Banks have no liability for loss of valuables in lockers: RBI

According to an RTI response by RBI, public sector banks cannot be held responsible in case of theft of valuables from lockers. Banks have contended that the relationship they have with customers with regard to lockers is that of a lessee and lessor, in which lessors are responsible for their valuables kept in lockers owned by banks.

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Avoid drinking with non-doctors: Medical association

According to reports, the Indian Medical Association has formulated a new alcohol policy for all its members, directing its members to refrain from drinking with "non-doctors" and become "brand ambassadors of health" for society. It also said alcohol shouldn't be served at IMA meetings and advised a "safe limit" for alcohol consumption. IMA also advised doctors to adopt 'practice what you preach' policy.

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Bihar aims to have dowry-free villages

According to reports, the Women's Development Corporation of Bihar is planning to run campaigns promoting 'dowry free villages' to train and motivate Panchayati Raj Institutions to take up the social cause. Its Managing Director said they will first train PRI representatives like mukhiyas, who will interact with local villagers. The villages or districts for the campaign's first phase are yet to be identified.

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Woman denied hotel room in Hyderabad for being single

According to reports, Nupur Saraswat, a 22-year-old NRI was denied a pre-booked room at a hotel in Hyderabad over a strange reason that she was a single woman traveller. "So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn't let me stay because they realised I was a single lady even after confirming the online booking," Saraswat wrote on Facebook. However, according to a screenshot posted by her, the hotel's official policy reportedly stated “Single lady not allowed,” thus prompting her to question travel portal Goibibo on how her booking went through if the hotel in question did not allow single women.

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Cable car accident kills five

According to reports, five tourists have been killed after a tree fell between the two cable car towers and snapped the cable in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Initial reports suggest that several tourists have been stranded inside the cable cars. The cable car service has been stopped, and rescue operations are underway. More details are awaited.

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RJD leader alleges life threat after failing to defend Lalu on TV

According to reports, Sanoj Yadav, a leader of Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal, has alleged life threat after he failed to defend his party supremo in a TV debate. Sanoj had reportedly appeared on a TV debate during which he couldn't put up a defence for Lalu in the corruption and benami cases. Meanwhile, reports have revealed that he was allegedly beaten by Lalu's son later.

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Aadhar not valid ID proof for travelling to Nepal, Bhutan: Govt

The Union Home Ministry on Sunday revealed that Aadhaar Card would not be considered as a valid ID proof for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan. Further, Persons over 65 and below 15 can show any documents, excluding Aadhaar, with photographs to confirm their age identity. However, Indians between 16 and 64 years of age, can travel to Nepal and Bhutan without the need of visas if they possess a valid national passport or election ID card issued by the Election Commission.

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Puri Jagannath annual Rath Yatra begins

The infamous annual yatra of Lord Jagannath from the temple in Puri, Odisha reportedly happened on Sunday. Notably, three new chariots have been created for the yatra of the Gods - Lord Jagannath and his siblings. According to reports, a congregation of about 10 lakh devotees participated in the yatra

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Indian Railways to use satellite-based tech in level crossings

Indian Railways is reportedly in the process of implementing Satellite-based chip systems to alert road users at unmanned level crossings. According to reports, the new safety system will be implemented on a pilot basis, starting with the Mumbai and Guwahati Rajdhani trains. Notably, India has 10,000 unmanned railway crossings which account for around 40 percent of accidents involving the railways.

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Over speeding car mows down two pavement dwellers

A speeding car reportedly ran over pavement dwellers on Saturday in North Delhi. The accident has killed two and left two others severely injured. The car reportedly dragged the two victims for about 50 metres before coming to a halt after one of its front tyres burst. The driver was arrested on the spot. According to reports, the driver was Harish, a guest teacher at a Delhi government school.

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Design 'Indian meals' to combat malnutrition: RSS think tank

According to reports, an RSS think tank has asked the Centre to design Bharatiya thalis (Indian meals) composed of locally produced and traditionally consumed foods to combat malnutrition. However, the think tank didn’t comment on the consumption of non-vegetarian foods. The Deendayal Research Institute also aims to popularise indigenous food items known for their health value.

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Indians top list of students opting for engineering, technology in US

Indian students have reportedly topped the list of choosing engineering, technology, science and mathematics courses in the United States. According to reports, India came second, following China, in sending 206,698 students to the US for studies last year. Notably, around 84 per cent of Indian students studying in the US had opted for science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Actor Dileep lodges complaint after blackmail phone call

Malayalam actor Dileep has alleged that he had received a blackmail phone call demanding him Rs 1.5 crore. According to reports, Dileep, along with his friend Nadhirshah, has registered a complaint with the police and added that the caller demanded the money for not involving Dileep’s name in a molestation case of a Malayalam actress.

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India beat Pakistan for 2nd time in World Hockey League

India registers the second consecutive win against the neighbouring country in the FIH World Hockey League Semi Final on Saturday. Ramandeep Singh and Mandeep Singh scored braces, while Talwinder Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored a goal each for India. India will now face Canada next to decide the fifth and sixth-placed teams.

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Man burns daughter to death for marrying against his wishes

According to reports, a man and his family in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad allegedly tied his 22-year-old daughter to a cot, doused her in kerosene and burnt her to death on Friday for allegedly marrying against his wishes. The incident took place when the victim was at her home with her two-year-old child and her husband's family had gone to a funeral.

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Nursery school holds monkey dance, Maneka Gandhi intervenes

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi opposed a Delhi school principal and removed him from his seat for organising monkey dance for its students. The school had advertised the event online, following which users informed Gandhi. The Rhesus Macaque monkey is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, and using it for entertainment invites a punishment of up to seven years' jail.

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Madhya Pradesh minister disqualified by Election Commission over paid news

According to reports, the Election Commission has barred Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra from contesting elections for three years over paid news allegations during 2008 Assembly polls. The complaint was filed by former Congress MLA Rajendra Bharti in April 2009. While Mishra had earlier approached the MP High Court seeking to quash the inquiry by the EC, his plea was rejected.

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Sushma helps Indian woman in Saudi forced into slavery

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helped an Indian woman in Saudi Arabia forced into slavery, asking the Indian envoy to look into the matter. Sushma tweeted a news article on Jacintha Mendonca, a nurse from Karnataka, and tagged the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, in the tweet. A demand of ₹4.1 lakh has been made to release Jacintha.

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Central ministers skip President Pranab's final iftar party

According to reports, no minister from the Union Cabinet attended President Pranab Mukherjee's last Iftar party as Indian President on Friday. Although Narendra Modi has not attended the Iftar party since he became Prime Minister, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have previously attended the annual event. However, Sonia Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the party held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Hindi is the identity of Indians: Venkaiah Naidu

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has reportedly courted controversy by saying, "The language Hindi is the identity of Indians". Naidu also reportedly said the widespread use of English language in our work and daily life is detrimental to the progress of the nation. Last week, Naidu came under scrutiny for saying 'Loan waiver has become a fashion'.

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