HYDERABAD SUNDAY OCTOBER 01, 2023 `12.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION RBI EXTENDS DEADLINE TO RETURN `2,000 BANK NOTES TO OCTOBER 7 The Reserve Bank on Saturday extended the special drive to withdraw `2,000 bank notes from the system by another week, till October 7 96% OF THE NOTES HAVE ALREADY COME BACK `2,000 NOTE TO REMAIN LEGAL TENDER The central bank said ever since it announced the decision to withdraw `2,000 notes on May 19, `3.42 lakh crore of such notes have been received into the system. That works out to 96% of the `2,000 bank notes that were in circulation, the RBI said. The earlier deadline to return was Sept 30. The RBI stopped printing `2,000 notes in financial year 2019 | P12 ■ ■ The RBI said the `2,000 currency notes shall continue to be legal tender even beyond October 7, but asked the public to deposit or exchange then without any further delay From October 8, the notes can’t be exchanged at banks. People have to visit one of the 19 offices of RBI to get it done, the statement said `20,000 PER TRANSACTION CAP DOES NOT APPLY FOR DEPOSITING IN RBI CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI `2 cr cash seized in ACB raid on tahsildar house EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths arrested the Marriguda tahsildar after raiding his residence in Nalgonda district on Saturday and seized items worth `4.56 crore, including `2.07 crore in cash. During the raid, ACB sleuths found a securely locked iron suitcase. To gain access, they used a drilling machine and found bundles of cash concealed within. Officials said a disproportionate assets case was registered against Mahender Reddy under Sections 13(1)(b) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. CONTINUED ON P5 EXPRESS READ Ind drubs Pak in hockey, ‘squashes’ it in ﬁnal India scripted history by recording its biggest-ever win in hockey against arch-rival Pakistan by defeating it 10-2 in a Pool A match at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Saturday. Additionally, India bagged two gold medals in the day, one in men’s squash by defeating Pakistan and one in mixed doubles (tennis) | P13 CANADA FALLOUT Indian envoy No choice but to UK heckled to stop visa by K-gang service: Govt Y E S H I S E L I @ New Delhi Y E S H I S E L I @ New Delhi INDIA’S High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Vikram Doraiswami, was on Friday heckled by a small group of Khalistani radicals in Glasgow, Scotland, in what the Indian mission described as disgraceful. The Sikh Gurudwara Committee in a Glasgow Gurdwara had organised a community reception for Doraiswami. A group of Khalistani activists from outside Scotland tur ned up, physically intimidated the local Sikh community and tried to attack Doraiswami in his car. Some others tried to film this flare up and share it on their social media accounts, Vikram saying ‘he was not welcome’. Doraiswami The person who heckled Doraiswamy, went on camera to say that they needed to protect their religious rights and were upset with what was happening in Canada. “This interaction was to discuss consular issues and community issues,” read a statement by the Indian High Commission in London. The organisers, who included senior community leaders and a member of the Scottish Parliament, were threatened by the three. To prevent the situation from escalating, Doraiswami left. THREATS to India’s diplomats in Canada and the risk in their going to the consulate offices was one of the reasons why India had to stop visa services for Canada, said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. “We were left with no choice but to stop visa services for Canada. There was a campaign targeting our diplomats who felt unsafe travelling to the consulates. Thereby we had to stop. This was a law and order issue. Under the Vienna Convention our missions and diplomats had to be provided with a safe cover,” said Jaishankar, during a press conf e re n c e i n t h e c i t y o f Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Washington. Jaishankar, who had mentioned that Canada was discussed during his interaction with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, said there was a difference of perception in the way the US and India looked at Canada. “When Americans look at Canada they see something, we in India see something else. It is important to talk it out. The US is close to Canada and a good friend of ours. They have our point of view, we have taken a reasonable stance,” he added. Coming in December 2023, PM’s 2047 vision document D I PA K M O N D A L @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a vision document for India in December later this year, according to highly placed gover nment sources. The government’s think tank Niti Aayog is believed to be working on it, which will draw a roadmap for resolving challenges that India will face in the next few decades. “The challenges of the old century (roti, kapda aur makaan) have been resolved. The focus will be on how to address the challenges of the future. The PM’s Vision 2047 will outline strategies for the future,” said a top government official. According to sources, old gover nment schemes are reaching saturation. “We have taken electricity to all villages, and all houses will have tap water connections by next year. With Ayushman Bharat, a large part of the population has been covered by health insurance. Now, it is the time for India to close the door of the last century and prepare for the problems of the next century,” said the official. I will be addressing a BJP rally in Mahbubnagar on October 1. The people of Telangana are tired of the lacklustre governance of BRS. They are equally distrustful of Congress. Both BRS and Congress are dynastic parties who have no aim of serving people -- PM Narendra Modi KCR will surpass guru NTR, be hat-trick CM: KTR EXPRESS NEWS SERVI CE @ Khammam WHILE former chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh NT Rama Rao brought pride to the Telugu people, CM K Chandrasekhar Rao is making the entire nation look at Telangana with astonishment, said BRS working president KT Rama Rao. He pre- dicted that KCR would become the first hat-trick chief minister of south India. He was speaking after unveiling an NTR statue, inaugurating projects and laying foundation stones for works in Khammam and Palair Assembly se gments on Saturday. The industries minister said that KCR entered poli- tics after being inspired by the late NTR, but anticipated that he would surpass the latter by becoming a ‘hat-trick CM’. “NTR was a great actor and a leader, but could not become a hat-trick CM. His shishya, KCR, will become a hat-trick CM with all the love and support from people and blessings of NT Rama Rao,” he comCONTINUED ON P5 mented.
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