BELAGAVI THURSDAY DECEMBER 28, 2017 `5.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION CHEQUE BOOK OF SIX BANKS TO BE INVALID FROM JAN 1 State Bank of India has asked customers of its subsidiary banks to get new cheque books printed with new IFSC by 31 December, 2017 ARE YOU AMONG THESE A/C HOLDERS? FOR NEW CHEQUE BOOK AND IFSC CODE The accountholders of banks such as Bharatiya Mahila Bank, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Raipur, State Bank of Travancore, and State Bank of Hyderabad will now have to apply for new IFSC code and get their cheque books replaced ■ ■ You can visit the bank branch or even use the ATM or SBI’s mobile app to get a new cheque book SBI has changed the IFSC and name for 1,300 of its branches. Get your new IFSC code here: https://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/ uploads/files/RATIONALISED_BRANCHES_WITH_IFSC.pdf 37 crore POST-MERGER, SBI’S CUSTOMER BASE WILL ATTAIN 37 CRORES CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR With hiring at 5-year low, bank jobs losing sheen? S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Mumbai STATE-RUN banks, crumbling under the toxic loan pile, seem to be steadily losing some of their pop as one of the largest employers. Job creation in public sector banks saw a modest growth of just 1.3 per cent during FY17, a five-year-low, according to latest data. This is excluding the country’s largest bank State Bank of India (SBI), which saw a decline of 1.5 per cent, following its merger with associate banks in April. On the other hand, private sector lenders ticked a growth of 7.5 per cent, while the overall banking sector saw a marginal growth of 3.6 per cent in hiring during FY17 over the previous year. ` According to RBI’s ‘Statistical Tables Relating to Banks in India: 201617,’ nationalised banks, excluding SBI, have been hiring fewer employees every year for some time. For instance, state-run banks hired an average of 17,000 staff every year in the past five years, while private lenders hired nearly double – that is 31,000 every year. If the pace of employee additions among private players continues, they may soon overtake nationalised banks as the largest hirers. In 2012, government banks (excluding SBI) employed nearly five lakh, while private banks’ workforce comprised nearly half at roughly 2.5 lakh. But the gap is narrowing every year and as of FY17, nationalised banks employed 5.8 lakh, while private players employed up to 4 lakh. The slow pace of growth among government banks has been a drag on the sector’s employee growth, which saw an addition of a mere three lakh new jobs in six years between 2011-12 and 2016-17. The banking sector is one of the largest employers hiring over 13 lakh people and if the sector continues to add fewer jobs, it can derail the government’s one million jobs target. But, there’s hope that a turnaround is imminent. Both Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and RBI Governor Urjit Patel stressed that the government’s recent `2.11 lakh crore bank recapitalisation plan will not only improve credit growth, but also aid job creation. North-K’taka bandh near total, farmers set deadline for CM Mahadayi protesters demand govt take delegation to PM PETITION TO GUV Karnataka Raita Sena petitioned the Governor, Chief Minister Siddaramaih and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda TOURISTS STRANDED Protesters torch tyres during a protest over Mahadayi row at Rani Chennamma Circle in Hubballi on Wednesday | D HEMANTH E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru/ Hubballi THE Mahadayi row came to a boiling point on Wednesday with north Karnataka districts observing a bandh and the farmers on a protest in Bengaluru setting a deadline of January-end to the state government to take steps to resolve the issue. Normal life was hit in six north Karnataka districts following the bandh called by farmer groups over the delay in getting Mahadayi river water to meet the drinking water needs of the drought-prone areas of the region. The dawn-to-dusk bandh was called by Mahadayi Kalasa Banduri Nala Horata Samanvaya Samiti, an umbrella organisation spearheading the agitation. While it was total in Dharwad, Gadag, Bagalkot and Haveri, it received lukewarm response in Belagavi and Koppal districts. In Hubballi, the bandh was peaceful except for a few Kannada activists slitting their forearms at the city railway station. The police immediately swung into action and shifted the activists to Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences hospital. The Chennamma Circle in Hubballi became the epicentre of the protests as Numbers of tourists were forced to spend their their day in cars and buses. Tourists travelling from Hampi and Badami were the worst hit members of different organisations gathered there to demand settlement of the water dispute. Buses and autorickshaws remained off roads after 9 am and protests were held at all major junctions. Majority of the shops remained shut and protesters torched tyres and effigies. Protests also echoed miles away in the state capital Bengaluru, where Mahadayi protagonists and the BJP have launched separate agitations. The farmers of Karnataka Raita Sena demanded that the state government take an all-party delegation along with the farmers to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Sena, which withdrew its protest outside the BJP office, threatened to launch an agitation in front of the Chief Minister’s residence if their demands are not fulfilled by January end. Meanwhile, the state BJP unit staged a protest in front of KPCC office in Bengaluru, alleging that the Congress government was trying to reap electoral benefits by politicising the issue. A week after the state BJP triumphantly declared that it has found a solution to Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa, the move seems to have boomeranged on it. MAHADAYI WATER ROW:P8 Total employees HIRING SKEW State Bank of India Nationalised banks Private banks FY 17 13,01,703 2,79,923 5,79,603 4,03,178 FY 12 10,48,520 2,79,809 4,94,520 2,48,284 0 300000 600000 THE state forest department is keeping a close watch on a young adult tiger in Mudigere forests of Chikkamagaluru, which has lately been haunting human settlements. With wildlife activists raising objections on its capture, forest officials have clarified that there is no move to capture or relocate it. Local farmers have alleged that this big cat had attacked a farmer in Udase village who had reportedly sustained minor injuries. On December 3, the 2-2.5-year-old 1500000 Jadhav factor comes into play as Cong yields Arun Jaitley tells Rajya Sabha Modi did not mean to question Manmohan’s commitment to the nation AMIT AGNIHOTRI AND RICHA S H A R M A @ New Delhi HOUSE BYTES If they (Pakistan) consider Jadhav a terrorist... then they will treat him that way. We should treat terrorists in our country the same way Naresh Agarwal, Samajwadi Party We would not want any word to be said against the stature of the prime minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Asking a woman to remove her mangal sutra is an insult to the country M Thambidurai, AIADMK THE Congress party on Wednesday stepped down from its stand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise for alleging that former prime minister Manmohan Singh colluded with Pakistan to meddle in the Gujarat polls, saying justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy on death row in Pakistan, was a bigger issue. The change in the Congress’s stand came shortly after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said many statements had been made on all sides during the Gujarat elections and that Modi did not mean to question the commitment of his predecessor in any way . Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu too told the Congress leaders that they needed to resolve the “Manmohan issue” first if the EXPRESS READ Malegaon blast: MCOCA charges dropped against Sadhvi Pragya, Lt Col Purohit Mumbai: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt Col Prasad Purohit and six others will face trial under an anti- terror law in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case as the special NIA court here on Wednesday dismissed their applications for discharge. The court has, however, dropped provisions under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against all the accused. 661 fishermen still missing after Ockhi onslaught, Nirmala Sitharaman tells LS New Delhi: Defence forces and other agencies involved in rescue operation after Cyclone Ockhi battered southern India saved 845 lives, but 661 fishermen were still missing, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. In a written response to a question, Sitharaman said the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard saved the lives of 821 people until December 20. Government slashes interest rates on small savings schemes by 0.2 per cent point New Delhi: The government on Wednesday slashed interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, by 0.2 percentage point for the January-March period from the rates applicable in the previous quarter, a move that will prompt banks to lower deposit rates. At the same time, investments in the five-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been retained at 8.3 percent. Forest officials shoot down plans to capture Mudigere tiger male tiger had killed cattle – three animals in Udase village -- and the department had already paid the necessary compensation to the affected farmers. Further, camera traps have revealed (on December 4) the tiger feeding on the cattle. Activists from Mudigere said, “On Tuesday, Annegowda, a farmer in Udase village claimed he was attacked when he found the animal in the backyard of his house. However, when one sees the scratch marks on his back, it looks more like he has brushed against a tree while running away from the animal.” 1200000 Source: RBI WILD AND FREE M E E R A B H A R D W A J @ Bengaluru 900000 A senior forest official told Express that the last option is to capture this animal and relocate it and that too only if there is any problem to the human beings. He added, “We have instructed our staff to drive the animal back to the forest. As per standard operating procedures, cages have been kept. This young adult tiger, which has weaned away from its mother, is looking for a new area to establish its territory and in the process, has been sighted and camera trapped in the last two months.” In the background of criticism of capture/relocation of tigers, he added, “We have to assess the situation properly as the farmer has not sustained any attack from the tiger. Our efforts from today will be to locate it first and then drive it back safely away from human habitation.” party wanted the House to take up ill-treatment of Jadhav’s family in Pakistan. “We wanted to conclude the (Manmohan) issue. We did not want to continue this game for a longer period. If we kept on hammering this issue, we would have let go the government on other issues and save it from facing questions in the House,” leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said. “We are more eager to take up other issues. We would like to discuss the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, which is nationally and internationally important,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Congress disrupted proceedings in the Rajya Sabha as it has been doing for the past two weeks. “Let me categorically state that the Prime Minister in his statements or speeches did not question nor did he mean to question the commitment to this nation of either Dr Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister, or Shri Hamid Ansari, the former Vice-President. Any such perception is completely erroneous. We hold these leaders in high esteem as also their commitment to this nation,” said Jaitley . P11 SHOES OF JADHAV’S WIFE SENT FOR TESTS Pakistani authorities have sent the shoes worn by Kulbhushan Jadhavs wife Chetna for forensic tests to determine the nature of the suspected foreign object, a report said on Wednesday. The authorities were ascertaining if the “metallic object” in the shoes was a camera or a recording chip, Pakistan Today quoted the Foreign Office (FO) as saying.
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