The Hindu Important Articles 20 April 2018

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SBI customers can draw Rs. 2,000 from PoS machines

Bank says it will not charge any fees for the facility
A day after claiming that the cash situation at automated teller machines (ATMs) is improving, State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, has urged its customers to withdraw money from the point of sale (PoS) terminals of merchant establishments.

As per RBI norms, a customer can withdraw Rs. 1,000 in Tier I and Tier II cities, whereas Rs. 2,000 can be withdrawn in Tier 3 to Tier 6 cities per day per card. The SBI said it would not charge any fees for the facility. The SBI has 6.08 lakh PoS machines, with 4.78 lakh enabled to dispense cash.

A day after claiming that the cash situation at automated teller machines (ATMs) is improving, State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, has urged its customers to withdraw money from the point of sale (PoS) terminals of merchant establishments.

As per RBI norms, a customer can withdraw Rs. 1,000 in Tier I and Tier II cities, whereas Rs. 2,000 can be withdrawn in Tier 3 to Tier 6 cities per day per card. The SBI said it would not charge any fees for the facility. The SBI has 6.08 lakh PoS machines, with 4.78 lakh enabled to dispense cash.

No surprises in U.P., Bihar Legislative Council polls

All 13 candidates in U.P. and 11 in Bihar elected unopposed
Thirteen candidates, including 10 of the Bharatiya Janata Party, were declared elected unopposed to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council on Thursday.

Two U.P. Ministers — Mahendra Singh and Mohsin Raza — and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s B.R. Ambedkar, who lost in the recent Rajya Sabha polls in the State to the BJP, were among those elected, apart from one candidate each of the Samajwadi Party and BJP ally Apna Dal (S).

In neighbouring Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Rabri Devi were among the 11 candidates declared elected unopposed in the biennial elections to the State Legislative Council. Among the winners, four belong to the RJD, three each to the Janata Dal (United) and the BJP besides one from the Congress.

“Today was the last date for withdrawal of nominations for 13 seats and since no one withdrew from the fray, all the 13 candidates were declared elected,” Returning Officer Ashok Chaubey said in Lucknow.

The BJP, which has 21 members after Thursday’s poll result, is still far short of majority in the 100-member Upper House in Uttar Pradesh. The SP now has 55 members, BSP eight, Congress two, Apna Dal (S) one and others 12, while one seat is vacant.

In Bihar, the ruling JD(U) and the BJP lost two seats and one seat respectively while the RJD gained three seats and the Congress one seat.

“All the 11 candidates were declared elected unopposed in biennial elections to the Legislative Council… I gave them certificates (for getting elected to the Legislative Council),” Bihar Assembly Secretary-cum-Returning Officer Ram Shrestha Rai said in Patna.

Poll timings extended by an hour, till 6 p.m.


Hoping to increase voter turnout in the elections to the State Assembly on May 12, the Election Commission has extended the poll timings by one hour across all constituencies in the State after apprehension of lower voter turnout owing to extreme heat conditions in some parts. The polls will now be held between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Source:- The Hindu

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