Google Tez records 4 lakh active users within 24 hours of its launch

Google Tez, digital payment app launched in India touched the benchmark of lakh active users on within 24 hours. The app launched by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley on Monday saw a total of nearly 1.8 crore gross merchandise, a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Google tez, an app which allows the users to make the digital payments free of charge from their Bank accounts is being designed on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and is being made to work on the smartphones in the country. With a view of supporting the agenda of Digital India, the app is being made available in English and seven major Indian languages namely Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telegu.

In the partnership with four major banks – Axis bank,  HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India Google has put a step forward to explore the potential in the field of Digital payments in a developing nation.

On the occasion of launch Arun Jaitley said that the idea of Tez was in talks with Sundar Pichai, CEO Google from Januay, 2017. D.D Mishra, the Research Director, Tez stated that “It is too early to say whether it can be a game changer as evolution in this business is going to continue, but yes it has the capabilities to bring some disruption as of now.”


Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested by Mumbai Police

Dawood Ibrahim’s brother’s two aides and Ibqbal Kaskar were arrested on Tuesday by Thane police in linkage of an extortion case where they allegedly threatened a prominent builder and have extorted 30 lakhs and four flats in Dawood’s name.

Kaskar who was arrested from Dawood’s sister, Haseen Parkar’s house on Monday by an encounter specialist team is said to be a close relative of hers. He was interrogated till late Monday night ans was then formally arrested, stated by Thane’s Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh.

In the press conference, Singh said that they are enquiring if Dawood has any connection in the matter. According to the reports of The Hindu, after being threatened by the aide sent by Kaskar, Builder gave four flats worth 5 crore and 30 lakh in cash and three of the given flats were sold off.

The builder filed an extortion case few days ago at  Thane’s Kasarwadavali police station under IPC section 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion).

SOURCES: HT, The Hindu

No agreement on Indus Water Treaty : World Bank

The second round of talk between India Pakistan was held on  September 14-15 in Washington discuss the Indus water Treaty and the technical issues of the Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric power plants within its framework and  was concluded without an agreement.

In the official statement World bank stated,” “Both countries and the World Bank appreciated the discussions and reconfirmed their commitment to the preservation of the Treaty. While an agreement has not been reached at the conclusion of the meetings, the World Bank will continue to work with both countries to resolve the issues in an amicable manner and in line with the Treaty provisions.”

In the two day discussion, The Indian delegation was led by the Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjit Singh along with the representatives from It also had representatives from the Ministry of External Affairs and India’s Indus Water Commission. The World bank has shown its commitment to assist both the countries to solve the dispute and settle the issues in good faith.

In August 2017 India was allowed to build hydroelectric power plants on the Jhelum and Chenab Rivers after the first round of talks but Pakistan has opposed the design of the plant of technical grounds.


Business Standard , NDTV


Sports Ministry announce stipend to athletes preparing for Olympics, commonwealth and Asian Games

Rajyavardhan Rathore, the newly appointed sports minister, on behalf of the Ministry of Sports and youth affairs announced that 152 elite Indian Athletes preparing for Commonwealth games 2018, Tokyo Olympics and Asian Games will get a monthly allowance of Rs 50,000.

Rathore, a himself Olympic silver medal winner has took his twitter handle to announce the decision taken after considering the recommendations submitted by Olympic Task Force to the sports ministry on August 11 with an objective of improving India’s performance in Olympics.

While expressing his joy over the fact that India is thinking in the terms of ‘athlete first’ he said,” “This is just purely an out of pocket allowance so that whatever minor expenditures happen, they (athletes) have this money readily available to them. And they can focus on their training”

The athletes entitled to this allowance are selected under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme and the ministry will ensure that along with the stipend their strategic training and competition plans are crafted professionally. With the promise of granting them ‘suvidha and samman’ Rathore also announced that if required the selected athletes will get the further assistance for their training.

SOURCES: TOI , India Today

India sends out its relief to Rohingya Refugees

India sent 53 tonnes of relief materials for the lakhs of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Rakhine provine of Bangladesh under the operation ‘Insaaniyat.’ The relief material consists of items the packets of food staples namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits and some urgently required basic amenities like mosquito nets, tents etc. Bangladesh is currently facing huges problem due to huge exodus of muslims from neighboring country Mayanmar and settling in the former.

According to the reports India will provide 7000 tonnes of relief material to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali discussed the influx crisis in detail with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week. India’s stance on the issue was a reason for garnering flak and the first assistance came days after Dhaka approached India.

The external Ministry in New Delhi quoted, “In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, Government of India has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh.”

According to the UN reports, more than 379,000 refugees have crossed Bangladesh Border since the violence erupted in the country On Aug 25 and they also claimed that a brutal campaign was lauched against them in their own country.  UN has also made an emergency appeal for $77 million to address the Rohingya crisis.

SOURCES : The Wire  Economic Times

Telangana makes Telegu a compulsory Subject

In a controversy garnering move, Telangana Government passed an order containing that the all educational institutions, both public and private will teach Telegu as a compulsory subject from class I to class XII. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao declared on Tuesday that institutions which will falter to obey the order will de-recognized and collaborations will be cancelled.

A senior official from education department when asked about the decision said, “There is no second option for the schools, both in the government and private sector. They have to offer Telugu as a compulsory subject in every class. Those institutions refusing to implement the government decision will not henceforth get approvals.” Those who want to opt for Urdu, the subject will be offered as an optional.

The Telegu Sahitya Academy will prepare the Syllabus for the telegu subject to be taught all the levels, from primary to secondary and higher secondary.

Telangana is to host the World Telegu Conference from December 15, 2017 to December 17, 2017 and decision taken is being said to be taken in the consideration of same. An amount of 50 crore is allocated for the conference by the Telangana government.

SOURCES: TOI , The Hindu

India to file memorial at ICJ in Jadhav Case today

India will file a written argument at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, today.  India Today reported that, The ICJ will resume the hearing and India will hand over the memorial declaring violations of International law committed by Pakistan and reasoning the arguments for relief for Jadhav and will also highlight that the former Senior Navy Official was denied the consular access. It will also stress on the fact that Jadhav’s case was tried and fought on military court, not a civil one without any given legal help.

On May 15, 2017 India put forward the fear that Pakistan will execute Jadhav before the verdict of the apex court following which on May 18, UN top court passed the orders for Pakistan to not to execute Jadhav before they pass any judgment.

In June, the United Nation’s Judicial Body in The Hague gave India time till 13th September to submit its arguments against Pakistan’s charges.

Pakistan claims that they arrested  Kulbhushan Jadhav in March last year from the Balochistan province and had found him guilty on the account of Espionage and subversive activities. However India maintains that the former Indian Naval officer was kidnapped from Iran when he was touring the country for business purposes.

Pakistan, after denying consular access to India over 18 times, still maintains the stand that the ICJ has no Jurisdiction over Jadhav’s case. It has time till December 13 to present the counter-memorial.

SOURCES: India Today , Economic times