‘Deadline To Link Aadhaar With Government Schemes Extended till March 31’

October 27, 2017

‘Deadline To Link Aadhaar With Government Schemes Extended till March 31’ New Delhi: The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of various government schemes would be extended till March 31 next year, the Centre told the Supreme Court Wednesday. It told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the deadline for Aadhaar linking to avail benefits of the schemes was to end in December and…

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Non-Aadhaar, SIM verification method for NRIs, tourists likely in 2-3 weeks

October 27, 2017

New Delhi: The Telecom Department and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) are in discussions to put in place a method for mobile number verification of NRIs and foreign tourists who are not eligible for Aadhaar. A decision on evolving SIM verification method for these NRIs and foreign tourists is expected to be taken in 2-3 weeks, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan told PTI. “Those who have Aadhaar or are entitled to get Aadhaar will have to…

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Supreme Court Denies Urgent Hearing On Linking Of Phone Numbers With Aadhar

October 27, 2017

The Centre had yesterday told a bench headed by Chief Justice that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail the benefits of various government schemes has been extended till March 31 next year for those who do not have the 12-digit biometric identification number. New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea challenging a notification of the Department of Telecom (DOT) for…

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Flipkart Sale on Mobiles Starts With Offers on Redmi Note 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, Moto G5 Plus, and More

October 26, 2017

Flipkart has launched a sale exclusively for smartphones, named End of Season Loot on Mobiles Sale, a week after the Diwali sale ended. The new Flipkart sale on mobiles started at 12am on Wednesday and runs through week, ending at midnight on Sunday, October 28. As part of the sale, the e-commerce startup is providing flat discounts, no-cost EMIs, and exchange discounts. For purchases made via HDFC Bank credit cards, the…

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Indian Railways: New website, app to make bookings simpler, faster

October 26, 2017

New Delhi: Keeping up with times and ensuring a quicker, more user-friendly method of rail ticket booking, the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is set to unveil an upgraded website and Android-based mobile application to help passengers plan their travel better. Addressing the issue of ‘time-out’ during the stage of booking a ticket, the new website will not only be ‘passenger friendly’, but has been re-designed to make…

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US makes renewal of H-1B visa more difficult

October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: The Trump administration has made it more difficult to renew non-immigrant visas such as H-1B and L1, popular among Indian IT professionals, with a new directive saying the burden of proof lies on the applicant even when an extension is sought. The new directive came even as external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in Delhi that she had raised the issue of H-1B visas+ with visiting US secretary…

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Government To Simplify Aadhaar-Based Verification Of Existing SIMs

October 26, 2017

The government has initiated a series of measures, including allowing re-verification at subscribers’ doorsteps and One Time Password (OTP) based authentication of existing users, to make the entire exercise easier for telecom subscribers. New Delhi: The process of re-verification of existing mobile subscribers using Aadhaar is set to become simpler and more convenient, according to an official source. The government has initiated a series of measures, including allowing re-verification at…

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Banking Shares Surge On Government’s Rs. 2.11-Lakh-Crore Recapitalisation Plan

October 26, 2017

Investors sent shares of State Bank of India, the biggest lender, up as much as 29 per cent to their highest since January 2015. The benchmark NSE Nifty rose as much as 1.3 per cent, touching a record high. Mumbai/New Delhi: Banking shares soared on Wednesday, sending indices to record highs after the Cabinet approved a $32.4-billion plan to recapitalise its state banks over the next two years, although it…

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Social media, cyberspace have increased threat of terrorism: Nirmala Sitharaman

October 25, 2017

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said that “social media and cyberspace” have increased the threat of terrorism, as they can be used to manipulate people’s minds. “Social media and cyberspace have expanded the threat (of terrorism), as these are exploited by terrorists to develop less visible but lethal ways and means of manipulating minds of the people,” she said in an address at the fourth ASEAN Defence…

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Efforts On To Bring Petroleum Products Under GST, Says Dharmendra Pradhan

October 25, 2017

“We are trying to build the consensus with the state governments on this issue democratically,” said Mr Pradhan. Indore: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Tuesday that efforts are on to build a consensus with the state governments over bringing in petroleum products under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). His statement has come at a time when the demand for levying GST on petroleum products has…

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Crackdown on touts! East Coast Railway launches drive against unauthorised ticket vendors

October 24, 2017

The vigilance wing of East Coast Railway (ECoR), along with Railway Protection Force (RPF), has launched a drive against unauthorised ticket vendors and touts as part of their efforts to make the reservation system more transparent. The vigilance wing of East Coast Railway (ECoR), along with Railway Protection Force (RPF), has launched a drive against unauthorised ticket vendors and touts as part of their efforts to make the reservation system…

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Banks prefer to increase PoS machines than ATMs

October 24, 2017

CHENNAI: Banks are now more keen on expanding their points of sale (PoS) network than ATMs due to the government’s focus on digital transactions after demonetisation and lower amounts of cash in circulations. According to RBI data, banks have increased PoS machines by 95% this August to nearly 29 lakh from last year. In comparison, the number of ATMs has only increased 2.5% to 2.2 lakh machines. For PoS makers,…

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