Court on March 13 decided to stay the deadline for the mandatory linking of Aadhaar to your bank account and mobile number. And a good thing too, considering how insecure various aspects of it have proved to be. French cybersecurity researcher Baptiste Robert, who hacked into the Aadhaar android app earlier in January, has now posted a video online, detailing just how to crack into the app in just over a minute.

          “For this attack, the attacker need a physical access to the phone,” Robert said in a tweet. However, he does specify that the phone doesn’t even need to be rooted to exploit this vulnerability. And yes, we’re talking about the latest version of the app.

          Robert seems to be hell bent on trying to disprove the UIDAI’s insistent claims that Aadhaar systems are secure, and it’s the second time around he’s done so.

          It’s a bigger slap in the face that this hack only requires a few lines of code, something that should not be possible for a national documentation system of every human being in the country, complete with biometric data and bank accounts. And once complete, the hack takes you right to the password reset page in the app.

          You don’t even need to enter your Aadhaar number or old password to do it.

          Tripura: Follow Nalanda’s mission to improve education quality says CM

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            AGARTALA, March 14, 2018: Biplab Kumar Deb, CM of Tripura on Tuesday underlined the need to improve the quality of education by following the model of the ancient Nalanda University.

            Tripura: BJP leader says ‘no’ to beef ban in state

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              AGARTALA, March 14, 2018: BJP leader Sunil Deodhar, clarifying his stand on beef ban in Tripura said that states in which beef is consumed by majority population, the ban should not be imposed.

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