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Evening News Digest: 17 December 2017

UIDAI suspends Airtel, Airtel Payments Bank KYC licence

  • The UIDAI has temporarily barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process as well as e-KYC of payments bank clients.
  • UIDAI observed that as per agreement with the authority, Airtel and Airtel Bank are duty-bound and under obligation to ensure security and privacy of residents identity information.
  • The action follows allegations of Bharti Airtel using the Aadhaar-eKYC based SIM verification process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their informed consent.
  • This essentially means Airtel would not be able to, in the interim, carry out electronic-verification or link mobile SIMs of its customers with their 12-digit biometric national ID Aadhaar though the efficient and paperless eKYC (or electronic Know Your Customer) process of UIDAI.
  • Also, Airtel Payments Bank will not be able to open a new account with Aadhaar e-KYC. However, accounts can be opened through alternate methods, if available.

Source: India Today

WHO certifies Gabon as polio free

  • The World Health Organisation has declared Gabon a "polio-free country", given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country.
  • Cases of polio have decreased by 99 per cent since 1988, when polio was endemic in 125 countries and 350,000 cases were recorded worldwide.
  • Now the disease is endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the WHO recorded four cases this year -- two in each country. Last year, there were 37 cases globally.
  • Polio: Polio is a highly-infectious viral disease which mainly affects young children and can result in permanent paralysis. There is no cure and it can only be prevented through immunisation.

Source: News on Air

Tripura CM Manik Sarkar inaugurates Indo-Bangla Friendship Park at Chottakhola

  • Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar inaugurated Indo-Bangla Friendship Park at Chottakhola in South Tripura district. This park is a historic witness of friendship between Tripura and Bangladesh.
  • The foundation stone for the 20.20 hectare park, which encompasses seven hillocks and a lake near the Trishna wild life sanctuary, was laid by the then Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in November 2010.
  • Two statues of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and India Gandhi, were put up in the park which was earlier a base for 'Mukti Joddhas'.

Source: PTI

Indian Jr Girls claims 4 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze medal at Intl. Boxing in Ukraine

  • Indian Junior Girls have claimed four gold, three silver and a bronze medal at the Valeria Demyanova Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Ukraine.
  • 15 year old junior boxer Jhalak Tomar claimed a silver medal in the 54 kg category of the tournament on the concluding day in the Ukrainian city of Nadvirna. External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj congratulated Jhalak on her winning the medal.

 Source: News on Air

India won 10 gold at Johannesburg Commonwealth Wrestling Championship

  • India have swept the greco roman category medals on the opening day of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa.The wreslters won 10 gold medals and as many silver.
  • The Gold medal winners are: Rajender Kumar in 55 kg, Manish in 60 kg, Vikas in 63 kg, Anil Kumar in 67 kg, Aditya Kundu in 72 kg, Gurpreet in 77 kg, Harpreet in 82 kg, Sunil in 87 kg, Hardeep in 97 kg, and Naveen in 130 kg category.

Source: Indian Express

GST Council clears way for e-Bill mechanism

  • GST Council has approved mandatory compliance of e-way bill for intra-state movement of goods from June 1, 2018.
  • The Council has fixed February 1 as the compliance date for inter-state movement of goods. The e-way bill facility will be available for trial run from January 16. These decisions were taken at the 24th meeting of the GST Council.
  • The e-way bill mechanism has been introduced in the GST regime to plug tax evasion loopholes. Tax evasion was one of the reasons cited by the government for the fall in revenue collection in October.

Source: TOI

Pradhan inaugurates Eastern India's first CNG stations

  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated eastern India’s first CNG stations for scooters.
  • The minister also launched CNG-run scooters. The CNG stations were part of GAIL’s Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and City Gas Distribution projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
  • By using CNG instead of petrol/diesel in two-wheelers, one can save up to 30-40 per cent of his oil expenses per month.
  • The Centre will invest `5,000 crore for pipeline project. Out of this, `2,000 crore is estimated to be invested for development of human resources.

Source: New Indian express

World Telugu Conference inaugurated in Hyderabad

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the five-day event, the World Telugu Conference in Hyderabad.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind would be the chief guest at the valedictory function of the WTC on December 19 at L B Stadium. At the event there will be discussions and talks on Telugu literature and culture. A documentary on Telangana culture and heritage would also be screened.
  • About 8,000 guests and representatives have registered to attend the World Telugu Conference.

Source: India Todays

Newton' fails to make the cut at Oscars

  • Rajkummar Rao's critically acclaimed film Newton, which was India's official entry for the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category, has failed to make it to the final cut.
  • Other acclaimed films, which were also omitted in the final selection are Cambodia's First They Killed My Father (directed by Angelina Jolie) and Franc's BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo.
  • The last Indian film, which made it to the final cut, was Aamir Khan's Lagaan in 2001 while Mehboob Khan's Mother India in 1958 and Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay in 1989 were also picked in the final selection. But no Indian film has ever won an Oscar.

Source: NDTV

Indian Railways to focus on human trafficking in 2018

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that in 2018 his ministry will put a greater focus on preventing atrocities against women and children.
  • A number of additional measures are being taken to ensure passenger safety in the trains. "The year 2018 will be taken as a year where we collectively fight against atrocities against women and children, especially human trafficking.
  • Internet connectivity and CCTV on trains will be provided. The Railway Minister also informed that a meeting with the top management of the ministry was held earlier in the day to discuss ways to enhance working in the Indian Railway for "New India" in 2022.

Source: DDI News

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