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UIDAI Warns Against ‘Unusable’ Laminated Aadhaar Smart Cards

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Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reiterated that Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded versions of Aadhaar or mAadhaar are perfectly valid.

It said people should not yearn for the so-called Aadhaar smart card as it may make them fall to the ploys of unscrupulous elements who are printing Aadhaar on a plastic/PVC sheet.

UIDAI said in a statement that plastic or PVC Aadhaar smart cards are often not usable as the QR code commonly becomes dysfunctional during such unauthorised printing.

The Authority also cautioned unauthorized agencies not to collect Aadhaar information from the general public for printing of Aadhaar card.

It said collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such persons in any manner amounts to a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment.

In a public release, UIDAI reiterated that Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded versions of Aadhaar on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are perfectly valid and people should not yearn for the so-called Aadhaar smart card as it may make them fall to the ploys of some unscrupulous elements who are printing Aadhaar on a plastic/PVC sheet and charging anywhere between Rs.50 to Rs.300 or more.

UIDAI has asked people to keep away from such elements/shops/vendors. Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said,

“So-called Aadhaar Smart card is totally unnecessary and a waste as during such printing its QR code often becomes dysfunctional. The Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is perfectly valid for all kind of uses.”

“If a person has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no need to get his/her Aadhaar card laminated or obtain a plastic Aadhaar card or so-called smart Aadhaar card by paying money. There is no concept such as smart or plastic Aadhaar card”, added Dr. Pandey.

In case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he can download his Aadhaar card free of cost from https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in. The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar card, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter sent by UIDAI. There is absolutely no need to print it on plastic/PVC card or get it laminated.

CEO, UIDAI advised people to be watchful for the protection of their privacy and recommended not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card.

UIDAI has cautioned unauthorized Agencies not to collect Aadhaar information from general public for printing of Aadhaar card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such persons in any manner amounts to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and Aadhaar Act, 2016.

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Makkal Needhi Maiam is the Name of Kamal Haasan’s Political Party

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Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on February 21 launched his political party Makkal Needhi Mayyam (roughly, ‘People’s Justice Forum’) at a public function in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Haasan unveiled the name and symbol of his political outfit in front a huge crowd at Madurai’s Ottakattai Grounds.

“This is a party for you, for the people. I am your instrument, you are the leaders, this is a crowd full of leaders,” Haasan said.

The party symbol, six arms interlinked around a star at the centre, is in the colours of red, white and black. The party flag, which is primarily white, will carry the symbol along with the party name.

Curiously, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leader Somnath Bharti were present on the stage with Haasan.

 

A lot of observers noted that while Haasan spoke about the name and the flag of his party, he distinctly failed to elaborate to the public what his party would stand for. The only issue he talked about at the launch event is corruption.

Kamal Haasan began the day of the party launch by visiting the house of former President A P J Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram. He took the blessings of Kalam’s elder brother Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar, who is a centenarian.

Describing the former president as his ‘role model’, Haasan said in a tweet:

“Greatness can come from simple beginnings. Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man’s simple abode”.

Kalam’s family presented a memento carrying an image of the former president to Kamal Haasan.

On his way to Madurai, Kamal Haasan had a brief stop in Paramakudi. “I grew up in these streets,” the actor said there. “The way you have been waiting for me in this heat shows your love towards me… I will certainly come back to my people here.”

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CBI Questions Rotomac Pens Chief Vikram Kothari

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India’s premier domestic investigation agency CBI continued to question Rotomac Pens Chief Vikram Kothari and family members for the second day today. The company allegedly owes funds to the tune of 3600 crore rupees to seven public sector banks.

The magnitude of the alleged fraud committed by Rotomac Pens owner Vikram Kothari has ballooned compared to its initial estimates.

Kothari allegedly cheated seven public sector banks of over Rs 3600 crore rupees by not making repayments of loans.

The Central Bureau of Investigation – CBI has registered a case against Vikram Kothari. The probe agency questioned Kothari, his wife and his son.

Properties belonging to Vikram Kothari and his family were raided in Kanpur in connection with the probe.

The Kanpur-based company’s owner had taken loans from a consortium of seven public sector banks.

Rotomac was declared a wilful defaulter in February 2017.

Vikram Kothari, his wife and son have been detained by the probe agency.

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Centre Seeks Report About Assault on Delhi Chief Secretary by AAP Members

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The issue of alleged manhandling of Delhi Chief Secretary by Aam Admi Party MLAs gathered steam when Home Minister expressed concern and sought a report from the Lt Governor about the incident – even as IAS officers posted in Delhi took out a candle-lit march outside Delhi Secretariat in protest.

Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged that he was assaulted by two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers in presence of the chief minister after being called for a meeting at midnight. Taking serious note of the incident, Home Ministry has asked for a report from Delhi Lt Governor.

Reacting to the matter, Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted –

“I am deeply pained by the happenings involving the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government. The civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear. MHA has sought a report on the incident from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. Justice will be done.”

IAS association has condemned the incident. Bureaucrat associations DANICS and DASS met the home minister and updated him on the entire issue and demanded legal action against the culprits

Meanwhile, IAS, DANICS and DASS associations took out a candlelight march at Rajghat to protest over the matter.

Aam Admi Party, on the other hand, has called the allegations baseless. In fact, they have accused the chief secretary of using derogatory language against some MLAs and leaving the meeting without answering questions.

However, Opposition has seized the moment to corner AAP.

For now, AAP seems deeply embroiled in this new controversy and it remains to be seen how it manages to deal with it.

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