UIDAI announce that Aadhar project crosses 125crore mark
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) today
announced that the Aadhaar project has crossed a new milestone achieved by
crossing of the 125 crore mark.
"This means that over 1.25 billion residents of India have the
12-digit unique identity," UIDAI said in a press release
The Aadhaar, with a unique identity number, was introduced in
2009. It is the world's largest biometric identification system.
It has now being used as the primary identity document by the
Aadhaar holders, claimed UIDAI. "This is evident from the fact that Aadhaar-based
authentication services have been used close to 37,000 crore times since
inception," the press release added.
UIDAI recorded close to 331 crore successful Aadhaar updates
(biometric and demographic) till date. At present UIDAI receives about 3-4 lakh
Aadhaar updates request every day.
Union budget for citizenship and foreigner’s act declines
At a time when several states are opposing the Citizenship
Amendment Act (CAA) and National Population Register (NPR), official data
shows that the Union home ministry’s budget for laws such as Citizenship Act
and Foreigners Act has declined over the years as several state governments
have not been fully utilising the central funds.
In this financial year, for instance, just Rs 9 crore was
earmarked for payments to states for administration of central laws out of a
total budget of Rs 882.36 crore under the major head of grant in aid to states
and Union Territories.
States are empowered to detain and deport foreign nationals
staying illegally, set up detention centres to hold declared foreigners and
carry out registration and surveillance of foreigners.
Home ministry officials told ET that they have been sending
regular reminders to states and UTs to claim their expenditure incurred on
implementation of central laws such as Citizenship Act.
The Assam government has set up six detention centres so far,
with aid from the home ministry, that will hold “declared foreigners”.
Government proposes BSVI emission norms from April 2020
The government has proposed to make BS VI emission norms
mandatory for quadricycles from April 1, 2020, an official said.Currently,
quadricycles are covered under Bharat Stage IV emission norms.
The BS VI emission norms are in line with European
standards.Various testing, including those related to durability, would be as
per Europe quadricycle norms, the official said.
Proposed emission limits in BS VI are in line with Euro 5 mass
emission guidelines which will be applicable from January 1, 2020 in Europe, the
Threshold limits for emission pollutants, conformity of
production (CoP) frequency and sampling plan have been proposed.
The official said the government is soliciting comments and
suggestion on the draft notification before finalising it.
Centre plans to constitute GST grievance redressal committee
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs has set the
ball rolling to create goods and services tax grievance redressal committees
expeditiously at zonal and state levels.
The council at a meeting on December 18 decided that a
structured mechanism be put in place for the taxpayers under GST to tackle the
grievances of taxpayers. The GST policy wing has prescribed the guidelines and
written to all principal chief commissioners and chief commissioners to set up
The grievance redressal committees (GRCs) at zonal and state
levels will consist of central and state-level tax officers and representative
from GST Network (GSTN).
The committee will have access to a web portal, to be developed
by GSTN where complaints that the GRC secretary puts up to the committee will be
recorded and their resolution status updated on a regular basis. Stakeholders
will be able to view these updates. Co-chairs of the GRC, nodal officers of GSTN,
policy wings of the CBIC and GST Council Secretariat will also be able to update
the status of action taken at their end.
Whenever a GST policy-related issue is referred to by a GRC, the
concerned policy wing of the CBIC would examine it and if needed place it before
the council for consideration or approval.
China claims Indo-China military relationships improving
China’s Defence Ministry has said the military relationship
between India and China is improving due to the efforts of Prime Minister
NarendraModi and President Xi Jinping.
Addressing the media in Beijing yesterday, Defence spokesperson
Col. Wu Qian (Chian) said two countries maintain strategic dialogues and conduct
practical cooperation. He said, they have also strengthened their exchanges
along their borders.
Col. Wu said China is willing to work with the India to follow
the guidance of Prime Minister Modi and President Xi for development of
AIR Beijing Correspondent reports that the two countries also
held the 22nd round of the boundary talks in New Delhi last week. Both nations
agreed to intensify efforts to achieve a fair, reasonable and mutually
acceptable solution to the boundary issue.
China slams US criticizationon blocking of UNSC resolution
China today hit back at the US for criticising its blocking
of a UN Security Council resolution over civilian aid for Syria.Beijing also
accused Washington of politicising humanitarian issues.
On Saturday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described as
shameful Russia and China blocking the UN resolution, which would have extended
for a year cross-border humanitarian aid to 4 million Syrians.
China reacted today, saying it voted on the basis of right and
wrong.Humanitarian aid currently flows into Syria through UN-designated
checkpoints in Turkey and Iraq without the formal permission of the regime in
Damascus, but that authority is due to expire on January 10.
Germany, Belgium and Kuwait presented a resolution extending
that authority for a year, winning the support of 13 council members but drawing
the vetoes of Russia and China.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Scientists develop ink to stop fake passports and currency
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and
National Physical Laboratory (NPL) developed an ink to combat the problem of
fake printing of passports and counterfeiting of currency notes. The ink has
a new security feature of protecting itself against duplicity.
The ink was produced based on single excitable dual emissive
luminescent pigment. It was developed based on the concept of fluorescence and
phosphorescence phenomena. Currently, the currency notes display only one color
with the emission of wavelength.
However, in the ink developed by the scientists features changes
in pigment color after the notes are printed. In ambient light the ink shows
When the ink is exposed to UV light, it turns red and when the
UV source is switched OFF it turns green.
Both in phosphorescence and fluorescence the radiation is
electromagnetic and is spontaneous. In case of fluorescence, the radiation stops
after thesource is switched off. On the other hand, in phosphorescence, the glow
continues for few hours.
According to the annual report of RBI (2018-19), the risk of
duplication of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes are higher. The report says that
recently launched 500 rupees notes are accounted to 121% of duplication and Rs
2000 notes are accounted to 21.9% duplication.
Tennis legend Leander Paes to retire in 2020
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes has announced that 2020 will
be his last year as a professional tennis player.
The 46-year old will bid adieu to the sport after next season.
Leander announced on Twitter that he will be picking and choosing tournaments
next year to meet his fans all around the world.
Leander, who made his Olympic debut in 1992, will look for one
final flourish at Tokyo Olympics next year. The Indian has made 7 appearances in
a row at the Olympics making him the only tennis player ever to do so. Paes has
won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.