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Now, update mobile number on Aadhaar at doorstep with postman’s help

Now, update mobile number on Aadhaar at doorstep with postman’s help

India
New Delhi, July 20 Individuals can now update mobile numbers on their Aadhaar cards at their doorstep with the help of a postman. India Post Payments Bank and Unique Identification Authority of India under an arrangement will allow postmen to update mobile numbers of Aadhaar cardholders. The service will be available through a network of 650 India Post Payments Bank, 1.46 lakh postmen and Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS). "The mobile update service of UIDAI through the ubiquitous and accessible network of post offices, postmen and GDS will help in actualising IPPB's vision of serving the underserved and unbanked areas, and bridging the digital divide," IPPB Managing Director and CEO J Venkatramu said in a statement on Tuesday. At present, IPPB is only providing mobile update service and will v...
Uzbek man held at Delhi airport with Rs 12L worth US dollar in biscuit packets

Uzbek man held at Delhi airport with Rs 12L worth US dollar in biscuit packets

India
New Delhi, July 20 An Uzbekistan national was nabbed by CISF personnel from the Delhi airport on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle out around Rs 12 lakh worth US dollar by concealing them in biscuit packets, officials said. Passenger Ulugbek Esanov was intercepted early morning when he arrived at Terminal-III of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to take a flight to Tashkent. "A total of USD 15,000 (worth about Rs 12 lakh) were found concealed in biscuit packets kept in his hand baggage. "The passenger prima facie could not furnish any reason for carrying such a big amount of cash and hence was detained and later handed over to Customs authorities for a detailed probe," a senior Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer said. — PTI
NIA charge-sheets one more accused Vijith Vijayan in Kozhikode Maoist case

NIA charge-sheets one more accused Vijith Vijayan in Kozhikode Maoist case

India
Tribune News ServiceNew Delhi, July 20 The anti-terror federal probe agency NIA on Tuesday said it had filed a charge-sheet against arrested accused Vijith Vijayan alias 'Musafir" in a special court in Ernakulam in connection with the Kozhikode Maoist case. Officials in the agency said the NIA charged 26-year-old Vijith Vijayan, a resident of Wayanad district of Kerala and an alleged CPI (Maoist) terrorist, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The officials said the NIA investigation revealed that Vijayan was an active member of CPI (Maoist) and was part of the publication division. He was instrumental in translating the documents of CPI (Maoist) and facilitating recruitment for the banned organization, they added. "Furt...
Sero-survey: Two-thirds Indians have coronavirus antibodies

Sero-survey: Two-thirds Indians have coronavirus antibodies

India
Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 20 The government has unveiled fourth Covid sero-survey that reveals the proportion of people who have already been infected. Survey shows 67.6 per cent people — two-thirds of all when extrapolated nationally — have Covid antibodies, meaning one in three still vulnerable. The survey showed 57.2 per cent children have antibodies as against 67.6 per cent adults. ICMR said primary schools should be opened first but not until all teachers and support staff have been fully vaccinated. "400 million Indians not infected yet. One in three is still vulnerable and the pandemic in not yet over. People should only travel if fully vaccinated," said VK Paul during government press conference on Covid.
Govt always open to talks with farmers’ unions to resolve issues over three new laws: Agriculture Minister Tomar

Govt always open to talks with farmers’ unions to resolve issues over three new laws: Agriculture Minister Tomar

India
New Delhi, July 20 The government on Tuesday said it will remain open to discussions with protesting farmers' unions to resolve issues over three new agriculture laws passed by Parliament in September last year. In written replies to Lok Sabha on several questions related to farmers' protest, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government had so far held 11 rounds of negotiations talks with agitating farmers' unions to resolve the issues. "The government has been engaged in serious, sensitive and active discussions with the farmers' unions to resolve the issues. During various rounds of discussions, government continuously requested the farmers' unions to discuss the provisions of the farm laws, so that if there is an objection to any provision, the advancement can be ma...
Farmers issues: Akali Dal, Congress, AAP to boycott PM’s all-party meet on Covid today

Farmers issues: Akali Dal, Congress, AAP to boycott PM’s all-party meet on Covid today

India
Aditi TandonTribune News ServiceNew Delhi, July 20 With farmers' issues taking centre stage in Parliament and several parties moving adjournment notices in both houses seeking the repeal of the farm laws, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said it would boycott the all-party meeting on Covid-19 called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening. SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday said the party would not attend the meeting unless the government heeded and addressed the issues of the agitating farmers. Badal said the Akali Dal had moved an adjournment notice on farmers' issues once again on Tuesday and forced the adjournment of proceedings. Akali Dal, Congress and AAP all have adjournment notices on the farmers' matters today. The house was adjourned repeatedly before being ad...
India engaging proactively with Switzerland to obtain info under tax treaty

India engaging proactively with Switzerland to obtain info under tax treaty

India
New Delhi, July 20 The government on Tuesday said that India is engaging proactively with Switzerland to obtain information in relevant cases under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between the two countries. Replying to queries related to deposits by Indians in Swiss banks, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said certain media reports have stated that funds of Indians in Swiss Banks have risen in 2020. These media reports have also mentioned that the figures do not indicate the quantum of alleged black money held by Indians in Switzerland, he added. "In respect of these media reports, the Swiss authorities have recently, inter alia, conveyed that the SNB's (Swiss National Bank) report provides a comprehensive picture of the Swiss banking sector and is based on the ...
Detention of Manipur activist under NSA: SC seeks state govt reply on compensation

Detention of Manipur activist under NSA: SC seeks state govt reply on compensation

India
New Delhi, July 20 The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Manipur government to file its response on granting compensation to political activist Leichombam Erendro, who was released on Monday evening from detention after being booked under the National Security Act for having criticised BJP leaders on use of cow dung and urine as cures for Covid. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that it was a serious issue as someone lost his liberty since May and the petitioners had prayed for grant of compensation to Erendro for detention. The bench said it was issuing notice to the state government and posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks. During the hearing, Mehta said this case was brought to light three months ago and as soon as t...
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s room in Parliament allotted to Nadda

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s room in Parliament allotted to Nadda

India
Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 20 Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's room in Parliament has been allocated to BJP president JP Nadda, sources say. The iconic room, number 4, bearing three name boards for years (that of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and of Chairman, National Democratic Alliance) is situated next to the BJP parliamentary party office. Vajpayee and Advani used to both sit in the room adjacent to the BJP parliamentary party office, a hub of much political activity when the party was in the Opposition. The room has been mostly lying vacant for long. Nadda, a former Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, is a member of Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh. He is also the Parliamentary Board Secretary of the BJP. Sources say Nadda, who ha...
Uttar Pradesh teacher demand ‘Menstrual Leave’ every month

Uttar Pradesh teacher demand ‘Menstrual Leave’ every month

India
Prayagraj, July 20 Uttar Pradesh women teachers are now demanding three days 'Period Leave' or 'Menstrual Leave' every month, over and above other leaves available to them. They have cited the facility available to their counterparts in states like Bihar. The Uttar Pradesh Women Teachers' Association has submitted their demand to Anamika Chaudhary, a member of UP Women's Commission and now plan to approach Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Anamika Chaudhary has promised to make the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath aware of the demand. The women teachers underlined the fact that menstruating women experience pain and bleeding, both of which affect their mental and physical state. Senior vice-president of the association's Prayagraj unit, Poonam Gupta, said that the Bihar gover...