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  • PIL seeks linking Aadhaar with electoral rolls; Election Commission says it has no objection

    Chennai: The Election Commission informed the Madras High Court Friday it had no objection to link Aadhaar with electoral rolls and voter ID card as sought in a public interest litigation to check bogus and invalid entries. The commission, however, said a decision has to be taken keeping in view the recent Supreme Court order on the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme. It also had to consider the expenses that would be incurred in case

  • For lack of Aadhaar, 52 starved to death across India

    Mumbai: There have been 52 recorded deaths due to starvation across the country in the past four years, according to a report compiled by development economists and a fact-finding committee of a non-governmental organisation — the Right To Food Campaign. Jharkhand recorded the highest number of such deaths at 15, Odisha 10 and Maharashtra 2. Most of the people who died of hunger were from the Dalit community.

  • Decoding apex court Aadhaar card verdict

    For a record 38 days, a five-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench heard 31 petitions that had challenged the constitutional validity of the Centre’s Aadhaar programme and the 2016 law that enables the scheme and called it a violation of the right to privacy. On Wednesday, September 26, the SC in a 4:1 majority judgement ruled that the government’s ambitious public scheme which uses biometric data to generate unique identification numbers for citizens

  • UIDAI asks telecom firms to submit plan to stop Aadhaar-based eKYC in 15 days

    New Delhi: Days after the Supreme Court imposed curbs on the use of Aadhaar, biometric-issuing authority UIDAI Monday asked telecom companies to submit, within the next 15 days, a plan to stop using the 12-digit unique ID number for customer authentication. A circular to this effect has already been issued to the telecom service providers (TSPs), including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and others.

  • Emotional CJI Dipak Misra holds court for last time

    New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra held court, along with his successor Ranjan Gogoi, for the last time Monday, stopping a lawyer who broke into song to wish him a long life to say he was “responding from the heart” but will speak from his mind in the evening.

  • First Person: What relief, no hiccups in delinking of Aadhaar

    Mumbai:  Give back my data! Well, that’s exactly what I asked my bank to do on Friday and was informed that so far I was the only person to have made the request to delink Aadhaar from my savings accounts. The Supreme Court order of September 26 specifically stated that private banks and companies can no longer insist on linking Aadhaar to services provided. This has come as a huge relief to sceptics

  • Excess of Aadhaar injurious to health

    Aadhaar is good but an excess of it can be injurious to your health. That, in a nutshell, is the core of the apex court order in what has come to be known as the Aadhaar case. Four of the five judges of the Aadhaar bench  held the unique identification card valid, the fifth judge dissented, holding the entire project unconstitutional. The four: one outcome will please neither the challengers nor the

  • Better being unique than being the best

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the legality of Aadhaar restricting it to disbursement of social benefits and junking its requirement for cell phones and bank accounts. Here are the main observations of the apex court in its 1,448-page judgement:

  • Reasonable restrictions on Aadhaar will further strengthen it: UIDAI

    New Delhi : Calling it historic and landmark, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court judgment on Aadhaar and said the reasonable conditions and restrictions imposed on the private usage of unique identity data would further strengthen it.

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    Many activists welcome Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar, some disappointed

    New Delhi: Many rights’ activists welcomed the Supreme Court’s judgement on the Aadhaar scheme Wednesday saying it is a “historic verdict” that will provide major relief to the common man while some termed it “disappointing”. “The apex court in its verdict struck down a few portions and read down others in the Aadhaar Act. It did not call it it unconstitutional, but said it is needed for getting subsidies in government schemes,”

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    Despite heated debate on Aadhaar, not influenced by views expressed: Supreme Court

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that despite the heated public debate in and outside the courtroom on the validity of Aadhaar, it was not influenced by the views expressed either in favour or against the scheme, which has secured the enrolment of almost 1.1 billion people in the country. The top court said that not only the commoners but the intelligentsia too was equally divided on the issue and there have

  • Over 21.08 crore PANs linked with Aadhaar till now, shows data

    New Delhi: Over 21.08 crore permanent account numbers (PANs) have been linked with Aadhaar till now, a latest data revealed as the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the linkage between the two databases Wednesday. As per official figures accessed by PTI, a total of 21,08,16,676 PANs issued by the Income Tax Department have been linked with Aadhaar till Monday. The total operational or issued PANs are over

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    Aadhaar verdict: Justice Ashok Bhushan concurs with majority verdict

    New Delhi: Justice Ashok Bhushan, in his separate verdict in the Aadhaar case, concurred with the majority three-judge judgement and said that the government and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) were empowered to cure defects in the Aadhaar scheme.

  • Congress welcomes Supreme Court decision on Aadhaar

    New Delhi: The Congress Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 57 of the Aadhaar act which allowed private parties to access Aadhaar data. The Supreme Court has declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme constitutionally valid.

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