The Law Ministry has informed the Lok Sabha that it has a proposal from
the Election Commission (EC) to link Aadhaar with the Election Photo
Identity Card (EPIC) to prepare an error-free electoral roll.
In response to an unstarred question on Wednesday, the Law Ministry said
“the matter is under consideration”.
“In order to ensure preparation of an error-free electoral roll, and to
prevent duplication of entries, a proposal to amend the Representation of
the People Act, 1951 to enable linking of the electoral data with the
Aadhaar system has been received from the Election Commission,” the Law
Ministry said in its reply.
One of the arguments being made in favour of the move is that it may
allow migrant labour and workers to vote even if they are away from their
homes at the time of elections.
Former Chief Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma told The Hindu that the
process of seeding Aadhaar with the voter ID card had started in 2012 during
his tenure but was subsequently stalled because of a pending litigation on
Study finds India amongst least-free democracies
India has become one of the world’s least free democracies, according to
a global survey, which warned that “the Indian government’s alarming
departures from democratic norms under Prime Minister
Top finance officials from the Group of Seven nations today said, they
would use all appropriate policy tools to prevent the new coronavirus
outbreak from damaging economic growth, following the rout on global stock
markets last week.
After a conference call of finance ministers and central bankers, the
group said that G-7 finance ministers are ready to take actions, including
fiscal measures where appropriate, to aid in the response to the virus and
support the economy during this phase.
It said G7 central banks will continue to fulfill their mandates, thus
supporting price stability and economic growth while maintaining the
resilience of the financial system.
The officials from the world's most advanced economies Britain, Canada,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, however, did not
announce any specific relief measures.
Government approves projects worth 300cr for food processing sector
Union Government has sanctioned ten projects worth over 301 crore rupees
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Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will investigate whether
war crimes were committed in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Afghan military and
U.S. forces after an appeals panel said on Thursday the ”truth-seeking”
inquiry should go ahead.
The ICC decision, which came days after the U.S. agreed to pull its
troops from the long-running conflict, opens the way for prosecutors to
launch a full investigation, despite U.S. government opposition.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly condemned the decision as “a
truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution,
masquerading as a legal body.
“It is all the more reckless for this ruling to come just days after the
U.S. signed a historic peace deal on Afghanistan the best chance for peace
in a generation.”
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to investigate possible crimes committed
between 2003 and 2014, including alleged mass killings of civilians by the
Taliban, as well as the alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities
and to a lesser extent by U.S. forces and the CIA.
BIMSTEC charter adoption probably in next summit claims officials
BIMSTEC charter will be ready for adoption at its next biennial summit
meeting scheduled to be held in Colombo later this year.
This was informed by BIMSTEC Secretary General Mohammad Shahidu Islam
during his meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa last
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Study finds global ocean covering entire earth 3.2billion years ago
Early Earth, home to some of our planet's first lifeforms, may have been
a real-life "waterworld" without a continent in sight- a discovery that can
scientists to better understand how and where single-cell organisms first
emerged on Earth.
The researchers took advantage of a quirk of hydrothermal chemistry to
suggest that the surface of Earth was likely covered by a global ocean 3.2
billion years ago.
The team looked, in particular, for two different isotopes of oxygen
trapped in stone: a slightly heavier atom called Oxygen-18 and a lighter one
The duo discovered that the ratio of those two isotopes of oxygen may
have been a bit off in seawater 3.2 billion years ago -- with just a smidge
more Oxygen-18 atoms than you'd see today.
He explained that today's land masses are covered by clay-rich soils
that disproportionately take up heavier oxygen isotopes from the water --
like mineral vacuums for Oxygen-18.
The team theorized that the most likely explanation for that excess
Oxygen-18 in the ancient oceans was that there simply weren't any soil-rich
continents around to suck the isotopes up.
"There are no samples of really ancient ocean water lying around, but we
do have rocks that interacted with that seawater and remembered that
interaction," Johnson said. The study appeared in the journal Nature
The study also feeds into an ongoing debate over what ancient Earth may
have looked like: Was the planet much hotter than it is today? "There was
seemingly no way forward on that debate. We thought that trying something
different might be a good idea," said Johnson.
Countries to have both male and female flag bearers at Tokyo Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday announced that this
year's Tokyo Olympics will have the option of a male and female competitor
jointly bearing their country's flag at the opening ceremony. IOC has
encouraged all National Olympic Committees to make use of this option.
The IOC's Executive Board added that there should be, for the first
time, at least one female and one male athlete in every one of the 206 teams
as well as the Refugee Olympic Team.
The IOC statement also said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to be held in
July-August, will be the first gender-balanced Olympic Games in the history
with 48.8 per cent women's participation.