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India Post Payments Bank will begin nationwide rollout in April

India Post Payments Bank will begin nationwide rollout in April

Finance
India Post Payments Bank will begin its nationwide rollout in April, the government said on Saturday, refuting reports of revised or delayed timelines. "India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) Expansion Programme continues to make brisk progress and a nation-wide roll-out is scheduled beginning April 2018. No decision has been taken to revise the timelines as reported in some sections of the media," the government said in statement. "Once the proposed expansion is completed, IPPB will be providing the largest financial inclusion network in the country, covering both urban as well as rural hinterland with ability to provide digital payment services at the doorstep with the help of Postmen and Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS)," the statement added. IPPB will also enable more than 17 crore active accoun...
15 sports, 102 medal events, 17 days – 'coldest' Winter Olympics set to begin

15 sports, 102 medal events, 17 days – 'coldest' Winter Olympics set to begin

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device XXIII Olympic Winter GamesVenue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 FebruaryCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage timesThe 23rd Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang on Friday and are set to be the coldest in history.The build-up has seen relations thaw between North and South Korea, with the countries fielding a joint women's ice hockey team, while there has been controversy over the 169 Russian athletes set to compete as neutrals.Team GB have sent a record 59 athletes to South Korea - three more than at Sochi 2014 - and are aiming for their most successful Winter Games, with a medal target of five or more.Over 17 days, m...
Hamdallah visits Gaza to begin reunification with Ramallah

Hamdallah visits Gaza to begin reunification with Ramallah

World
Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Monday visited Gaza for the first time in two years to begin the process of reunifying Hamas-controlled Gaza with leadership in Ramallah.Hamas, a fundamentalist governing body, took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, but last month dissolved and invited the PA to take control.."I call on everyone without exception to embrace the leadership, reconciliation and national unity, and to put our national interest above all narrow party considerations and interests," Hamdallah said Monday after passing through the Erez Crossing to enter Gaza.Hamdallah said reconciliation would bring greater international support for the Palestinians."The world will not stand by the side of a torn and divided people regardless of the justice of its i...
Historic Brexit negotiations begin in Brussels

Historic Brexit negotiations begin in Brussels

Business
By Mark Stone, Europe Correspondent in Brussels, and Alessandra Rizzo, Political ReporterBritish and European Union negotiators have begun historic talks on Britain leaving the bloc - with both sides seeking to strike a positive tone.Speaking in Brussels, Brexit Minister David Davis said London wanted a "new, deep and special partnership" in the interest of Britons and all Europeans."There is more that unites us than divides us," he said, adding that Britain was looking for a "positive and constructive tone" in the talks.The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said he hoped they could agree a format and timetable on Monday.The former French minister said his priority was to clear up the uncertainties that the Brexit vote had created.The start of the talks - almost exactly a year after t...