Aadhaar linked to PAN, Mediterranean deaths: Top stories to look out for today
Top stories to bring you up to date on what’s going on in the world today.india Updated: Mar 24, 2017 10:25 IST
Here are the top stories to bring you up to date on the news today.
Your PAN card could be invalid without Aadhaar by December. Here’s what you need to do
Permanent account numbers (PAN) not linked to Aadhaar cards will likely become invalid after December 31, a government source said on Thursday, as the Centre pushes to widen the use of the 12-digit biometric identity project. Currently, all taxpayers need to have a PAN number to file income tax return but others, such as students outside the tax bracket, also use the card as a proof of identity. Here’s a guide to how you can link your Aadhaar with PAN. Read the full story here.
Around 250 feared dead on ‘Black Day’ in the Mediterranean
Over 250 African migrants were feared drowned in the Mediterranean Thursday after a charity’s rescue boat found five corpses close to two sinking rubber dinghies off Libya. The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was “deeply alarmed” after the Golfo Azzuro, a boat operated by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, reported the recovery of the bodies close to the drifting, partially-submerged dinghies, 15 miles off the Libyan coast. Read the full story here.
Mamata backs Advani as next President but says will back even Sushma or Sumitra
Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has said she would be happy to see BJP patriarch LK Advani as the next President of India but would not mind if Union minister Sushma Swaraj or Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan became the country’s first citizen. The comments came during a TV interview to a Bengali channel that was aired on Thursday night. Read the full story here.
Hit-and-run politics won’t work, says SM Krishna after joining BJP
Veteran Congress leader SM Krishna resigned from the Congress in January taking potshots at the party for being in a “state of confusion” and joined the BJP on Wednesday. “As long as Sonia Gandhi was in the saddle, I was very comfortable in the Congress party. But for the past three years leaders like me were made to feel unwanted. Dynastic politics without giving any importance to competence is the bane of Congress party,” Krishna told Hindustan Times in a free-wheeling interview. “Politics is a serious business. It is not a hit-and-run job nor is it a part-time job,” said Krishna without taking Rahul’s name. Read the full story here.
Mumbai doctors call off strike after CM Devendra Fadnavis’ security assurance
A section of resident doctors from Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) called off the protest late on Thursday night after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ assurance that public hospitals will be provided with more security. Home department sources told HT three hospitals in Mumbai will be provided round-the-clock security guards. Read the full story here.
22-year-old arrested in Greater Noida for Facebook post on Yogi Adityanath
A 22-year-old youth was arrested by the Greater Noida police on Thursday for allegedly posting objectionable content against newly elected Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on his Facebook wall. A complaint was lodged against accused Rahat Khan by members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth group founded by Adityanath, in Dankaur police station on Thursday evening. Acting on the complaint, the police nabbed Khan, who runs a Jan Suvidha Kendra (public utility center) in Dankaur. Read the full story here.
NSA Ajit Doval To Meet US Defence Secretary James Mattis
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and US Defence Secretary James Mattis will meet in Washington DC to discuss a wide range of strategic and defence issues. Mr Doval is also expected to meet his American counterpart Lieutenant General HR McMaster at the White House, the first meeting between the two national security advisors.
JNU students extend strike; HRD minister Javadekar defends seat cut
JNU Students’ Union has decided to extend its strike against the massive seat cut in MPhil and PhD courses even as HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar defended the varsity’s decision saying it follows UGC norms. The students had earlier called for a one-day strike but decided to it for two more days and hold a protest demonstration outside the University Grants Commission’s office.
Paulinho scores hat-trick as Brazil thrash Uruguay in FIFA World Cup qualifier
China-based midfielder Paulinho scored a hat-trick as Brazil thrashed Uruguay 4-1 to move to the brink of the World Cup finals at Montevideo on Thursday. Barcelona superstar Neymar scored Brazil’s other goal with a cheeky lob as the five-time world champions opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the South American qualifying standings.
Homelessness: Census data shows three of India’s worst six districts in Delhi
Three Delhi districts are among India’s six worst in terms of the number of homeless people as a share of the general population. While nearly three in every thousand Delhiites are homeless, they are not evenly distributed, an HT analysis of the 2011 census reveals. In Delhi’s Central district, more than 15 in every thousand residents are homeless. The figure is more than 14 for New Delhi, the city’s power district, and about nine for North district. Homelessness is relatively low in other Delhi districts. East, South West, North West, and North East districts have fewer than two homeless people per thousand. Read the full story here.
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The rise of the yogi; Review of Yogi Adityanath and The Hindu Yuva Vahini
From everything we have heard about Yogi Adityanath’s way with votes, it would seem the man has never felt a tinge of electoral insecurity in his 19-year-old political career. But it turns out Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister had to work his way to “electoral invincibility.” Senior journalist Dhirender K Jha’s 35-page book, which reads like a meticulous magazine profile, details the lowest point in the five-time MP’s electoral journey to show why he may never fear losing an election again. Read the full story here.
Yogi Adityanath takes charge as CM: UP’s Hindutva fringe feels empowered
“A land where Ram and Krishna were born is now in safe hands. The dream of establishing a Hindu empire in this land now appears to be coming true,” says Manoj Kashyap, convenor of the Rashtrawadi Pratap Sena (RPS), in northern Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur. The RPS is one among UP’s wide network of Hindu groups cheering Yogi Adityanath’s ascent as chief minister of the state. Together, they view the Hindu hardliner’s takeover of political power as a licence to press on with the mission of creating a Hindu Rashtra. Read the full story here.