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Government launches mobile app to broaden reach of PM-Kisan

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) was launched on February 24, 2019 in Uttar Pradesh and all states are implementing the scheme, except for West Bengal.

How to get 'free' e-PAN using Aadhaar

The facility can be availed on the income tax department's e-filing website: www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. This is a paperless, free-of-cost facility where you will get an e-PAN in near real-time.

UIDAI wants 400 Aadhaar cards deactivated in Telangana

Final decision on deactivation is taken by the UIDAI headquarters. Sources added that that even in the early days of the enrolment, the authority had recommended deactivation of cards after finding some irregularities.

Legal changes to link Aadhaar with voter ID soon: Government to EC

Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora and the two election commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sunil Chandra, met legislative affairs secretary G Narayan Raju and additional secretary Rita Vashishth to discuss pending electoral reforms.

Nirmala Sitharaman to attend financial outreach initiative in Guwahati on February 27

Aadhaar enrollment in Assam is abysmally low. Sunil Kumar Tandon, chief general manager (CGM) for Northeast India of State Bank of India said, “State Bank alone will set up 10 machines during the three day outreach initiative. In Guwahati we have five branches which are doing the Aadhaar.”

How investors can obtain Mutual Fund Utilities eCAN

The MF utilities platform allow investors to transact and view their fund holdings in one place. A unique common account number is required for this facility. Here's how mutual fund investors can obtain it.

Centre pays Rs 50,850 crore to farmers under PM-KISAN scheme

The PM-KISAN was formally launched on February 24 last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Under the scheme, the Centre transfers an amount of Rs 6,000 per year, in three equal instalments, directly into the bank accounts of the farmers, subject to certain exclusion criteria relating to higher income status.

Umang app review: Provides access to nearly 600 e-governance services

The app is available in 12 languages.

PAN to become inoperative after March 31 if not linked with Aadhaar: Income Tax Dept

PAN will become inoperative if it is not linked with Aadhaar by March 31, the I-T department has said.

Terrorists, corrupt have no right to privacy: Law Minister

He said the right to privacy has been held to be a fundamental right and the government appreciates that but "terrorists and the corrupt have no right to privacy because right to privacy has acquired critical proportion in the wake of digital landscape expanding globally".

Top IT trends to embark on a decade of openness and collaboration

As we enter the new decade, the question really is how businesses adopt new capabilities that will help them be agile, customer centric, innovative and cost sensitive at the same time.

No proposal to link social media users' profiles with Aadhaar: Govt

Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that pornography, particularly child pornography, is a "serious menace" and measures are being taken to curb it. According to him, the government has taken several steps to keep a check on the spread of fake news, pornographic and anti-national content via social media platforms.

Govt to provide facility of instant PAN through Aadhaar

The Government will soon launch a system under which PAN shall be instantly allotted online on the basis of Aadhaar without any requirement for filling up of detailed application form.

Election Commission push for pending poll reforms at law ministry meet

The amendments needed for linking voter ID with Aadhaar, allowing multiple registration windows to a new voter and ensuring gender neutral rights for ‘service voter’ are at the top of the agenda for the meeting. These issues will figure in the Feb 18 meeting scheduled between the full commission and the law secretary.

US security men & machines arrive ahead of Trump visit

Along with a security vehicle, which would be part of President Trump’s cavalcade during his 22-km-long roadshow, the aircraft is learnt to have brought in other security equipment as well. More such cargo aircraft are expected to land in Ahmedabad over the next few days.

No PM-Kisan payout for 8.9 million farmers if records not corrected: Uttar Pradesh

The letter, sent by UP’s chief secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari on February 4, asked for a campaign to be launched on a war footing till February 22 to correct records of all the farmers.

Over 30 crore PANs linked with Aadhaar so far: Anurag Singh Thakur

The total permanent account numbers (PANs) which are linked with Aadhaar number as on January 27, 2020, is 30,75,02,824, minister of state for finance Anurag Singh Thakur informed Lok Sabha. When asked if the government has extended the deadline period for Aadhaar-PAN linking, the minister responded in an affirmative "Yes sir".

India uses Aadhaar, UPI platforms for striking digital diplomacy with friendly nations

"The idea is to establish India as a tech hub, generate more business for private companies while improving bilateral partnerships,” a senior official told ET requesting not be identified. The person added that is a realisaton in multilateral forums in the especially G20 that India has digitalised rapidly particularly.

Sharad Pawar to meet NCP ministers today as Uddhav Thackeray backs NPR

The government has reportedly initiated moves to roll out the National Population Register (NPR) process from May 1, the deadline set by the Centre even as Congress and NCP have said that they are opposed to the NPR exercise.

Hurry! This LIC pension scheme that can provide Rs 10,000 a month will end March 31

Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana pension scheme, meant for senior citizens, is available only till March 31.

20% TDS if employee doesn’t share PAN or Aadhaar: I-T dept

Centre had amended the law to make sharing of Aadhaar must in case someone does not have a PAN.

Aadhaar, dabba, hartal, shaadi among 26 new Indian English words added to Oxford Dictionary

Out of the 26 new words, 22 figure in the printed dictionary, while the other four are in the digital version.

Govt pegs UIDAI's allocation at Rs 985 cr for FY21

In the current fiscal, the UIDAI was originally allocated Rs 1,227 crore when the Modi-2.0 government presented the Union Budget on July 5 last year.

PAN-Aadhaar linking: What will happen if PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by December 31?

If your PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by this date, then your PAN will become inoperative.

PAN won't become inoperative if not linked to Aadhaar till SC judgement: Gujarat High court

The deadline for linking of PAN and Aadhar had been extended several times and now the new deadline is March 31, 2020. So, if a person doesn’t link his PAN with Aadhar by the said date, his PAN shall be inoperative.

Govt explains the rationale behind new TDS-like move on remittances

Post an internal survey conducted by the Income Tax department that showed a large number of people sending out money and not filing income tax returns, it now imposes TCS on the same. The finance bill 2020 has proposed an amendment to section 206C to levy 5% TCS on overseas remittance and for sale of overseas tour package.

'Low KYC' norm to help mobile wallets retain their customers

An estimated over 200 million mobile wallets ran the risk of being cancelled by the regulators, once the deadline to upgrade their non-compliant accounts to ‘full KYC’ accounts expires on February 29. These are mostly the accounts whose KYC authentications through Aadhaar were ruled invalid by the Supreme Court by its landmark 2018 verdict.

E-pay platform NPCI to face competition

In India, currently, the NPCI is the only entity that provides an ecosystem for payments.

Rajiv Bansal to pilot debt-ridden Air India for second time

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as chairman & managing director, Air India in the rank and pay of additional secretary, the order said, without mentioning further details. The post became vacant after incumbent Ashwani Lohani completed his tenure. ​

Install mAadhaar app in your phone and never carry a physical Aadhaar card

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Aadhaar number issuing body has launched the new version of the mAadhaar app that allows Aadhaar cardholder to access more than 35 services from his/her smartphone.

Aadhaar becomes mandatory for PMVVY scheme

Finance Ministry's notification suggests that if Aadhaar authentication fails due to poor biometrics or other reasons, then other methods for authentication must be adopted. Here's what senior citizens will have to submit to avail continued benefits.

Aadhaar required to get benefits under scheme for civilian victims of terror, communal violence

Any eligible beneficiary desirous of receiving benefit under the scheme, who does not possess the Aadhaar number or, has not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, shall have to apply for Aadhaar enrolment. The home ministry said the notification comes into effect in all states and union territories except Assam and Meghalaya, where Aadhaar has not covered all residents.

CSCs to open 700 new centres for Aadhaar services

Dinesh Tyagi, CEO of the CSC e-Governance Services, told ET that after a two year hiatus, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has given a green signal for the centers to restart the services.

RBI has a NUE plan for digital payment players

The NUE should also maintain a minimum net-worth of Rs 300 crore always.

Aadhaar enrollment touches the 125 crore mark

The Aadhaar, which was introduced in 2009, has crossed a new milestone achieved by crossing of the 125 crore mark. "This means that over 1.25 billion residents of India have the 12-digit unique identity," the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a press release.

Proposed TDS levy on e-comm transactions may impact working capital of SMBs: Amit Agarwal, Amazon India

Agarwal further advocated a razor sharp focus on skilling, grassroot entrepreneurship, driving equal opportunity through greater women's participation as well as Artificial Intelligence backed solutions, and said a multi pronged approach can enable India to meet its target of $5 trillion economy.

Customs duty on imported wall fans, tableware, kitchenware hiked

Customs duty on wall fans increased to 20%. duty on catalytic converters, parts of commercial vehicles, other than electric vehicles, have also been hiked.

Linguistic twist to post-Brexit tale: Only Rani's 'angrezi' acceptable in Britain

Some person, or persons put up a problematic notice in a block of council flats.

'Moderation in India's growth coincides with global situation': Anurag Thakur

Thakur said India's growth trajectory over the period 2014-15 to 2018-19 is characterised by macroeconomic stability with real GDP growth averaging 7.4 per cent.

PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline extended again, today is the last date

CBDT extended the due date for linking of PAN with Aadhaar from 31st December, 2019 to 31st March, 2020.

PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline extended by 3 months to March 31, 2020

The government has extended the deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar once again. The last time deadline was extended in September 2019 by three months to December 31, 2019. If the PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by March 31st, then PAN will become inoperative.

WhatsApp pay gets NPCI nod to expand UPI project to 10 million users

Recently, Facebook said it expects to roll out WhatsApp Pay in a number of countries, in the next six months. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said commerce and payments are areas that will be important for private social platforms such as WhatsApp and Messenger.

E-commerce cos to collect 1% TDS from sellers under new levy

The amendment will take effect from April 1, 2020. The document explained that e-commerce operator -- an entity owning, operating or managing the digital platform -- will have to deduct one per cent TDS on the gross amount of sales or service or both.

Exporters likely to be exempted from ‘Tax at Source’

The budget proposal said that a seller of goods has to deduct TCS at the rate of 0.1% before making payments in excess of Rs 50 lakh. In cases where the buyer doesn’t have PAN or Aadhaar — which is the case with exports — the rate will be 1%.

e-KYC likely to be Aadhaar for non-banks

Government is hesitant to allow these nonbanks direct access to the UIDAI database.

Solar power for schools in rural Maharashtra

Solar panels will be installed at government schools in rural areas of Maharashtra to combat frequent power shutdown and improve digital education.

Aadhaar At 10: Taking stock of India's ambitious mission to provide unique digital identity to all

An ambitious study covering 1,67,000 Indians by development consulting firm Dalberg sheds light on people’s experiences and perceptions. The ‘State of Aadhaar’ report is based on the most extensive survey ever on Aadhaar. The survey can provide valuable lessons for other countries on improving public services for the vulnerable.

NSDL ends Aadhaar e-sign services

With NSDL no longer supporting e-sign, brokerages and fintechs will now have to physically onboard customers. eSign is an online electronic signature service that can facilitate an Aadhaar holder to digitally sign a document.

India’s taking its digital success stories abroad

India’s success in using technology for social good in the form of Aadhaar, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is inspiring many countries across the world. India built an e-office platform for Sri Lanka last year, and work has started on a soil health card project in Cambodia.

You may get pre-filled income tax return form with capital gains data

While the government has introduced amendments to the Income Tax Act through the Finance Bill, sources said work has already begun on implementing the changes in the next few months itself.

Budget: PM-KISAN fund allocation may be trimmed by 20%

Agriculture ministry seeks Rs 60,000 cr for FY21 against Rs 75,000 cr in FY20 budget.

PAN-Aadhaar interchangeability: 6 instances where you can use Aadhaar number instead of PAN

Do keep in mind that it is advisable to link your PAN with Aadhaar number before quoting it in lieu of PAN. This is because there still is no clarity whether second PAN will be allotted to you if your Aadhaar is not linked to PAN.

No decision on NRC: Govt in Lok Sabha

The Centre has not taken a decision on preparing a nationwide NRC at present, minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

India successfully used digital technologies to reduce disparities among population groups: UN

The World Social Report 2020, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, notes how India harnessed the potential of digital technologies for more inclusive development. In the report, the UN said the experience of India suggests that mobile digital technologies need to be complemented by other technologies to reduce inequality in access to financial services.

Budget 2020: Govt proposes cut in tax on cooperative societies to 22%

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday proposed reduction of tax on cooperative societies to 22 per cent plus surcharge and cess, from 30 per cent at present.

AI-based systems to help more SMEs get access to credit: Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani explained that AI can be used to figure out good and bad credit risk, and rates at which loans are given can be tweaked based on such assessment.

Validate ID of bank loan seekers via UIDAI, Income tax dept: Economic Survey

The Economic Survey 2019-20 suggests the creation of GSTN like entity called PSB Network, use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to prevent the banking frauds. PSBN can use the I-T dept, UIDAI to validate the identity of the customer.

Remove tags to get more women in workforce: Tata Sons chairman

There are lots of 'tags' in India such as 'women cannot do this (kind of jobs); this is only for men,' and all of them have to be removed, he said. "There is a possibility of creating platforms for SMEs, there is a possibility of getting (more) women into workforce," Chandrasekaran said. Policy changes are also needed.

View: Political critique of NPR misses its importance in social benefit delivery

The National Population Register (NPR), which is under the political spotlight now, is a crucial link in this chain that has changed the way India targets its poor for welfare initiatives. To not hold or, in any way, delay the NPR exercise in 2020 will be far more politically counterproductive than the ongoing citizenship row. Just how?

Piped-water scheme to be Aadhaar-linked

According to an official document of the Jal Shakti ministry, which is implementing the ambitious programme of providing tap water connection to every household (‘har ghar nal se jal’) in less than five years, the Aadhaar link will be done for “targeted delivery and monitoring of specific outcomes”.

Mandatory to link PAN-Aadhaar by Dec 31: Income Tax Department

The deadline to link the permanent account number (PAN) with Aadhaar was extended till December 31 by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) through an order issued in September this year.

Norms of Aadhaar KYC eased, not of changing address in Aadhaar card

The press statement is issued in clarification with the reference to Aadhaar KYC. According to the statement, only norms related to Aadhaar KYC is eased and not in the change of address in the Aadhaar card.

India second largest mobile manufacturing hub globally: Kovind

The government is promoting manufacturing of mobile phones, TVs and other electronic devices, and National Policy on Electronics has been formulated in this regard.

Budget: Focus on ‘what is’, & not ‘what is not’

Within the constraints of a slowing down economy, the finance minister has chosen to announce measures aimed at furthering tax reforms, giving a push to investment, meeting the aspirations of the people and uplifting demand.

New Indian meaning for Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary words

Indian connotations for common English words and phrases form a separate genre.

How to apply for Aadhaar card without documents

Aadhaar card is an important document. To apply for Aadhaar card, you must have valid ID proof and address proof. However, you can still apply for Aadhaar card if you do not have the required documents. Here are two ways to apply for Aadhaar card.

Aadhaar mandatory for getting PM-Kisan benefits from December onwards: Centre

"The mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of beneficiaries' data continues to be applicable for release of all installments falling due with effect from December 1, 2019 onward," Agriculture Minister said in Lok Sabha. Under PM-Kisan scheme, the government is providing Rs 6,000 per annum in three equal installments to 14 crore farmers.

States must not delete ration card holders' names for lack of Aadhaar: Paswan

The central government has asked states and union territories to ensure that names of people are not deleted from the ration card database due to non- possession of Aadhaar, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday.

PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline is December 31. Here is how to link the two

Linking your PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory to file your income tax return. Another thing you to keep in mind is that if your PAN is not linked with Aadhaar by the December 31 deadline, then as per current laws your PAN will become inoperative.

Now, PM-Kisan payments only via Aadhaar-linked bank accounts

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Yojana, the central government provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to all farmer families in the country, paid in instalments of Rs 2,000 every four months. The instalment for the December 2019 to March 2020 will be transferred to Aadhar-authenticated bank accounts at one go this month.

90% of people trust data is safe with Aadhaar: Report

The study relied on insights from two national household surveys on Aadhaar, conducted between May and September 2019 and captured the experience of over 167,000 residents, which makes it the largest primary dataset on the use of Aadhaar.

Government expects proportionately better direct tax mop-up

So far this year, refunds are estimated to have increased to Rs 1.7 lakh crore, compared to Rs 1.4 lakh crore a year ago.

View: Budget 2020 is a building block for renewed emphasis on taxes

Aided by a lower base and indicators suggesting that the worst is over (detailed in the Survey), the lower end of that band is achievable.

Ujjwala, DBT helped cut kerosene subsidy: TV Somanathan

Expenditure secretary TV Somanathan says the government has been prudent in its spending proposals and had refrained from splurging to ensure long-term stability.

Two things about Modi's LIC move leave many MPs curious

The FM said in her budget speech that the govt proposes to sell a part of its holding in LIC through an IPO.

National database of workers in informal sector in the works

The Bill seeks to empower the central government to formulate and notify, from time to time, suitable welfare schemes for unorganised workers on matters related to life and disability cover; health and maternity benefits; old-age protection; education; housing or any other benefit.

Lenders need to provide info on security interest

Lenders are also required to inform the central registry of any change to a security interest and when such loans are paid off. They will have to file details of any order of attachment passed in their favour by any court or government authority.

Govt says no documents to be asked for NPR update

This is the first time census and NPR data is being captured digitally via mobile applications.

Aadhaar-property linking not an easy road: Experts

The Supreme Court in September last year had upheld the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar, making it a legal proof of identity and address for over 1.2 billion holders.

Aadhaar enabled payment system growth slows in FY20

AePS facilitates cashless transactions through biometric authentication. According to NPCI, which runs the platform, biometric-based transactions grew by 10% to 208 million transactions in October 2019 from 189 million in April. October usually sees high transactions because of the festive season and higher remittance from urban to rural areas.

Amazon, Flipkart may approach govt for clarification on Budget proposal

New proposed levy of 1% TDS on e-commerce transactions could increase burden on sellers.

Buy local products for 'better tomorrow'; efforts on to make India $5 tn economy: Prez Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday exhorted people to use locally manufactured products for a "better tomorrow" as he reiterated the government's commitment to make India a USD 5 trillion economy.

CBDT notifies PAN-Aadhaar interchangeability

The Union Budget presented in July had amended Section 139A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 to provide for interchangeability of PAN and Aadhaar number. However, an amendment to give effect to this change in various forms or returns and statements prescribed was pending.

Union Budget 2020: A year ahead for tax reforms and self-sustainability

Nirmala Sitharaman has followed the globally emerging trend of protecting the domestic industries for self-reliance and accelerate growth. In order to boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Union Budget has proposed several measures including customs duty rationalization.

Few states debar 4 insurance firms from PMFBY due to complaints: Government

In a written statement, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government had received some complaints against insurance firms about non-payment and delayed payment of claims during the implementation stage of the scheme.

Ajay Bhushan Pandey, author of the Aadhaar story, humbled by its global recognition

The journey wasn’t easy and faced obstacles, including legal challenges that went up to the Supreme Court.

Most Aadhaar holders believe data safe, subsidies assured

But 90% of people with Aadhaar believe, wrongly, that providing the number is mandatory for bank a/cs.

Aadhaar card update: Number of times name, date of birth, gender can be changed in Aadhaar

After putting restrictions on number of times date of birth can be updated in the Aadhaar card, UIDAI has further tightened the rules regarding updation of date of birth. Also, restrictions have been placed on the number of times name and gender can be updated.

Centre standing on brink of bankruptcy: Yashwant Sinha

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha asserted that the economy was passing through its "worst-ever crisis" due to the "death of demand" in sectors. He was speaking on the sidelines of his "Gandhi Shanti Yatra" against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). Sinha served as finance minister of India during 1998-2002.

I-T refunds of Rs 1.7 lakh cr to hurt FY20 direct tax mop-up

Refunds have increased largely due to ease of online return filing and pre-filled form facility along with Aadhaar one-time-password authentication. Combined with a 10% increase in personal tax collections, this makes for a notable increase in refunds. Gross collections stood at Rs 9 lakh crore this year against Rs 9.11 lakh crore in the same period last year.

SC notice on plea challenging law on private entities using Aadhaar

The petition by retired army officer S G Vombatkere and social activist Bezwada Wilson has urged the top court to declare the Aadhaar and other laws (Amendment) Act, 2019, and the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services) Regulations, 2019, to be ultra vires, and to issue a mandamus asking private entities not to access and store the Aadhaar database of their customers.

Get Aadhaar related help via this Twitter account

UIDAI's help centre Twitter account helps an individual resolve their Aadhaar related queries like updating mobile number, email ID or so on.

UIDAI issues standard certificate to help individuals applying for Aadhaar card without documents

Aadhaar issuing body Unique Identification Authority of India in order to resolve the problems faced by the individuals to get certificates from various functionaries such as MP or MLA has issued the standard format on which information has to get.

21 UIDAI-run Aadhaar Seva Kendras now operational

These are in addition to 35,000 Aadhaar enrolment centers run by Banks, Post Offices and state governments, the UIDAI said in a statement.

Sebi issues circular on Aadhaar e-KYC for investors

The circular mentions about the requirements to be fulfilled by entities registered with the UIDAI as KYC User Agency (KUA) as well as for sub-KUA.

How to invest in small savings schemes using the India Post Payments Bank app

The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) offers a single view of all the post office investments and allows subscribers to manage thee efficiently. Subscribers are also able to deposit money online in their RD, SSY or PPF account using the IPPB application.

No proposal to link social media accounts of individuals to Aadhaar: Ravi Shankar Prasad

"There is no such proposal with the government for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals," Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha. He was replying to a specific query on whether the government proposes to enact a law for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals.

HC declines to order linking of FB, Twitter, WhatsApp accounts with Aadhaar, PAN

​​A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said linking of accounts with social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, with Aadhaar, PAN or any other identity document requires framing of policies or amendment in existing laws by the central government and this exercise cannot be done by the court.

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