Demonetisation: 10 big revelations from RBI’s note to Parliament panel


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its reply to the Parliament panel on demonetization has said the decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes was a joint decision between the central bank and the government.
In details available exclusively with India Today TV, the RBI also said it considered printing Rs 5000 and Rs 10,000 notes.


  1. RBI says demonetization of high-value notes was a ‘joint decision’ between the government and the central bank.
  2. Demonetization’s primary objective was to crack down on counterfeit notes.
  3. RBI mooted introducing 5000 & 10,000 rupee notes as early as October, 2014 – a few months after Modi came to power.
  4. RBI said the Rs 2000 note was chosen in view of the inflation and to manage currency logistics.
  5. On why Rs 2000 note was not introduced in a phased manner, the RBI said the new design will ‘catch the fancy of the public’.
  6. Asked when the printing of new currency notes started, the bank said: June 2016.
  7. On what led to the final decision on demonetization, the RBI said new currency had reached critical minimum stock.
  8. The RBI said it had weighed in the cash crisis and understood that it might not be possible to replace notes fully.
  9. The RBI considered digital payment option to take a part of the cash crunch load.
  10. The RBI claims demonetization had no impact on its balance sheet.

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Virat Kohli reveals the best cricketing advice he received came from Sachin Tendulkar


The batting maestro played alongside Kohli towards the end of his career

What’s the story?

Newly-appointed Indian limited-overs captain Virat Kohli revealed that the best cricketing advice that he has got so far came from his hero Sachin Tendulkar. MS Dhoni’s decision to step down as limited-overs captain has meant the 28-year-old has been appointed as captain of the Indian team across all formats.

Kohli, who led the U-19 side to victory in the 2008 U-19 World Cup will now captain India in all formats beginning from the ODI series against England, which begins on January 15 at Pune. Speaking to Mandira Bedi during a talk show, Kohli spoke about the advice he got from Sachin.

“When I approached him about my game, the advice I got from was to believe in your own game and believe in the way you want to prepare and do not follow someone and that helped and from that onwards, I was really comfortable,” the Indian captain said.

In case you didn’t know…

Ever since he was given the Indian limited-overs captaincy, Virat Kohli has had a mixed bag off the field. While he was appointed brand ambassador of Gionee, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, he was removed from his post as brand ambassaor of Adidas as the sportswear manufacturing giant chose against renewing his contract.

The heart of the matter

The 28-year-old had a year to remember in 2016 as he scored over 2,500 runs, finished as the leading run-scorer in the calendar year and almost broke Rahul Dravid’s record of most runs in a calendar year by an Indian batsman.

One of the reasons why he has been at home across all formats has been his incredible ability to adapt and change gears depending on the situation and format. From being a player who doesn’t hit the ball in the air as a conscious effort in Tests to one that clears the ropes with ease, Kohli has certainly created his own unique style and followed Tendulkar’s advice.

Speaking about being given the captaincy across all formats, Kohli admitted that it was an honour that he was thought of as worthy of taking over from MS Dhoni. While he admitted that captaincy didn’t come as a surprise, he described the pressure as fun and not stressful.

What next?

After captaining the Indian team to a 4-0 series win over England in the Test series, Virat Kohli will hope to continue his stellar run in the shorter formats in the ODI series against England that begins on January 15. It will be interesting to see how the Indian team perform under Kohli’s leadership in the shorter formats.

Sportskeeda’s take

It certainly looks as though Kohli has taken Tendulkar’s advice to heart as he has created a name of himself with his unique style of batting, one which brought him over 2,500 runs in 2016 and established him as one of the stars of the modern game across all formats.

Source: Sportskeeda.


Virat will win more games as captain than I ever did: Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Friday, addressed the media for the first time after stepping down as India’s ODI skipper. Dhoni raised the curtains on why he finally chose to hand over the batons to Virat Kohli in limited-overs cricket.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Virat Kohli

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be featuring in the first ODI against England to be played on January 15 at Pune.

The 35-year-old batsman further revealed that the South Africa series in 2015 was, in his mind, last as limited overs skipper.

Here are the highlights from his conference:

  • Dhoni doesn’t believe in split captaincy–having two different captains for Tests and ODIs.
  • Dhoni said that to captain a side in Tests is more difficult than captaining a side in limited overs.
  • ‘Virat Kohli is ready to captain the limited overs side.’
  • He will do all he can to help Kohli with his captaincy and keep a close eye on the field positioning.
  • ‘It made no sense for me to continue. People even questioned me when I quit midway through the Test series in Australia. Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture.’
  • ‘In my mind, the series in India against South Africa was my last. After that it was pretty easy to judge why I went to Zimbabwe. Because of that finally, I told BCCI officially I won’t be captaining anymore.’
  • Dhoni spoke about how his role as a batsman changed over the years because he was needed down the order.
  • The erstwhile Indian captain said that he would have liked to bat at No.4 and could have scored more runs. He always considered that the team’s need is greater than his wishes.
  • Dhoni said as captain his aim was always to finish off the games.
  • Dhoni thinks that the present Indian team has the potential to win games everywhere and the pool of fast bowlers can do well in any condition.
  • ‘From the beginning of his career he wanted to learn and there was a hunger to win matches. He wanted to be in the middle of it all.’
  • According to Dhoni, Virat Kohli will win more games as captain than he did.
  • Dhoni said that this team could be the most successful Indian team ever and rewrite history.

Dhoni, who led India for over nine years, also asserted that wicketkeeper of any team is always a vice-captain, irrespective of whether he is announced vice-captain or not.

The wicket-keeper batsman, who made his ODI debut in December 2003 against Bangladesh in Chittagong, also said a lot of things did change since the time he took over the captaincy in 2007 to now.

“The requirement of the team has changed as well. No fixed batting order for me. The guys at the top did remarkably. I will change my role as per the responsibilities given to me. Depending on where I am batting, I will bat accordingly,” Dhoni said.

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Rahane, Pant whip England’s full-strength side


Young Rishabh Pant has a bright future ahead of him

Indian cricket appears to be in safe hands. On Thursday, India’s young ‘A’ team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, defeated a strong England XI by six wickets in the second practice ODI, chasing down the challenging 282-run target with more than 10 overs to spare.

Youngsters shone bright for the home team. Skipper Rahane stroked a fluent 91 (83b, 10×4, 1×6) while Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson gave him company with a languid 59. The opening pair added 119 before Jackson was dismissed.

There was, however, no let up in the scoring rate. Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman and India U-19 star Rishabh Pant hammered out 59 (36b, 8×4, 2×6) and partnered Suresh Raina (45, 34b, 7×4) in an electric 78-run stand.

England XI had earlier made a terrific start after winning the toss with half-centuries from Hales (51) and Bairstow (64). A tight spell of spin bowling from Parvez Rasool (3/38) triggered a miniature collapse for the visitors and reduced them to 198/8.

A last wicket association of 71 between Adil Rashid (39) and David Willey (38) helped England XI to 282, before the innings concluded 7 balls before its stipulated quota.

The teams now move to Pune for Sunday’s first of three ODIs.

Brief scores: England XI 282 in 48.5 overs (Jonny Bairstow 64, Alex Hales 51, Parvez Rasool 3/38) lost to India ‘A’ 283/3 in 39.4 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 91, Rishabh Pant 59, Sheldon Jackson 59, David Wiley 1/32)

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Bengaluru’s Hug Me harasser arrested; accosted girls, asked them to marry him

Close on the heels of the mass molestation that shocked Bengaluru on New Year’s eve, a 22-year-old was arrested for allegedly harassing girls and asking them to “hug” him.


The Police arrested a 22 years old construction worker for allegedly harassing  girls and asking them to hug him and marry him

The accused, who works at a construction site, is believed to be a drug addict too.

A 12th grade dropout, accused Manikantha accosted a college-going student on Tuesday morning near a swimming pool in Sadashivanagar.

He allegedly asked her to hug him and also marry him. The girl fled the spot and later filed a complaint with the local police.

Manikantha had earlier allegedly harassed a schoolgirl in a similar manner. The girl was on her way back from school when Manikantha accosted her. She raised an alarm and passers-by caught him, but he somehow managed to escape.


The bike which helped the cops trace Manikantha.

While fleeing the spot, he left behind his bike. The police used the bike’s registration number to trace him. They also checked the CCTV footage at the spot to identify the accused.

The Vyalikaval Police finally arrested him and booked him under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and under Section 354 of the IPC. Manikantha has been remanded in judicial custody.

Source: India Today

A two year old boy saves his twin from being crushed under dresser

A 2-year-old boy is being called a hero after saving his twin brother, who got pinned under a dresser that fell on top of him.


The scary incident occurred when the two boys were playing in their bedroom. One of the boys tried to scale the chest of drawers. He climbed into an open drawer and began to try and climb up, but the chest of drawers could not bear the little boy’s weight so it fell backwards onto him, pinning him underneath.

Seeing his brother harmed and trapped, the twin brother sprung into action. In the full video, the boy is pinned for a minute and a half before his brother figures out how to free him. Eventually, the little boy tries to lift the chest of drawers by himself, and succeeds in freeing his brother!

The moment was caught on a surveillance camera and a short clip of the boy freeing his brother can be seen below.

The little boy was very lucky he was not seriously hurt and that he had his brother there to help him.

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Fit and fabulous heroines

Bollywood heroines who are fitness freaks


Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty : The way she has maintained her body is droolworthy. She is perhaps the fittest celebs around.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone : The way Deepika works out everyday will motivate even a couch potato.

Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor : The way she dances and moves her body proves that there is no greater wealth in this world than health.

Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra : The way she transformed her body, gave fitness goals to the whole world.

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