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Aadhaar likely to be linked to properties

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 01:42:02 PM
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Department of Land Resources are discussing the proposal and working on modalities to implement this through state governments. "Though the issue is being discussed at the highest level of the government, it is at the preliminary level," said the official in the Urban Development Ministry. Earlier in the day, speaking to a news channel, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said, "Its a great idea to link Aadhaar to property purchases but I am not going to make an announcement on that. It is being linked to banks accounts etc. We can take some additional steps also. It is headed there in any case." When asked whether linking Aadhaar with properties was logical, the Minister said "Absolutely, thats the way its heading anyway. I have no doubt that it will happen". By linking Aadhaar to properties, the government can monitor the property transaction between two parties and curb registration of properties under others names to park black money. Though in the current system providing PAN is mandatory for registration of properties of a certain value in some states, many transactions still go undetected, said the official. Since linking Aadhaar with PAN and bank accounts is already made mandatory, linking properties with the 12-digit number will help tax authorities monitor the entire transactions of a person, said the official. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pledged to crack down on benami properties, had earlier hinted at bringing in stringent steps to check black money. While the NDA government is strongly pushing for linking of Aadhaar with several social benefits, banks, PAN and mobile numbers, a number of petitions have been filed in the court apprehending breach of security and privacy issues.

Govt may bring in law against Triple Talaq

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 01:38:02 PM
The Union government proposes to bring during the winter session of Parliament a suitable legislation for amending the existing penal provisions to criminalise instantaneous Triple Talaq. The matter has assumed urgency following reports of several divorces taking place by way of Talaq-e-Bidat even after the apex courts judgement last August. The governments view is that this could be because of the lack of knowledge about the Supreme Court ruling. It could also be because of lack of deterrent punishment for the Talaq-e-Bidat, officials said. In spite of a number of advisories to Muslims, there seems to be no decline in the practice of Talaq-e-Bidat, they said. In a recent incident, a person at a leading educational institution is reported to have divorced his wife by WhatsApp and SMS. The wife later went to police. There may be many such unreported instances of instantaneous Triple Talaq happening elsewhere in the country, officials said. As the law stands today, the victims of Talaq-e-Bidat have no option but to approach the police for the redress of their grievance as the Muslim clergy cannot come to their aid. Even the police are helpless as no action can be taken against the husband in the absence of punitive provisions in the law. A ministerial committee has been set up to frame a law in this regard.



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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year rule

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 11:51:39 PM
The end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule sparks wild celebrations in the streets.

John Lasseter: Pixar founder on leave over 'unwanted hugs'

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 10:58:14 PM
Allegations of misconduct emerge about the man behind Toy Story and dozens of other classics.

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:40:25 AM
Saad Hariri thrust Lebanon into crisis when he resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia.

Argentina missing submarine: Concern grows over lack of oxygen

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 12:39:26 AM
The search steps up again as weather improves near where the Argentine boat vanished last Wednesday.

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 12:57:53 PM
The weather service says the levels of a radioactive isotope were nearly 1,000 times normal levels.



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Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 11:56:18 PM
HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot.

Newsmaker - All eyes on the 'Crocodile' as Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 07:17:53 PM
HARARE (Reuters) - When Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe sacked his vice president in front of 12,000 baying party members in 2014, Emmerson Mnangagwa sat quietly in the crowd, a green baseball cap pulled low over his eyes.

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic faces verdict in genocide trial

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 12:27:33 AM
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The U.N. tribunal on war crimes in former Yugoslavia hands down its final verdict on Wednesday in the genocide trial of Ratko Mladic, the ex-Bosnian Serb general accused of ordering the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.

Hariri back in Lebanon for first time since quitting as PM

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 11:21:58 PM
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as prime minister in a statement delivered from Saudi Arabia that plunged Lebanon into crisis.

Russia's Putin hosts Assad in fresh drive for Syria peace deal

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 09:24:16 PM
MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for three hours of talks to lay the groundwork for a new push by Moscow to end Syria's conflict now that Islamic State's territory is overrun.



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Yellen says Fed needs to avoid 'boom-bust'cycle in economy

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:49:00 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the biggest challenge facing the central bank in coming years will be...

Animal activists disrupt Utah governor's turkey pardon

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:49:00 AM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two animal-rights activists disrupted the Utah governor's Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey Tuesday, rushing the podium and shouting as the CEO of a turkey plant spoke to a crowd of mostly children. The two men rushed past Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the 40-pound turkey named "Grateful" sitting placidly on a table nearby,...

Widening search finds no sign of missing Argentine submarine

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:49:00 AM
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Ships and planes combed a wider area of the frigid South Atlantic on Tuesday in a fruitless hunt for signs of a missing Argentine submarine, adding to growing concerns about the vessel not heard from in six days. Argentine navy officials have worried that if the ARA San Juan was intact but disabled underwater, its crew of 44 might have only enough oxygen to last seven days. "The most critical situation would be that we are in the sixth day of oxygen," the navy's spokesman, Capt. Enrique Balbi, said at a news conference. "Obviously...

Haitians relieved to stay in US for now, upset status to end

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:48:00 AM
MIAMI (AP) " Yolnick Jeune couldn't sleep for days, anxious over the fate of a program that has staved off the deportations of both herself and tens of thousands of other Haitians in the U.S.Then, President Donald Trump's administration this week announced one last 18-month extension of the Temporary Protected Status that has allowed her to work and provide for her five children, including a 7-year-old, U.S.-born girl."I can breathe a little and get some rest. This buys me time ......

Meg Whitman stepping down as HP Enterprise CEO

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:48:00 AM
NEW YORK (AP) " Meg Whitman, who oversaw the breakup of one of Silicon Valley's pioneering companies, is stepping down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.HPE said Tuesday that Whitman will hand over the reins of the company to its president, Antonio Neri, on Feb. 1.Whitman, 61, took over in 2011 at the former Hewlett-Packard Co., a company founded in 1939 and for years a tech bellwether. But it had struggled to keep up with industry trends toward mobile and cloud computing, ......



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Top Science News

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UK judges to get scientific guides

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 12:45:28 AM
A Supreme Court Justice launches the first of a series of scientific guides for UK judges.

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 12:41:45 AM
More than 70,000 seeds have been sent from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to Lebanon, for vital crop research.

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

Monday November 20th, 2017 06:53:49 PM
An asteroid that visited our Solar System from interstellar space is one of the most elongated celestial bodies known to science.

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate

Monday November 20th, 2017 07:10:25 PM
The spectacular albatrosses featured in the BBC's Blue Planet series have seen a big slump in numbers.

Bialowieza forest: EU threatens Poland with fine over logging

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 09:49:28 AM
Europe's top court says Poland must prove it has stopped logging in Bialowieza forest or face fines.



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New Affiliates Extend LatAm Network

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:36:00 AM
New Affiliates Extend LatAm Network 21st November 2017 Grayling has extended its Latin American reach, with the signing of a new strategic alliance with the agency Mazicorp SpA, which operates in Chile and Peru. With this new agreement, Grayling strengthens its reach in the continent's Southern Cone,...

DARPA Digging for Ideas to Revolutionize Subterranean Mapping and Navigation

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:36:00 AM
Subterranean warfare-whether involving human-made tunnels, underground urban infrastructure, or natural cave networks-has been an element of U.S. military operations from World War II and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. As above-ground commercial and military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities continue to grow more capable and ubiquitous, adversaries are increasingly heading underground to circumvent detection. Rapid global urbanization, furthermore, is accelerating the frequency and complexity of dangerous subterranean environments faced not just by warfighters, but also by emergency responders performing search-and-rescue missions underground: in collapsed...

673d MDG Laboratory offers new Prenatal testing at JBER

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:36:00 AM
By Airman 1st Class Crystal A. Jenkins | JBER Public Affairs | November 21, 2017 JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Beginning in October 2017, the 673d Medical Group Women's Health Clinic replaced the Natera prenatal Panorama testing with LabCorps' InformaSeq prenatal testing at the JBER hospital. The new testing is an advanced, non-invasive, prenatal screening for T21, T18, and T13 chromosomal disorders using next-generation technology. The test is performed after a pregnancy has reached 10 weeks or more. The decision to change from the Natera screening to LabCorps' was...

Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code in Wisconsin

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:36:00 AM
December 4-10, 2017 is Computer Science Education week in Wisconsin. Computer science teaches students foundational 21st-century knowledge like how to analyze data, how to program an app, and how the internet can be harnessed for business. Wisconsin students now benefit...

How to cut your lawn for grasshoppers

Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 01:36:00 AM
One could be forgiven for wondering what the point of such a question might be. But the solution, proposed by theoretical physicists in the UK and the US, has some intriguing connections to quantum theory, which describes the behaviour of particles at the atomic and sub-atomic scales. Systems based on the principles of quantum theory could lead to a revolution in computing, financial trading, and many other fields. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, used computational methods inspired by the way metals are strengthened by heating and cooling to solve the problem and find the 'optimal' lawn shape for different grasshopper jump...



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