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Kanpur: Four Punjab National Bank officials suspended after Rs 42 lakh was found rotten in currency chest

The notes were kept in an iron currency chest when they got drenched in water.

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Kanpur: Four Punjab National Bank officials suspended after Rs 42 lakh was found rotten in currency chest

A significant discrepancy in the currency chest made in the Punjab National Bank’s Pandu Nagar branch in Kanpur led to the suspension of four PNB employees.

Have you ever heard of rotten currency notes? But it has actually happened in Punjab National Bank, where Rs 42 lakhs were found wet due to water seeping into many boxes.

The notes were kept in an iron currency chest when they got drenched in water. However, three months ago during an audit, the matter of rotten currency came to light but the bank kept mum regarding this issue.

The main currency of the Punjab National Bank branch is in Pandunagar. According to the reports, the prescribed norms for keeping cash were not followed. About three months ago, water entered the box kept on the floor, and the notes kept at the bottom got rotten due to moisture.

Recently, when RBI inspected this chest, the notes were found to be rotten. Apart from this, moisture was found in some of the boxes that were opened. Since then the investigation was going on to know the actual number of rotten notes.

Although the bank initially estimated the amount to be between two and four lakhs, the final tally was 42 lakhs. There was a commotion when this was revealed, and the report was sent to the headquarters.

The chest was examined by the bank’s zonal audit and vigilance team. Bank reports claim that the employees were under pressure to pay Rs 42 lakh to resolve the issue. On refusal late Wednesday evening, senior manager of currency chest Devi Shankar, manager Asharam, chest officer Rakesh Kumar and senior manager Bhaskar Kumar Bhargava were suspended.

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PM Modi releases special commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination at NCC rally

Reports said around 196 officers and cadets from 19 foreign countries have been invited to participate in the event in the true spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

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PM Modi at NCC rally in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the annual NCC PM rally at the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi and released a commemorative specially minted Rs 75 coin denomination.

The Rs 75 crore has been released to mark the 75th successful year of the National Cadet Corps. PM Modi also released a special Day Cover at the event.

The NCC rally will also include a cultural programme on the theme Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. Reports said around 196 officers and cadets from 19 foreign countries have been invited to participate in the event in the true spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Earlier, PM Modi released a commemorative coin of Rs 75 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organisation. The coin was released as an ode to the relations between India and the United Nations agency.

For those unversed, the commemorative coins cannot be issued in general circulation, however, citizens can get them if they want. These coins are released to celebrate special occasions in India and can be issued as a mark of respect for prominent individuals and monuments.

India’s first modern commemorative coin was issued in 1964 that depicted the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to mark his birth anniversary. Indian mints including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Noida have released commemorative coins and these can be issued for general circulation in specially marketed packages.

The lower denomination coins are for general circulation and their metal composition is in line with the regular coins. While the higher denominations are composed of silver and are used for collection purposes only.

To get commemorative coins, people can visit the website of IG Mint Mumbai, IG Mint Hyderabad, and IG Mint Kolkata and place an order. The payment for these coins can be done either by Demand Draft in favour of INDIA GOVERNMENT MINT (UNIT OF SPMCIL) COLLECTION A/C or by Debit/Credit Card (VISA and MasterCard).

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Have you been to Amrit Udyan?

The garden will be open for general public from January 31 to March 26

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The central government has changed the name of the Mughal Garden located in Rashtrapati Bhavan. In view of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the government has changed the name of Mughal Gardens to Amrit Udyan. Significantly, before this, the names of the roads built in the name of many Mughal rulers in Delhi were also changed. Aurangzeb Road was renamed as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

The garden will be open for general public from January 31 to March 26

In a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, it has been said that Amrit Udyan (Mughal Garden) will be open for the public till January 31 to March 26 this year. After this, it will be opened on March 28 only for farmers and on March 29 for differently-abled people. After this, on March 30, the garden will be open for the families of police, security forces and army. During this, visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers present here. Significantly, there are 12 types of beautiful tulip flowers in Amrit Udyan (Mughal Garden). The garden is soon going to open for the common people. Many types of beautiful flower plants have been planted in this garden. Of these, tulips and roses are the centre of attraction for most people.

Entry available only through online pass

In a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, it has been said that only those people will be allowed to go to Amrit Udyan, who will bring the pass through online advance booking. It has been said in the statement that for security reasons, there will be no walk-in entry facility as a precaution. Significantly, last year also there was no walk-in entry facility. Even then only those who had made advance online bookings were allowed to enter the garden.

Time to visit the garden

The garden will remain open from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets will be issued only for 7,500 people from 10 am to 12 noon to visit the Amrit Udyan. After this, passes will again be issued to 10,000 people to visit the garden from 12 to 4 in the evening.

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Tripura Assembly Elections: BJP announces candidates for 48 seats, Congress pitches 17

Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha will contest from Bordowali constituency whereas Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik will contest from her native Dhanpur Seat.

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Ahead of Tripura assembly elections, the incumbent BJP announced their candidates for 48 seats on Saturday. Opposing Congress have also fielded candidates for 17 seats. The assembly elections for the 60-member Tripura assembly is due on February 16.

As per the reports, the Bharatiya Janata Party, out of the 48 fielded nominees, have pitched 11 women. The candidates for the rest of 12 seats, after pitching for 48, have not been announced yet by the saffron party. The remaining 12 seats which the BJP are yet to field for include two prime constituencies – Agartala and Suryamaninagar and the other 10 are the tribal reserved seats.

Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha will contest from Bordowali constituency whereas Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik will contest from her native Dhanpur Seat. Bhowmik lost the last elections against the former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

BJP Tripura’s state chief Rajib Bhattacharjee will contest from Banamalipur seat whereas the sitting MLA Moboshar Ali, who recently jumped ships and joined the BJP from CPI (M), will contest from Kailashahar constituency.

The six MLAs that were dropped by the BJP include Arun Chandra Bhowmik (Belonia), Biplab Ghosh (Matabari), Subhash Das (Nalchar), Mimi Majumder (Badharghat), Birendra Kishore Debbarma (Golaghati), and Parimal Debbarma from Ambasa).

It was reported that all the nine ministers including the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma got the party tickets to contest from their respective constituencies.

The BJP has only released their first list and the second list for the remaining 12 seats will be released soon.

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Congress’ Candidates

The Congress party that will be fighting in alliance with Communist Party of India (Marxist) against the incumbent BJP have fielded their 17 candidates. Congress’ senior leader Ashish Kumar Saha will contest from Bardowali constituency against Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha.

Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman who was a former BJP minister will be fighting from Agartala constituency. Congress has fielded Raj Kumar Sarkar for Badharghat Constituency who is pitched against her sister Mina Sarakar by BJP.

Congress’ alliance CPI(M) had also released the list of 43 seats

Check the whole list of candidates below

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