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A boon for travellers in Mumbai and Pune
 
This is also one of my favourites. I often wonder how I survived without it, so far. This app started as a guide to Mumbai but now has extended its reach to Navi Mumbai, Pune, Kalyan, Dombivli. The key function of this app is that it gives you the suburban train and bus timetables at the tap of a key! The train timetables are for Western / Central, Harbour / Trans-harbour lines. So, say, if you are at Andheri and are proceeding towards Churchgate, just fire up this app and it will show you all the trains going from Andheri to Churchgate, from the current time onwards. Further, you have an option of ‘Train Chat’—where passengers on the same train can chat with each other regarding the status, delays, cancellations, platform change information, etc. Local trains from / to Pune have also been included now. Timetables for express, metro and mono services are all available on this app.
 
For bus services, you can just enter ‘from’ and ‘to’ locations and you can find the bus routes which take you there. Besides, if you enter a bus route number, it will show you the entire route of the bus. This, again, is available for BEST (Mumbai), PMT (Pune), NMMT (Navi Mumbai), KDMT (Kalyan-Dombivili), MBMT (Mira-Bhayander), VVMT (Vasai-Virar) and KMT (Kolhapur) services in Maharashtra. As a bonus, you have the listings for cinemas / drama, picnic spots around Mumbai, railway megablock information, Indian Railways PNR status check, etc, etc. This is a must-have for the traveller in and around Mumbai and Pune. Please check on https://goo.gl/6Ougj8

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Banking more open to microfinance needs; 99 percent women borrowers
New Delhi : With women accounting for 99 percent of microfinance borrowers in India, a major change occurring in the financial system is the greater responsiveness of formal banking sector to articulated needs of the population, the government said on Tuesday.
 
"The culture is changing in India ... there is a greater responsiveness to the articulated needs of the people," Financial Services Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal said while addressing the South Asia conclave on Financial Inclusion here, organised by the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN).
 
Noting that the recent banking licences granted by the Reserve Bank of India to Bandhan Bank and other small financial institutions, Duggal outlined the future scenario for last-mile reach of finance to the needy.
 
"We're looking, in a time span of three to five years, at a hybridisation of delivery points, at high-touch banking institutions, with microfinance institutions being among them," she said.
 
The secretary said that borrowers of microfinance, of whom 99 percent are women, are now being referred to as such, and no longer as "beneficiaries", because they come with concrete business plans.
 
"We're looking at realignments in the banking sector, we're looking at chemists as banking points," she said, pointing out that a recent banking licence had been granted to a pharmaceutical company.
 
India is a "cradle of microfinance" with seven out of every 10 borrowers from the country and as many as 32 million borrowers in this category, of whom 99 percent are women, said MIN chief executive Ratna Vishwanathan.Bangladesh comes next with 22 million such borrowers.
 
She said the conference had deliberately chosen to open on International Women's Day on Tuesday. 
 
"The regional conference on financial inclusion looks at facilitating cross-learning among stakeholders of South Asia Micro-entreprenaurs Network (SAMN), and explore the role improved access to finance can play in unlocking the economic potential of the region by contributing to job creation, especially by promoting entrepreneurship among the youth and women," she said.
 
Duggal described the microfinance culture as one "coming from the heart" that has enabled "opening up the mind to what people can do".
 
"Microfinance institutions have given permissions to people, explicit and implicit, especially to traditionally disadvantaged sections like women. This impact has had the effect of motivating other people," she said.
 
She cited the example of the Mudra Bank launched late last year to develop entrepreneurship, particularly among the disadvantaged sections. 
 
Mudra, she said, had become a "runaway success" having already disbursed loans of Rs.1,15,000 crore.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Telangana, Maharashtra sign historic pact on irrigation projects
Mumbai/Hyderabad : Making a new beginning, Telangana and Maharashtra governments on Tuesday signed a historic agreement on construction of inter-state irrigation projects.
 
The agreement will facilitate construction of five barrages on Godavari river and its tributaries Penganga and Pranahita -- projects which have been pending for four decades due to inter-state river disputes.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai signed five MoUs, which will cover both the ongoing and new projects.
 
Chandrasekhar Rao, who took the initiative for the historic pact a year ago, was accompanied by Irrigation Minister Harish Rao, two other ministers, chief secretary Rajiv Sharma and other officials.
 
The important pact inked by the two states is for construction of Medigadda barrage as part of Kaleshwaram project, a component of the redesigned Pranahita-Chevella. It will tap about 160 TMC ft water from Godavari.
 
Under another agreement, Telangana will build Pranahita barrage as part of Pranahita-Chevella project near Tummidihatti in Adilabad district to irrigate about 2.5 lakh acres of uplands.
 
Other MoUs will cover construction of Chankha-Korata, Rajapet and Penpahad barrages as part of the inter-State Lower Penganga project across the Penganga river. The barrages are expected to create Aan irrigation potential of over 3 lakh acres, benefitting farmers of both the states.
 
The two states also signed a pact to constitute an inter-state board to solve all issues relating to projects agreed in the past and those to be built in future across Godvarai. It will monitor inter-state projects to be taken up under Godavari tribunal award 1979.
 
The chief minister of Telangana will be chairman of the board for one year while his Maharashtra counterpart will head it the next year. 
 
When chief minister of one state is chairman, the chief minister of other state will be vice chairman. 
 
Irrigation, finance, revenue and forest ministers of the two states, a representative of union ministry of water resources and some top officials of both the states will be members.
 
The board will have its head office in Hyderabad but the meetings may be held in Hyderabad or Mumbai.
 
Officials termed the agreement a model for the entire country to solve inter-state water disputes. The state gave up the confrontationist approach adopted by previous governments to move ahead with mutual cooperation.
 
Terming it as a historic day for both the states, Chandrasekhar Rao said as Telangana state was achieved after a long battle and people have lot of expectations, he wanted friendly and cordial relations with all neighbouring states.
 
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said with the grace of god, Godavari had plenty of water and two to four TMC water is going waste into the sea. "I have told this to Andhra Pradesh chief minister as well," he said.
 
Telangana is using the river water after Maharashtra and from Telangana, the river flows into Andhra Pradesh before joining Bay of Bengal.
 
Fadnavis said the irrigation projects were important for the development of both the state. 
 
"When countries are resolving water disputes amicably, why can't two states in the country can do this," he asked.
 
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Prakash Patel

9 months ago

This is good news. Most of the disputed issues can be settled with such positive and problem solving attitude.For example Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute is one of the issues. Border dispute with Bangladesh can be solved then why not interstate boundary dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka cannot be solved.

B. Yerram Raju

9 months ago


The foresight of both the Chief Ministers in resolving the interstate river water issues to mutual benefit is highly commendable. A country having only 4% of the total water resources of the world with 17% of the world's population to use it would need such initiatives among several riparian states on water - Tamilnadu-Kerala; Karnataka-Tamilnadu; AP-Tamilnadu etc.

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