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Despite loss of Jobs Demonetization is a big hit Survey Says.


By DailyO

On November 8, 2016, at 8pm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were in circulation at the time would not be valid as legal tender from midnight.

The aims of the demonetisation drive, as presented in the government’s official discourse, were to curb counterfeiting and terror financing, reclaim illegitimate wealth (or black money) stored in cash, and eventually facilitate a nationwide transition to a “cashless” economy.

While the government has achieved mixed success in accomplishing the goals, with average approval ratings of 83 per cent, it seems to have succeeded in convincing the nation’s public of its merit.

A report by All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (AIMO) released on January 9, 2017, claimed that demonetisation had resulted in up to 35 per cent loss of jobs and 50 per cent drop in revenue across industrial sectors, from micro-small scale industries to medium and large scale industries, with far greater losses predicted in the near future – but recent data suggests that demonetisation is still wildly popular across demographic segments.

FourthLion attempted to investigate what public perceptions were regarding demonetisation, through a variety of polling tools. The polling tools included three rounds of IVR polling, the first using numbers from an in-house database, next using random digit dialling for the remaining two rounds of IVR polling, and finally a nationwide field survey – in order to determine whether there is a difference in support for the ban between mobile phone users and rural Indians who do not have mobile phones, and are likely lower-income and more cash dependent.

The first IVR telephonic interviews were conducted nationwide in eight languages (Hindi, English, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Tamil, Telugu) among Indian citizens from November 24 to 27, 2016, using FourthLion’s proprietary instaVaani IVR tool. This revealed that 87 per cent of respondents approved of demonetisation, 82 per cent thought that the currency ban would be effective to recover black money, and an equal proportion of respondents said the ban had either a positive effect, or no effect on them.

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More surprising were the results from populations that might have been expected to be negatively impacted, such as rural Indians (85 per cent approval), those who do not own a vehicle (84 per cent approval), women (80 per cent approval), those aged 60 plus (77 per cent approval), and those who prefer to pay in cash (81 per cent approval). The lowest approval ratings were in Kerala with an average 62 per cent, but this was still the majority, as it was with the other demographic groups that had lower than average approval rates.

Next, using random digit dialling (RDD), FourthLion ran two more waves of IVR telephonic interviews adding two more languages (Gujarati and Bengali), thus covering the ten languages (Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Odiya and English) that are cumulatively spoken by over 90 per cent of Indians. Utilising RDD and telecom operator circles (to ensure appropriate geographic distribution), FourthLion ensured that every Indian mobile phone in the country had an equal chance of being included in instaVaani’s survey.

The results of these matched those from the survey conducted using FourthLion’s database, with a vast majority of those polled supporting demonetisation in both waves (80 per cent and 82 per cent in the two respective waves).

A significant finding from the two separate waves of IVR polling (RDD) was that the per cent of respondents claiming to prefer cash payments over other modes of transaction dropped from 65 per cent in the first wave to 55 per cent in the second wave, with cheque or card transactions accounting for the difference.

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However, another significant insight from the two waves of polling was that there was a decline from wave 1 to wave 2 in the number of respondents who claimed to believe that demonetisation would be effective in reducing the black money that is currently in circulation – this is perhaps because of news stories or personal experience with people who have been able to convert black money, etc.

From 82 per cent believing it to be effective in wave 1 to 77 per cent in wave 2 being lower than approval rates, suggests that people’s support for the initiative is not being driven by its effect on corruption alone.

Finally, FourthLion in partnership with Hansa Research ran field surveys across the country to capture the sentiments of the parts of the population without access to a mobile phone of any kind. This survey was run in the rural areas of 17 of India’s 29 states (Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh), the other 12 were excluded due to the relatively smaller size of their respective rural populations.

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The total sample size for this survey was 1,020, with an equal number (12) from each individual village. The results of the field survey were very similar to those from the other polling mediums. There was an overall average of 80-82 per cent approval for demonetisation, with slightly fewer respondents believing that the initiative will be effective in retrieving black money in comparison with the IVR results.

The same proportion said that it has either had a positive effect or no effect on them or their families despite an overwhelming 96 per cent of rural respondents without phone access polling that cash was their preferred mode of transaction.

While there may have been slight aberrations in the samples used for the surveys when compared to demographic realities in the country, it was found that applying weighted averages did not significantly affect the results or their implications.

FourthLion even used A/B test question wording to analyse the possibility that strong support for the noteban might be driven by strong personal approval for Narendra Modi, and found that including the PM’s name had a minutely positive impact on support – a mere 2 per cent difference in respondent support between the two question variants.

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This could be interpreted in two ways. One, it could mean that demonetisation is popular for its own sake, not as a pet scheme of the prime minister. Two, including his name specifically made little difference since people in any case closely associate the scheme with him.

If it is the latter, one could adduce that Modi’s approval ratings remain high. His approval ratings have been between 74-82 per cent in previous instaVaani surveys.

In conclusion, a vast majority of Indians approve and support demonetisation, but a slightly smaller majority believe it will curb or recover black money. Furthermore, while demonetisation has had little effect in reducing the preference for cash transactions among rural citizens without mobile phone access, it has demonstrably increased the appeal of cashless transactions for the rest of the sampled population.

It would be reasonable to suspect that incoherence from the opposition parties in their argument against the initiative and the fact that the Modi administration has masterfully controlled the narrative surrounding the move have greatly contributed to the popularity of demonetisation and the ruling government.

Furthermore, one can assume that the lower income groups rest assured in the knowledge that their losses will not be as great as that of the “rich”, but what is certain is that “a little self-sacrifice for the greater good of the nation at large” is an idea that resonates strongly with Indians.


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Bangaluru beats Shanghai and Silicon Valley to become world’s most dynamic city.


The fellow residents of Koshy’s, Ramachandra Guha, Nandan Nilekani and Kiran Shaw might not know this, but their city has one more thing to be proud of.

Bangalore has been ranked the world’s most dynamic city on an index that captures a city’s economic changes and its ability to sustain it. Hyderabad also makes it to the Top 10, ahead of London, and Chennai and Pune to the Top 20, but environmental factors push Delhi and Mumbai to the 23rd and 25th spots.

The real estate services firm JLL’s annual City Momentum Index (CMI) ranks cities across the world by the speed of change of the city’s economic and real estate market and the city’s potential to sustain this dynamism. The index is intended to “identify change and highlight which cities or metropolitan areas may be best at positioning themselves to compete in today’s ever-changing economic landscape,” Jeremy Kell, research director at JLL, wrote in a blog post for the World Economic Forum.

The index has 42 ingredients across three key areas; socio-economic factors including GDP, population, air passengers, corporate headquarters and foreign direct investment account for 40% of the ranking. Commercial real estate momentum measured through changes related to construction, rents, investment and transparency in the office, retail and hotel sectors accounts for another 30%. Innovation capacity and technological prowess, access to education and environmental quality accounts for the remaining 30% of the index.

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Technology and innovation, and a city’s capacity to support it, drove Bangalore to the top spot this year, a JLL press release said, and pushed India – with six cities in the top 30 – ahead of China. More than half of the top 30 are in the Asia-Pacific region.

London fell from its top spot to sixth position (full details of the rankings and the causes of changes within them were not yet available). A “shift into high-value activities” also propelled Bangalore and Hyderabad ahead of other tech hubs. Dynamic labor markets helped drive “emerging megacities,’ like Delhi and Mumbai, but “this group faces significant infrastructure and quality of life issues, with high levels of inequality, congestion and pollution hindered by weak city governance,” JLL said.

With full details of the rankings expected on February 1, it wasn’t immediately clear how “liveability”, “affordability” and environmental concerns–of serious concern to Bangalore’s residents–were factored into the rankings. A study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Sciences had estimated that Bangalore would be “unliveable” and “dead” in five years on account of environmental degradation and poor planning.


 


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Yesterday, Obama called Modi and thanked him- Know why.


Outgoing US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank him for his partnership that enhanced the relations between India and America, the White House has said.

Obama spoke on the phone with Modi on Wednesday to thank him for “his partnership” and to review joint efforts of cooperation including defence, civil-nuclear energy, and enhanced people-to-people ties, a readout of the telephonic conversation between the two leaders said.

“Recalling his visit as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2015, President Obama wished the Prime Minister warm congratulations ahead of India’s upcoming 68th Republic Day anniversary,” the White House said.

“Both leaders discussed the progress they have made on shared economic and security priorities, including recognition of India as a major defense partner of the United States and addressing the global challenge of climate change,” it said.

Obama was one of the first leaders to congratulate Modi after his electoral victory in May 2014 and immediately invited him to visit the White House.

The two leaders met at the White House in September 2014. Since then they have met each other for eight times. This is a record for leaders between India and America.

According to Assistant Secretary of State for South and central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal, the two leaders share a very warm relationship.

“They have a great deal of personal camaraderie. But they also have a great deal of respect for each other for the leadership and the values and the integrity of each other’s approach,” Biswal told PTI in a recent interview.

“You have seen from President Obama that appreciation of Prime Minister Modi in words that he has used to describe him including in that Time magazine profile of the Prime Minister. You have seen that Prime Minister Modi’s appreciation of President Obama, of his values, his leadership style which the Prime Minister has used to describe the President,” she said.

She said that it is not a relationship that just came about that day when President called Prime Minister-elect Modi to congratulate him.

“The seeds of this relationship were actually sown many many decades earlier,” Biswal had said.


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Set Back for Kejriwal- CBI registered cases against Manish Sisodia & Satyender Jain.


In a major setback to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today registered cases against some of the top ministers over alleged wrongdoing. While the biggest blow came when a case was registered against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, another was was also logged against kin of Satyendra Jain. While allegations of corruption and nepotism have been flying thick and fast ever since the Kejriwal government took office, this step by the CBI has brought the cases right to the doorstep of the top echelons of the government.

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The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry against Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged irregularities in the so-called TalkToAK campaign. The complaint was filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government and it said that a consultant of a public relations company was hired to promote “Talk to AK” (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) campaign and Rs 1.5 crore was expected to be the used for this purpose. CBI alleged that the Principal Secretary had raised his objects but the government did not pay heed. This has put Sisodia under the scanner. Sisodia on his part reacted by tweeting, “Welcome Modiji. Take the challenge. I will wait for your CBI at my home and office tomorrow morning.” This was followed by another from Kejriwal: “Wow Modiji! You take bribe and register cases against us. Steal and also be audacious about it. This is why I call you a coward. When you are losing Goa and Punjab, you have started the CBI game”. He added another post: “It seems Modiji has lost it. Prime Minister of the country has only this to do. He is after us”

On the other hand, CBI has also registered a PE in the appointment of Saumya Jain, AAP minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter, who was appointed as advisor to Delhi government’s Mohalla Clinic project.

The move had led to the Lt Governor’s office recommending a CBI probe in the matter. Jain had earlier rejected the allegation of favouritism, saying she had worked voluntarily and not a single paisa was given to her. She had then quit in July after nepotism accusations arose. Jain had then retorted, “We have done nothing wrong. She was not given a single paisa. She had offered to work voluntarily and we had taken her service. Let them probe the matter”.


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Shame: Christian Girl threw acid on her Hindu boyfriend for not converting.


The game of Conversion is killing India. Hindus have been facing and surviving this game of conversion since past 1200 years. The main agenda of Mughals was to convert ‘Idol Worshipers in India’ while same was the agenda of Britishers as well. They looted us not just in monitory terms but also tried devastating us religiously. These conversions lead to the formation of Pakistan

Things should have changed after independence but it has lead to a more fierce situation. Christian Missionaries have increased and made their reach to every part of India. And most loathed of these missionaries are those who are taking up the job of nurses in hospitals and converting those who are in desperation.

Read what happened in Bangaluru:

A jilted lover threw acid on her boyfriend and then slashed his face with a knife in the city on Monday night, as he was reportedly taking too long to decide on marrying her and refusing to convert to Christianity.

The accused Lydia, 26, is a resident of Srirampura and a nurse at a private hospital on Ali Asgar Road.

The police have arrested the woman, who is a nurse, and are on the lookout for her cousin, who helped her in the crime.

The accused Lydia, 26, is a resident of Srirampura and a nurse at a private hospital on Ali Asgar Road. The victim, Jayakumar, 32, is a resident of Prakash Nagar, who runs an apparel shop near Ali Asgar Road. He has sustained acid burns on his neck and knife cut wounds on the face.

The police said that Lydia (in pic) met Jayakumar when she had gone to his shop over five years ago. They soon fell in love and started meeting each other regularly. Lydia reportedly kept asking him to marry her and also to get converted to Christianity. In November last year, Jayakumar agreed to marry her, but refused to convert to Christianity which had led to a fight between them. Later, Jayakumar had stopped taking her phone calls. “An upset Lydia decided to teach him a lesson, and sought her cousin Sunil’s help. A week ago, she had spirited away an acid bottle used for cleaning and a blade from the hospital. On Monday evening, Jayakumar and his friend Padmanabh had gone to Rajarajeshwari temple,” the police said.

Lydia got information about Jayakumar’s whereabouts from one of his family members. “Lydia and Sunil, who knew the route taken by Jayakumar, went on a scooter and lay in wait near Attiguppe bus-stop. As Jayakumar and his friend, who were returning home, passed Attiguppe around 8.30 pm, the cousins started tailing them. As they approached Pipelane Road, Lydia, who was riding pillion, threw acid on Jayakumar through his car window,” police added.

“Jayakumar, who was in intense pain, got out of the car. Lydia, who was waiting with the blade, slashed his face. As Jayakumar fell down, the accused sped away, while Jayakumar’s friend rushed him to hospital and alerted the police. Lydia was picked up from her house, but her cousin is absconding,” police said.

Lydia reportedly told cops Jayakumar had been in love with her for five years, but was taking too long to marry her and convert to Christianity. The police have booked the accused under 326A, 307 and other sections of the IPC.


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This man pretended to be Pakistani Minister for 6 years, and whole nation believed.


Every morning as we wake up, the world turns slightly more bizarre than the one we left last night. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, in comes a news that will blow the roof off your head.

In today’s bizarre news, a man named Salamat Ali Chauhan has been arrested after posing as Pakistan’s Minister of Financial and Consumer Affairs for 6 years. That’s 6 years of pretending to be a minister.

How hard is it to ask someone “who’s that guy”?

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Salamat Ali Chauhan, apparently the smartest man in Pakistan.

To be fair to the Pakistani government, Salaman Ali Chauhan was really REALLY good at his con. He mingled up with the ministers before the Nawaz Sharif government was set to take over the ministry and even managed to fool the PM himself.

Interestingly, he had been writing letters to the PM and other ministers to cooperate with him in eradicating the country’s unemployment. Tbh, that seems like more work than actual ministers do. But the most interesting part is that Salamat Ali Chauhan had once written to the District Coordination Officer (DCO) to provide him with security, as he was a minister, and the DCO referred his request to the police.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan revealed that Mr. Chauhan also requested for office space and staff in Chamba House Lahore so he could legitimize pretending to be a minister.

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Throughout his communication with fellow ministers using a fake identity, no one bothered to verify his credentials in the last 6 years.

In what seems to be an anti-climax, Salamat Ali Chauhan has been arrested by the FIA and moved to an undisclosed location for further investigation.


Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif thinking hard on how to stop this news from spreading.

Something tells us the current Pakistani government will remember the name Salamat Ali Chauhan for years to come.


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Aatif Aslam stopped his concert mid way to save a girl being eve teased in the crowd.


One of the biggest markers of a progressive society is the way it treats its women. Molestation, domestic violence, honour killings are still rampant. The Bengaluru mass molestation incident is still fresh in public memory and so is David Guetta’s cancelled concert and the inability of the authorities to safeguard women. Amidst the disheartening atmosphere, singer Atif Aslam took a stand against eve-teasing, setting a clear example for all the other men out there.

Performing at a concert at DHA Sports Club in Karachi, the singer spotted a young girl in the audience who was being eve-teased by a group of men, standing next to her in the crowd. Signaling the other artists to stop the music, Aslam paused the concert and called out to the group of men who were misbehaving.

Tumne kabhi ladki nahi dekhi hai? Tumhari maa behen bhi ho sakti hai yahan par.” [Haven’t you seen a girl before? It could have been your mother or sister here.”]

He instructed his team to rescue the girl and together they pulled her onto the stage and immediately escorted her backstage.

Eve-teasing or any kind of assault should never be acceptable, no matter the time, place and circumstance. It is time all of us start reacting, and raise our voice if and whenever we witness eve-teasing.


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Sukhbitr Badal asks Sidhu a very legit question, Know it here.


Chandigarh, Jan 15 (PTI) Hours after Navjot Singh Sidhu joined Congress, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the “over-rated comedian” must explain to Punjabis as to why he was trying to befool them into voting for the party just days before the Assembly polls after “missing from the state for seven months”.

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Sidhu while leaving the BJP had claimed that the Akalis did not let him enter Punjab, he said.

“Now please tell the people what stopped you from entering Punjab and meeting Punjabis after resigning from the Rajya Sabha seven months back? Its obvious your commercial interests in Mumbai were more important to you than the people of the state. Even now you have waited till the last minute to stake a claim in Punjab politics. What can be termed as bigger opportunism than this?” Sukhbir alleged.

Terming Sidhu as a “first class opportunist and carpetbagger”, he said it was obvious his ambition had got the better of him.

“This is why he stabbed his former self-proclaimed guru Arun Jaitley (Union Finance Minister) in the back by opposing the latters candidature from Amritsar,” the SAD president said.

He claimed Sidhu left the BJP when it was made apparent to him that he would not be anointed as its undisputed leader in Punjab.

Lately like “fellow comedian” Bhagwant Mann of AAP, Sidhu had also started nurturing ambitions of becoming the chief minister of the state, Sukhbir alleged.

“This is why he held protracted negotiations with both AAP and the Congress before joining the latter today. AAP had promised the Deputy CMs chair to Sidhu. It is obvious he has been given a better deal by Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

Terming Sidhu joining Congress a “non-event”, the SAD president said the party would soon realise the comedians “real worth”.

“Except for eliciting a few laughs like Bhagwant Mann does, he has no other role to play in the elections. The Congress would have been better served if it had hired a popular comedian. I say this because Sidhus arrogant behaviour and ego will spell doom for the Congress in the Majha region. All the seats in Amritsar are as good as lost for Congress as Congressmen will never accept someone who had heaped scorn and abuse at them till a short while ago,” he said.

Sukhbir urged Punjabis to evaluate Sidhus behaviour and past record and decide whether he could be trusted with their vote or support ever again.

“This man has taken more turns than any cricket pitch in the world. From singing praises to the SAD-BJP combine, he has courted the AAP and has now landed on the lap of the most hated Congress party. His shelf life in the Congress is also likely to be very short”, the SAD president said. PTI VJ ANB.


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Check the Dowry amount Yogeshwar Dutt got for his marriage. You will be stunned.


Star Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who made India proud by winning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, has set an example for the society by accepting a dowry of just Re. 1 for his marriage.

Yogeshwar Dutt sets example for society, takes Re 1 as dowry ahead of January 16 wedding

Nicknamed as Yogi, the wrestler floored societal customs and won millions of hearts all across India with a move which can’t even be rewarded with a gold medal.

The star grappler is all set to tie the nuptial with the daughter of Haryana’s Congress politician Jaibhagwan Sharma — Sheetal — on January 16.

Speaking to TOI on the matter, Yogeshwar said, “I saw my family struggle to collect dowry for the girls of the family.”

“As a result, I decided on two things while growing up — I will excel in wrestling and I will not accept dowry. My first dream has been realised and now it is time to keep my second promise,” he added.

Yogeshwar Dutt got engaged to Sheetal Sharma on Saturday in Rohtak and as per his mother, the family accepted a Re 1 token from the bride’s family.


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Girl searched “How to commit suicide”. What Google did next was appreciable.


Traumatized and depressed, a 24 year-old girl decided to commit suicide when her boyfriend left her. After getting a government job, the boy came under family pressure and left the girl. After such a drastic incident, all that the girl could think of was suicide. She decided to end her life by jumping in the Yamuna canal which is 4km away from Saharanpur.

 

Just before jumping she suddenly decided to search for an easier method to end one’s own life.

She searched “How to commit suicide” on Google. Fortunately, instead of showing the methods, the search results showed “Suicide Helpline Numbers”.

 

Instead of thinking more, she dialed one of the numbers that appeared on the mobile screen. The call was received by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, who convinced her to get counseling.

According to DIG Jitendra Kumar Sahni,

On January 3, I got a call from the girl on my public number. She was quite nervous and was about to end her life. She told me she had even searched how to kill herself on Google. Among the search results, she told me, she found my number. I heard her out and told her to come to my office so we could talk about it in detail.

After some time, the girl reached the DIG’s office, where she told her story. She was depressed and out of her mind. All she wanted was to end herself.

 

The DIG asked  the station officer of the women’s police station to take the matter in her hands and give counselling to the girl. The female inspector got in touch with the boy and talked to the couple to search for better options for a better future.

Technology saved this girl’s life and Google should get all the appreciation for listing suicide helpline numbers for such searches instead of the methods.


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