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Deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking extended till December 31

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Government wants to wait for Supreme Court’s decision on three petitions related to Aadhaar which have now been posted for hearing in the first week of November. The deadline for Aadhaar linking for availing social sector schemes has already been extended till Dec 31

In major relief for Income Tax assessees who failed to have their Permanent Account Number (PAN) linked with their Aadhaar, the deadline for doing so has once again been extended. The Union finance ministry, on Thursday, decided that linking PAN with Aadhaar can now be done till December 31.

The decision came on Thursday evening, hours before the renewed deadline of completing the PAN-Aadhaar linking process was to expire. Earlier the government had announced that PAN must be linked with Aadhaar by July 31, a deadline that was later extended till August 31 amid reports that no further extension will be granted.

However, with at least three matters related to Aadhaar – including the government’s decision to make it mandatory to link PAN and the unique biometric identifier – pending before Supreme Court for a hearing scheduled for the first week of November, it seems that the Union finance ministry thought it fit to extend the deadline till the year-end. On Wednesday, the government had informed the Supreme Court that it was willing to extend the deadline for Aadhaar linking for availing social sector schemes till December 31.

Besides the petitions challenging the government’s decision of making linking of Aadhaar with PAN and for availing social security benefits under the Direct Benefits Transfer scheme compulsory , the third petition – filed by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh – pending before the SC questions the Union government’s decision of having the Aadhaar Act 2016 passed by Parliament as a Money Bill.

Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says every person with PAN as on 1 July 2017, who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar must intimate his Aadhaar number to tax authorities. The tax department had, on July 31, stated that “unless a finding is made that Aadhaar is constitutionally not valid, tax return filers will need to link their PAN with Aadhaar by 31 August 2017.”

Incidentally, December 31 is also the deadline for people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar.

Tax filers, however, were allowed to file their annual income returns by August 5 without linking their Aadhaar with PAN. They were to just quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement number for having applied for Aadhaar when filing their income tax returns. A government communiqué had said: “income tax returns filed will not be processed should tax filers fail to link Aadhaar and PAN on or before 31 August 2017.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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PM Modi inaugurates India’s longest cable-stayed bridge, Sudarshan Setu, in Gujarat

The newly-inaugurated Sudarshan Setu connects Okha and Beyt Dwarka island.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated India’s longest cable-stayed bridge in Dwarka, Gujarat.

The Sudarshan Setu, which connects Okha to the island of Beyt Dwarka, cost Rs 979 crore for its construction. The 2.3 kilometer long bridge was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in October 2017, with the statement that it will connect the old and modern Dwarka.

According to an official announcement, the four-lane, 27.20-meter-wide bridge has 2.50-meter-wide footpaths on each side. The unique design of Sudarshan Setu has a pathway flanked on both sides by pictures of Lord Krishna and verses from the Bhagavad Gita.On the higher sections of the footpath, solar panels have also been installed, producing one megawatt of electricity.

Before the bridge was built, pilgrims had to take boats to get to Beyt Dwarka.

The bridge was formerly known as Signature Bridge, but it is now called Sudarshan Setu, or Sudarshan Bridge. The popular Dwarkadhish temple of Lord Krishna is located in Dwarka town, approximately 30 kilometers away from the island of Beyt Dwarka, which is close to Okha harbor.

Additionally, PM Modi will offer prayers at the Dwarkadhish temple.

The first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Gujarat will be inaugurated in Rajkot this afternoon by the prime minister.

The prime minister will virtually open four other recently constructed AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal in addition to the Rajkot AIIMS.

The Center spent Rs 6,300 crore building the five super-speciality hospitals, one of which is located in Rajkot.

The PM will also lay the foundation stone for several projects, including the construction of the regional scientific center in Jamnagar, the installation of a flue gas desulphurization (FGD) system at the Sikka Thermal Power Station in Jamnagar, and the expansion of the Dhoraji-Jamkandorna-Kalavad portion of NH-927D.

Additionally, the prime minister will set the groundwork for more than 200 healthcare infrastructure projects in 23 states and U.T.

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UP government cancels Reserve Civil Police recruitment exam, says fresh test to be held within 6 months

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath posted on X that there can be no compromise with the sanctity of examinations. He assured the people that strict action will be taken to address any attempts to sabotage the efforts of aspiring candidates. He said firm action was pledged against those found responsible for such misconduct.

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The government of Uttar Pradesh cancelled the Reserve Civil Police recruitment exam on Saturday and said a new exam to be conducted within 6 months. The examination took place on February 17 and 18th. According to reports there were allegations of the question paper being leaked.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath posted on X that there can be no compromise with the sanctity of examinations. He assured the people that strict action will be taken to address any attempts to sabotage the efforts of aspiring candidates. He said firm action was pledged against those found responsible for such misconduct.The re-examination will be held in next 6 months and the candidates will be taken to the exam centres free of cost by the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) buses.

The Yogi government has ordered an investigation into suspected irregularities and tampering in the Review officer/Assistant Review Officer (RO/ARO) examination. The investigation is focusing on administrative issues rather than the content of the exam paper. The state government also directed for registration of an FIR against those found responsible for the leak. The recruitment exam took place in two shifts in which more than 48 lakh candidates had applied and 43 lakh had appeared for the examination.

According to reports there was a paper leak on social media and it was available at a price between Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh. Many candidates had it 8-12 hours before the commencement of the examination. The UP Police recruitment and promotion board on Monday constituted an internal committee to carry out investigation in the alleged paper leak and viral question papers on social media.Hundreds of candidates who had appeared for the UP constable recruitment examination 2024 gathered at Eco Garden, Lucknow, on Friday and staged a massive protest demanding re-examination

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman travels by Mumbai local, takes selfies with commuters

Finance Minister Sitharaman took a ride in a local from Ghatkopar to Kalyan.

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday travelled in a Mumbai local train and interacted with commuters while travelling from Ghatkopar to Kalyan. She also took pictures with them.

Sitharaman left commuters by surprise when she made her way inside their coaches. This morning, the commuters had an unusual co-passenger travelling with them. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the passengers.

Taking to X, Sitharaman’s office informed that the Finance Minister took a ride in a local from Ghatkopar to Kalyan. The office also shared pictures of Sitharaman taking selfies with the youngsters and office-goers.

Later in the day, Sitharaman also attended the inauguration ceremony of the BITS Pilani news campus in Kalyan, Maharashtra. Addressing the ceremony, she said that a growing India draws from its skilled youths who contributed to the nation’s development.

She further said that the impact of a well-rounded education is such that different services and different domains benefit from their presence, adding that, she said that most often the government is lectured by the Western top leader that India should have a culture of charity, to which she thoroughly disagreed with them by giving them the example of institution like BITS, which promotes good education, funds needy students and sets a good example of various other charitable work they have done, Sitharaman added.

Furthermore, Sitharaman said that the innovation from India to innovate for India was the principle with which her government has worked, so innovation gets all the support.

Speaking about the recent budget, She said that, the vote on the account budget, she had announced that there would be a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore given for the corpus for a special purpose vehicle which will be created by the government, which will be funding innovations and research and development activities, she asserted.

BITS Pilani, an institution which started just from being a ‘Paathshala’, is now an institution where people now long to study, she added. There have been 7,400 CEOs from BITS Pilani, many in Fortune 500 companies, she further added. Over 3,300 academicians, including Vice-Chancellors, Directors, and Heads of Departments in prestigious universities globally, are from BITS Pilani, she said at the inauguration of BITS.

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