Odisha asks banks to improve cash availability in cyclone affected areas

first_imgOdisha government has asked banks to improve cash availability to enable people in cyclone-affected districts to buy essential items.“Mobile ATMs have been sent to Puri by the State Cooperative Bank and SBI. Now seven mobile ATMs are functioning in Puri,” said Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi, after chairing a Special State Level Bankers Committee meeting here on Friday. “SBI will send 10 more ATMs. Cash availability is not a problem in the State.” Digital payment and cash withdrawal from ATMs were affected as power had not been restored in many areas ever since cyclone Fani hit Odisha on May 3. People were seen standing in long queues in front of the rare functional ATM counters in Bhubaneswar. Unavailability of cash had forced students to go back to their villages. Wage payment to daily labourers was affected.The Odisha government’s decision to hand out ₹2000 in cash as part of the Chief Minister’s package has proved to be of great help.The special State Level Banker’s Committee discussed the measures banks and insurance companies must take in cyclone affected areas. The SLBC resolved that existing loans would be rescheduled and fresh loans would be extended.“The loans may be rescheduled keeping in view the lower cash flow to SHGs and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Bankers would provide all assistance to bail out the tourism industry in Puri. Insurance companies would also relax the document requirements, simplify the process and expedite payment of claims,” it was resolved in the SLBC. The Chief Secretary urged the banks to operationalise all their branches in Puri by Monday. Banking has been largely unaffected in all affected districts except Puri.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is carried off the court by Michael Beasley, left, and Lance Stephenson after Ball sustained an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)LOS ANGELES — Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle.Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainers before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Seeing similarities between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather, Jerwin Ancajas confident Manny Pacquiao will beat ‘Money’ in case of rematch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes An MRI revealed a Grade 3 sprain, the team tweeted Sunday.James has missed the Lakers’ last 13 games with a strained left groin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLos Angeles hosts Golden State on Monday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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Nokia confirms new product launch on July 11, could be Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 Plus

first_imgHMD Global has taken to Weibo to announce it is holding an event in China on July 11. While the company has not explicitly confirmed the name, the poster confirms it will be a new Nokia X-series smartphone launch. This is largely expected to be the Nokia X5 that has been in the news for the past few weeks. The Nokia X5, which is tipped to be called the Nokia 5.1 Plus outside of China, will likely be the second notched Nokia phone following the Nokia X6.Late last week, a leaked poster suggested that the Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 Plus will launch on July 11 and the company has now confirmed the event. The phone has been leaked in renders and has passed through TENAA as well, all of which suggested its launch was imminent. Based on the renders, we expect the Nokia 5.1 Plus to sport a notch wider than the one seen on the Nokia X6. As per the TENAA listing last month, the Nokia 5.1 Plus will sport a 5.86-inch with HD+ display and will likely be powered by either a Snapdragon 600-series chip or a Helio P60 SoC. As for the cameras, the phone may come with a 13MP + 8MP configuration. The front could also see an 8-megapixel sensor similar to the Nokia 5.1. Lastly, the phone could house a 3000mAh battery, which is almost the same as the Nokia 5.1 so it seems the ‘Plus’ here isn’t going to be associated with a bigger battery.As for the pricing, a recent Baidu post claimed the Nokia 5.1 Plus or Nokia X5 will go on sale in China starting at CNY 799 (approx Rs 8,200) for the 32GB variant. There may be a 64GB version as well that could cost CNY 999 (approx Rs 10,300). There is no word yet on whether the phone will come to India, but considering how the company has brought most of its 2018 Nokia phones to the country, we can expect an India launch soon enough.advertisementSeparately, the Nokia X6, which was launched in China a couple of months ago, is all set to make its global debut with Hong Kong being the first stop on July 19. The Nokia X6 is expected to be called the Nokia 6.1 Plus globally and the phone has already some very positive responses so far, which is why HMD Global decided to launch to the phone outside China.ALSO READ: Nokia X6 all set to launch outside China as Nokia 6.1 Plus on July 19: Reportlast_img read more

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Sargent: USMNT hungry to ‘make America proud’

first_imgUnited States Sargent and young USMNT looking to ‘make America proud’ Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Ireland international friendly 2018 Dan Mullan United States Republic of Ireland v United States Republic of Ireland Friendlies The Werder Bremen forward believes the current U.S. squad is full of hungry players trying to prove they belong at the top Josh Sargent wasn’t in the starting side for the U.S. national team on Saturday, but he was on the pitch by the time Dave Sarachan’s outfit conceded a late goal to the Republic of Ireland to drop a 2-1 result in an international friendly. It was the first loss under Sarachan, who has turned to a very young group of players since taking over for Bruce Arena as the USA’s head coach. Saturday’s starting team had an average age of  23 years, 73 days, a bit up from the average age of the team from Monday’s 3-0 win vs. Bolivia (22 years, 160 days) in large part because the 18-year-old Sargent was replaced in the lineup by Bobby Wood.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite the youth movement, the USA has managed to be competitive, with Saturday’s clash against an experienced European opponent providing the first stumbling block, and Sargent believes there is a hunger in the team to prove that they can compete at the highest level. “I mean we’re all coming in here in the same position,” he told Goal after the match. “We’re all young kids hungry for a chance and to prove that we can compete with this guys.”We want to prove we deserve a spot on this team. We’re all hungry to play as hard as we can to make America proud.”While Sarachan has been handed the reigns on an interim basis, the future of the U.S. national team is still very much up in the air as the search for a full-time boss continues. But midfielder Weston McKennie, another of the teenagers in the team, is confident that the current crop of players will be able to deal well with whatever is thrown at them moving forward. 🗣Bobbbb🗣Beeeee🗣Wooood@MattMiazga3 with the flick on, @BobbyS_Wood with the finish! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/trvEGb0nkM— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 2, 2018 “We go into the games with a clear head. If you go into the games with a lot on your mind, it’s never healthy for your game and for your personal growth whenever you want to try new ideas,” the Schalke midfielder told Goal. “We don’t know what the situation is with the coaching staff, or how the future is going to look, but we’ll go with the flow and take what’s thrown at us.”We don’t know if the coach is going to be here after. If he is, then everyone is comfortable with him. If not, we’ll have to adjust and see where the next coach takes us. Right now, we’re just thinking about these games coming up next against France.”The match against a France squad in its final warmup ahead of the World Cup will likely provide the sternest test yet for Sarachan’s side. Les Bleus made easy work of Ireland on Monday and topped Italy 3-1 on Friday. The USA will have a week to prepare for the clash in Lyon, and Sargent is confident the team will show up ready to go against one of the world’s best teams. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge for us. We’re going to come out like it’s any other game and compete as hard as we can.”last_img read more

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