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While you were away: Top 10 news stories to bring you up to date

From Aadhaar being made mandatory for I-T returns and PAN card to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s media-friendly transformation, here are stories to keep you up to date.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2017 07:51 IST
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Virat Kohli reacts after the dismissal of Australian batsman Glenn Masxwell during 5th day of 3rd Test Match between India and Australia in Ranchi.
Virat Kohli reacts after the dismissal of Australian batsman Glenn Masxwell during 5th day of 3rd Test Match between India and Australia in Ranchi.(PTI Photo)

From Aadhaar being made mandatory for I-T returns and PAN card to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s media-friendly transformation, here are stories to keep you up to date:

1) Aadhaar must to file I-T returns and apply for PAN card

The government decided on Tuesday to lower the legal limit on cash transaction from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, and make Aadhaar number mandatory for filing income tax returns and applying for a PAN card. The decisions were part of amendments moved to the finance bill, which puts into effect the Budget proposals. The move is likely to roil activists who say the Aadhaar programme – the enrolment to a national database with biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans – is meant to be voluntary, as declared by the SC in September last year.

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2) Indians likely to be impacted by US’ new flight rules for carrying electronics

The Trump administration’s restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the United States are expected to impact hundreds of Indians who regularly transit through airports in the Middle East such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Istanbul where the new rules are applicable. On Tuesday, the US department of homeland security said passengers travelling from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries would have to bring devices such as tablets, laptops and cameras in their checked baggage.

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3) India yet to decide on water talks with Pakistan proposed by World Bank

New Delhi is yet to take a call on the World Bank’s proposal for a meeting between the water secretaries of India and Pakistan in Washington next month to resolve differences over the Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects. Pakistan’s water and power minister Khawaja Asif told a news conference in Islamabad on Monday that Indian and Pakistani officials are set to meet in Washington during April 11-13 for talks brokered by the World Bank.

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4) More BSF men dying of mental illness, lifestyle diseases rather than operations

More Border Security Force personnel are dying of mental illness and lifestyle diseases than in line of duty, BSF director general KK Sharma said on Tuesday. “Recent studies within the force have indicated that number of deaths of force personnel was more due to illness (both physical and mental) than being operational casualties. Our studies through the medical directorate of the BSF have listed out many indicators of lifestyle diseases as well,” he said. Sharma, however, did not mention the time-frame of the studies conducted.

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5) With some luck, travel in Rajdhani, Shatabdi at mail-express fares from April

Come April and a passengers can avail the opportunity of travelling in Rajdhani or Shatabdi trains even if one has booked tickets in other mail/express trains for the same destinations. Railways is launching a new scheme from April 1 under which waitlisted passengers can get confirmed accommodation in the next alternative train if they opt for the option while booking their tickets.

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6) Teen kills driver, IAS father tries to help dispose body, Hyderabad police arrest both

Hyderabad police on Tuesday arrested a senior IAS officer from Telangana and his son in connection with the murder of their car driver over four days ago. Sources said the accused – Telangana secretariat joint secretary (agriculture department) D Venkateshwar Rao and his son Venkat Sukru – were arrested by the Jubilee Hills police after a “thorough” interrogation. While Sukru reportedly admitted to murdering 26-year-old Bhukya Nagaraju in a fit of rage during a drinking session, his father has been charged with trying to help him get rid of the body the next day.

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7) Rajasthan: 2 girls drown in pond while avoiding police raid in ‘red-light area’

Two minor girls drowned after they jumped into a pond to escape detention during a police raid at an alleged red-light area near the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur on Tuesday. Another minor has been rescued, and police have launched a search to locate several others who also took the drastic step. The raid was reportedly conducted on the basis of complaints lodged by local residents.

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8) Twitter suspends more accounts linked to ‘terrorism’

Twitter on Tuesday said it suspended 376,890 accounts in the second half of 2016 for “promotion of terrorism,” an increase of 60 percent over the prior six-month period. The latest suspensions bring the total number of blocked accounts to 636,248 from August 2015, when Twitter stepped up efforts to curb “violent extremism,” the company announced as part of its latest transparency report.

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9) ‘Virat Kohli is Donald Trump of world sport’ - Oz media continues hate campaign

‘Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport’ was the opening line of a Daily Telegraph report on Tuesday, a day after Australia managed to salvage a draw in the third Test of the series in Ranchi. The article headlined ‘ Virat Kohli’s Donald Trump-like contempt for the truth making mockery of the game’ goes on to say how the International Cricket Council has allowed the Indian captain to make a mockery of cricket.

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10) Sidhu 2.0: Colourful clothes, sher-o-shayari in new life with ‘boss’ Amarinder

There is no dull day in the life of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu. As a new cabinet minister in Punjab, he is busy meeting MLAs, media and his department officials with flourish, regaling them with his slapstick jokes and sher-o-shayari. He claims that “earlier, the people came to the government. Now the government will go to them.” “I have got three new mobile numbers. I will be getting three new mobile phones too -- one for the media, one for the MLAs and one for people of my constituency. You will find me sitting in this (Chandigarh) office from Mondays to Thursdays and in my constituency (Amritsar) from Fridays to Saturdays,” he says.

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