Smart I-card in Delhi first
A Narela resident in northwest Delhi will be the first Indian to receive the Multipurpose National Identity Card that has been in the wings for more than three years.
The government will on Saturday presented the first few chip-based smart ID cards to a group of residents in the Capital, kick-starting the completion of a pilot project in selected sub-districts of 12 states and one union territory.
The remaining 24-lakh citizens will receive the card – that is costing the government Rs 60 each – by post. The pilot project would be wound up within a year of the last of these cards being distributed.
During this one-year period, the government intends to study issues relating to management of the cards including loss and damage of cards, the required infrastructure and the uses to which the card can be put to.The previous BJP-led coalition government conceived the MNIC project, asserting that it would help check illegal immigration. Home ministry officials said 20,000 of the people over 18 years – most of them in border states – were suspected to be of foreign origin.
Each ID card will carry basic details across several parameters including educational qualification, place of birth, photograph and fingerprints of the holder. Only some of this information would be visible on the card; the rest would be stored in the 16-kilobyte chip on the card that can be read with a reader.
The pilot project for MNIC was launched in November 2003 and was to be wrapped up within a year. With hindsight, home ministry officials acknowledged that it was too ambitious a target.
Hours after a Noida politician's supporters created a major ruckus in the Grand Omaxe Society in Noida's Sector 93, bulldozers were seen at the apartment complex - wherShrikant Tyagihe resides - on Monday morning. Shrikant Tyagi is missing after he was seen abusing a woman in a video. On Monday morning, bulldozers were seen razing illegal structures. This is yet another incident when such an action has been taken in Uttar Pradesh.
Samajwadi Party leader Devendra Singh Yadav's car was on Sunday hit by a truck and dragged for more than 500 meters before it stopped in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri district. The incident happened late Sunday night. A video, shared by news agency ANI, showed how the truck rammed into Yadav's vehicle on a relatively busy street. A motorcycle was also impacted in the incident, the video showed. Yadav is the president of SP's Mainpuri division.
Bike theft: Jnanabharathi police, Bengaluru. August 7 IPS officer Laxman B Nimbargi, the DCP of Bengaluru's west division, said the accused have been arrested by Bengaluru's Jnanabharathi police. He added that six two-wheelers and a goods truck used for the crime have been recovered from the accused in the case, which are worth Rs 5.65 Lakhs in total. It is not clear how many persons have been arrested.
Heavy rain lashed several parts of Karnataka, causing widespread damage, while flooding led to disruption in connectivity between coastal districts. The Basavaraj Bommai-led government in the state has released Rs 200 crores to take up relief and rehabilitation operations. Rain did not spare non-coastal areas either, inundating several roads and causing heavy traffic congestions. According to the India Meteorological Department forecast, rain is likely to continue for three more days.
Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Monday morning as generally overcast weather with light rain or drizzle was expected. On Sunday, the average 24-hour AQI was 75 in the satisfactory category. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.