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Centre had no option but to make Aadhar card mandatory: Attorney General

Centre had no option but to make Aadhar card mandatory: Attorney General

New Delhi, Apr 21 (UNI) The Supreme Court today asked the Centre how it made Aadhaar card mandatory in violation of its order to make it optional. The bench, headed by Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, was hearing a plea seeking a direction on the issue of Aadhar. Attorney General (AG), Mukul Rohatgi, top law officer representing the Union of India, submitted that the Centre had found that a number of Pan cards were being used to divert funds to shell companies and to prevent it the only option was to make Aadhar card mandatory. The apex court said it would likely dispose off the matter on Wednesday. In its last order, the apex court had said that Aadhaar should not be made mandatory for any kind of government schemes. The apex court asked the Centre as to whether the move would address the problem of generation of fake PAN and ration cards. "Is this the remedy? Asking people forcibly to get Aadhar card?" Justice Sikri questioned. The court’s observation came on a petition challenging the constitutionality of Section 139 inserted in the Income Tax Act by the Finance Act, 2017. The petition had been filed by former Kerala Minister Binoy Viswam, represented by counsel Arvind Datar and Sriram Prakkat. The provision inserted in the Act makes Aadhar card mandatory to obtain a PAN and continue the validity of the existing PAN to file returns under the Income Tax Act. Rohtagi had argued that fake PAN and ration card had been obtained by people in large numbers, which was creating problems for the system. Such cards could be made easily by producing fake identity cards. The AG pointed out that that it was because of a "legislative mandate" that Aaadhar had been made mandatory under Section 139 AA. He contended that the court itself had agreed to making Aaadhar card mandatory for some purposes to protect identity and national security. "You yourself had recently ordered that Aaadhar should be made mandatory to procure SIM cards,’’ the AG said. Mr Datar countered that going by the AG's logic, one could get a PAN card on the basis of showing 'my Aadhar as proof. By making Aadhar mandatory under Section 139 AA, a PAN became invalid, which would have serious consequences.' UNI XC-NAZ SW RP1529

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Will stand shoulder to shoulder with Africa: Modi

Will stand shoulder to shoulder with Africa: Modi

Gandhinagar, May 23 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India will always stand by and support African countries in the long run for the progress and betterment of the latter.

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23 May 2017 | 12:50 PM
21st century would not be Asia's alone but belong to Africa also: Jaitley

21st century would not be Asia's alone but belong to Africa also: Jaitley

Gandhinagar, May 23 (UNI) Stating that the African nations are transforming rapidly despite sluggish global economic scenario, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said 21st century would not be Asia's alone but would belong to both Asia and Africa.

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23 May 2017 | 1:52 PM
One year of troubles and turmoils for AIADMK, more challenges ahead

One year of troubles and turmoils for AIADMK, more challenges ahead

Chennai, May 23 (UNI) The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, which has split into two groups, has completed a tumultuous one year in office, that saw the party losing its charismatic leader late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, virtually putting the party at the cross roads and an uncertain future, with a full four year term left to be completed.

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23 May 2017 | 1:47 PM
Bengal Govt to introduce five vessels for ferrying people across the Ganga

Bengal Govt to introduce five vessels for ferrying people across the Ganga

Kolkata, May 23 (UNI) The state Government is soon going to introduce five steel vessels, each with a capacity of 250 passengers, for ferrying passengers across the Ganga.

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23 May 2017 | 1:46 PM
Shiv Sena leader Satish  Pradhan to surrender in special Ayodhya court tomorrow

Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan to surrender in special Ayodhya court tomorrow

Lucknow, May 23 (UNI) The decade-long trial in the Ayodhya demolition case is likely to see the light of the day tomorrow, when the last accused Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan surrenders before the special CBI court.

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23 May 2017 | 12:51 PM
Delhi MCD bypoll: AAP wins Maujpur, Cong bags Sarai Pipal Thala

Delhi MCD bypoll: AAP wins Maujpur, Cong bags Sarai Pipal Thala

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) The Aam Aadmi Party, which has been shrouded with alleged 'irregularities' and infighting, today received shot in the arm after its candidate Reshma won the Maujpur MCD bypoll while Congress bagged Sarai Pipal Thala.

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23 May 2017 | 1:49 PM
Shah unveils statue of Pt Deen Dayal

Shah unveils statue of Pt Deen Dayal

Hyderabad, May 23 (UNI) Continuing his three-day visit to the backward Nalgonda district in Telangana today, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah went round the Vellugupalli village after unveiling the statue of Economist and Social Reformer Pandit Deen Dayal there.

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23 May 2017 | 11:52 AM
Delhi MCD bypoll: Setback for BJP as AAP, Cong win bypolls from Maujpur, Sarai Pipal Thala wards

Delhi MCD bypoll: Setback for BJP as AAP, Cong win bypolls from Maujpur, Sarai Pipal Thala wards

23 May 2017 | 2:23 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) In a setback for the BJP, which secured a huge victory in the recent polls to the three Municipal corporations in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress secured a victory in the bypolls for the Maujpur and the Sarai Pipal Thala wards respectively.

Three Engineering students died in a road mishap

23 May 2017 | 2:06 PM

Kalaburagi, May 23 (UNI) Three Engineering students were killed on the spot and two others injured when a car in which they were travelling overturned near Geeta Nagar on the outskirts of the city today.

'Double bonus' awaits Man United in Stockholm, says Mata

23 May 2017 | 2:08 PM

Undated, May 23 (Reuters) Manchester United have had a long, hard season but the prospect of winning a European trophy and booking a spot in next season's Champions League will be enough to revitalise tired minds and bodies for one more match, midfielder Juan Mata has said.

JPCC celebrates 26th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

21 May 2017 | 6:22 PM

Ranchi, May 21 (UNI) The Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee today paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna late Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary which was celebrated by the party as ‘Shahdat Diwas’.

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