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Demonetisation: Select petrol pumps to dispense cash up to Rs 2,000 from today

In a bid to ease cash crunch, the government on Thursday allowed dispensing cash of up to Rs 2,000 through debit card swipe at select petrol pumps.

"It has been decided that an amount up to Rs 2000 per day per person in cash can be dispensed against swiping of debit card from select petrol pumps where POS machines of SBI are already available," an official said.

The facility is going to be available on 2,500 petrol pumps.

POS machines are the machines which are generally used for debit or credit card transactions.

People have been facing huge issues following the cash-crunch with queues getting thicker in front of banks.

On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will be scrapped in a bid to curb black money.

Delhi: PM Narendra Modi to address inaugural session of Rail Vikas Shivir in Surajkund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the inaugural session of the Rail Vikas Shivir at Surajkund near New Delhi today.

The Indian Railways is organizing the three-day Shivir from today.

The aim of the Shivir is to generate numerous innovative ideas across most critical areas of the railway operations for substantial progress of this sector.

Such brainstorming and large-scale planning involving all railway employees is taking place for the first time in the 163-year-long history of the Indian Railways.

The Railway Ministry said the outcome of this camp would lead to rapid rejuvenation, transformation, modernisation, efficiency and productivity.

US: Donald Trump offers high-profile national security advisor job to Michael Flynn

United States (U.S.) president-elect Donald Trump has reportedly offered the role of national security advisor to Army retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; however, it was not immediately clear whether Flynn accepted.

Flynn, 57, who was a top adviser and high-profile surrogate to Trump during his campaign, enjoys tremendous access and credibility with Trump, especially because he's had several tours of duty on the battlefield.

He has, however, a long history of controversial remarks and was fired as President Barack Obama's director of the Defence Intelligence Agency in 2014, reports the CNN.

In his 2016 book 'The Field of Fight', Flynn wrote that he was booted from Obama's administration by "censors", who were unhappy that he'd told a congressional committee "that we were not as safe as we had been a few years back". However, U.S. officials said Flynn was pushed out because of his contentious management style.

Popular music torrent site, What.cd, has been shut down

An invite-only music torrent website, What.cd, has been shut down, nine years after it was launched. It was shut down after a raid by French authorities. The private tracker offered a vast collection of music - both legal and illegal - and was most popular for its strict rules around audio quality. The site followed in the footsteps of Oink, another torrent website that lasted from 2004 to 2007.

The Grand Tour's first show premiered on Friday

Amazon's new TV series starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May has launched. This comes 18 months after the trio's controversial exit from BBC's Top Gear. The controversy involved Jeremy Clarkson punching a producer.

The first episode of the series saw the trio taking their traveling studio tent to Dry Rabbit Lake in the Mojave Desert in California.

The first series will consist of 12 hour-long episodes with one coming out on Amazong every week. Till now, a total of 36 episodes have been commissioned by Amazon.

Nikki Haley being considered by Donald Trump for the post of Secretary of State

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is a leading contender for the prime position of being Donald Trump's secretary of state. Born as Nimrata Randhawa, Haley is the first minority and female governor of South Carolina. She is also the youngest governor in the United States. She's only the second Indian-American to serve at the helm of a US state.

Last week she was elected vice chair of the Republican Governors Association and now is being considered for a leading position in Trump's candidate.