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Government releases Socio-Economic and Caste Census
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday released the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) and said that it would be an important input for policy makers.
 
"The progress which households in India have made, who are the ones who have qualitatively moved up in terms of quality of life, a document of these will be an important input for all policy makers, both at the Centre and in the states," Jaitley said while releasing the SECC here.
 
"I am sure that with the enormity of the schemes and their reaches that all governments have, this document will form the basis of helping us to target groups to support in terms of policy planning," the finance minister added.
 
The data addresses the multi-dimensionality of poverty and provides a unique opportunity for a convergent, evidence based planning with a Gram Panchayat as a unit, a finance ministry statement said.
 
The data is an opportunity to make evidence-based selection, prioritisation and targeting of beneficiaries in different programmes, the statement noted.
 
According to the statement, a total of 1.24 crore claims and objections were received of which 99.7 percent have already been resolved.
 
"The Ministry of Rural Development has taken a decision to use the SECC data in all its programmes. SECC data would have meaningful use in Housing for all, Education and Skills thrust, MGNREGA, National Food Security Act, interventions for differently able, interventions for women led households, and targeting of households/individual entitlements on evidence of deprivation," a government release said. 

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Dwarkanath Kotnis's sister Manorama is dead
Manorama S. Kotnis, a sister of the legendary medico and doyen of India-China friendship, late Dwarkanath S. Kotnis, has died in her Mumbai suburb home, a family friend said here on Friday. She was 94.
 
She had been ailing for sometime. She died late Thursday night at her Vile Parle residence.
 
The funeral rites were performed at a crematorium here on Friday morning, said former Congress legislator Krishna Hegde.
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping had met and felicitated her at a function in New Delhi in September 2014 during his visit to India.

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Telecoms to roll out full number portability from July 3
Telecom service providers were on Thursday all set to roll out pan-India mobile number portability (MNP) from July 3 in line with the government mandate, thus enabling customers across the country to retain their mobile phone numbers while relocating between states.
 
Prominent telecom service providers -- Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular and MTS India -- confirmed they would implement full MNP from July 3 -- the deadline laid down by the Department of Telecom.
 
"Today, not only has mobile phone become an essential part of our lives, but also the mobile number has equally become an indispensable identification for each one of us. With our complete readiness to launch MNP, we aim to empower customers to retain this identity as they move anywhere in the country," said Ajai Puri, director, market operations, Bharti Airtel.
 
"To facilitate a seamless transition, we will also allow our customers to enjoy free incoming on roaming while their number portability request is being processed," he added.
 
"MNP service allows the customers to carry their existing numbers across India and also choose the operators of their choice. Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP rolled out in 2011. We look forward to a similar response this time," Vivek Mathur, chief commercial officer, Vodafone India, said.
 
Vodafone India has a pan-India base of over 184 million customers serviced through a network of more than 130,000 sites, of which over 35,000 are 3G sites.
 
"RCOM (Reliance Communications) is ready to roll out mobile number portability nationally from July 3, 2015 onwards, and this will allow our customers to retain their mobile numbers in any part of the country and continue to enjoy our best-in-class network and services," a Reliance Communications spokesperson said.
 
"Reliance Communications will also be offering attractive and aggressive plans for both its pre-paid and post-paid customers, as well as customers porting in from other networks, to ensure that this is a seamless and easy transition," the spokesperson added.
 
Similarly, MTS India said the company was fully geared up to comply with the deadline.
 
"The move will enable MTS India to quickly and efficiently process all number portability requests. The implementation of MNP is bound to set new benchmarks in customer service standards within the Indian telecom sector," an MTS India spokesperson said.
 
Idea Cellular claimed it was the MNP leader with over 14 million net gain of customers so far, through intra-circle MNP services.
 
"As a result of Idea's growing network presence, focus on customer-centricity, and a strong brand-connect with the audience, our MNP leadership has grown consistently ever since our services were launched in 2011," said Sashi Shankar, chief marketing officer, Idea Cellular.
 
"We are confident that the strong brand stickiness and growing preference will continue to benefit us as we now extend this service on a pan-India basis, enabling users switching cities to retain their numbers," he added.

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