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December 16, 2015
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 WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT DECLARES 10% DA HIKE FROM JANUARY 1, 2016

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The West Bengal Government on Monday announced a 10% hike in Dearness Allowance for the state government employees with effect from January 1, 2016.A notification issued by the state Finance Department today said the whole time state government employees drawing upto 80,000 salary would draw Dearness Allowances at the rate of 75% with effect from January 1, 2016.


HARYANA PANCHAYAT POLLS TO BE HELD IN JANUARY

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The much-awaited Panchayat polls in Haryana will be held next year in three phases on January 10, 17 and 24, State Election Commission said on Tuesday. The election process would be completed by February 15, 2016.


BUDDHIST POPULATION DOWN BY 75 PER CENT IN KARNATAKA

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The religion-wise enumeration in the 2011 census for Karnataka throws up a startling fact: the State, which had the second highest number of Buddhists in the country, has seen a staggering 75 per cent decline in the population. Arid districts of North Karnataka, which saw a “dramatic rise” of Buddhists in 90’s through conversion of Scheduled Castes, have now recorded the largest drops. Bidar and Kalaburagi districts — where 2.75 lakh persons or 70 per cent of the state’s Buddhist population — now have just 48,000 self-professed followers.


KARNATAKA HAS HIGHEST STILLBIRTH RATE

Karnataka, which has been doing fairly well in managing and reducing other health indicators, has the dubious distinction of having the highest stillbirth rate — 12 deaths per 1,000 births — in the country, according to the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) 2013. The State’s perinatal mortality rate stands at 30 per 1,000 live births. This, too, is higher than the country’s average of 26 per 1,000 births. Stillbirths and perinatal mortality are the only two health indicators where Karnataka fares badly.


INDIA VIGILANT ON SECURITY FRONT: PM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it clear that while India is committed to engaging Pakistan in high-level dialogue in order to bring stability and peace in the region, it will “continue to judge the progress on their commitments on terrorism” and will not lower its guard on the security front.


‘CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE TOP KILLER’

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The data shows that overall, cardiovascular disease is the top killer, accounting for 23 per cent of all deaths in 2010-13 as compared to 20 per cent in 2004-06. The proportion of infant and child deaths to total deaths has come down substantially, and improved healthcare has meant more deaths in the 70-plus age group instead. Non-communicable diseases account for more deaths in India’s richer States than in its poorer States. Among neonatal and infant deaths, prematurity and low birth weight have become progressively biggest causes of death as more institutional deliveries have meant fewer birth trauma-related deaths.


TRANSACTIONS ABOVE RS. 2 LAKH NEED PAN FROM JANUARY 1 TO CURB BLACK MONEY

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The government has made it mandatory to quote PAN (permanent account number) for all transactions in excess of Rs.2 lakh, regardless of the mode of payment, to curb black money.The new rule, effective from January 1, will cover purchases of all goods or services, such as say gold jewellery or furniture. This includes all payments made through cash, cheques or debit or credit cards. In the case of immovable property, where quoting PAN is currently required for transactions of Rs.5 lakh, the government has decided to raise the monetary limits to Rs.10 lakh. It raised the monetary limit to Rs.50,000 from Rs.25,000 in the case of hotel or restaurant bills paid at any one time, and for bills on account of overseas travel. The limit is being raised to Rs.1 lakh from Rs.50,000 for purchase or sale of shares of an unlisted company.


SAUDI ARABIA UNVEILS ‘ISLAMIC MILITARY ALLIANCE’ AGAINST TERRORISM

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Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations- including powers such as Egypt and Turkey – to coordinate a fight against “terrorist organisations”.  The alliance was announced by Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s defence minister and deputy crown prince, on Tuesday.Arab countries such as Qatar and the UAE will join the coalition, as well as Middle Eastern, Asian and African states including Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Nigeria.


NUMBER OF BILLIONAIRE WOMEN ON THE RISE

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The number of women billionaires in the world is rising fast, with a growing number of them from Asia and self-made, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said in a study released on Tuesday.There are nearly seven times more women billionaires than 20 years ago and their average wealth has nearly doubled to $4.3 billion — topping the average $4 billion net worth of male billionaires, the bank said.UBS tallied 1,347 billionaires globally but declined to name any of them.


PUNE PICKS DHONI, RAJKOT RECRUITS RAINA

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni will wear a non-Chennai Super Kings jersey in the Indian Premier League for the first time when he turns up for the new Pune franchise, owned by Sanjeev Goenka’s New Rising, in the next two editions.It will also be the first time that Dhoni and Suresh Raina, the highest run-getter in the IPL, will square up against each other after the left-hander was bought by the Rajkot franchise, owned by Intex Technologies, as its marquee player during Tuesday’s player draft for the two new teams at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s clubhouse.