Maharashtra government decided to withdraw the draft,
posted on its official website, and evolve a political consensus before
placing it for Cabinet approval.
The legislation proposes special security zones where
movement of arms, explosives and inflow of unaccounted funds will be
The draft Bill, if passed, will make Maharashtra the
first state to implement such a law, and came under fire from the Opposition
as well as Shiv Sena.
The draft has also come in for sharp criticism from
Mumbai citizens’ pressure groups, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)
and Police Reforms Watch (PRW), which question both the necessity and
justification for a new internal security law.
The Bill tried to deal with challenges of ‘terrorism,
insurgency, communalism, and caste violence’ , and does not differentiate
between the nature of the threats from each.
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) announced
that bank applications for the Unified Payment Interface have officially
become operational, which means that UPI apps of banks can now be downloaded
and used for transactions:
UPI is a payment system that allows money transfer
between any two bank accounts by using a smartphone.
UPI allows a customer to pay directly from a bank account
to different merchants, both online and offline, without the hassle of
typing credit card details, IFSC code, or net banking/wallet passwords.
The UPI app of 19 banks and it will be available on the
Google Play Store of Android phones in the next few days for customers to
It is safe as the customers only share a virtual address
and provide no other sensitive information.
Merchant payments, remittances, bill payments among
others.The per transaction limit is Rs.1 lakh.
A user can make an in-app payment for goods or services