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Taking note of media reports, UIDAI clarifies Aadhaar no reason to deny essential services

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Taking serious note of media reports on denial of essential services in the absence of Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued a statement declaring that “no essential service or benefit shall be denied to a genuine beneficiary for the want of Aadhaar”.

The authority’s statement comes in the wake of the Aadhaar linkages matter being heard by a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court.

It seems that the authority has woken up to the serious citizens’ rights violations happening in the country due to the government’s ‘voluntary’ identification initiative. The UIDAI mentioned three essential services which should not be denied due to lack of Aadhaar, namely, medical help, hospitalisation and ration through PDS.

The UIDAI notification said that it will write to the Chief Secretaries of all the States/Union Territories to ensure that Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 is implemented. Section 7 of the Act reads: “…Provided that if an Aadhaar number is not assigned to an individual, the individual shall be offered alternate and viable means of identification for delivery of the subsidy, benefit or service.”

Recently, within a fortnight there were two incidents of pregnant women being denied medical help due to lack of Aadhaar, one being reported two days back where a woman was turned away by a Gurgaon hospital for not furnishing an Aadhaar card. In both the cases, the women, after being denied admission, delivered their babies right outside the hospital.

Not possessing Aadhaar card has also resulted in deaths with the state of Jharkhand having reported the maximum number of deaths. Jharkhand has so far witnessed seven starvation deaths because of being denied ration in the absence of an Aadhaar card. The latest was the death of Likhi Murmu, a 30-year-old woman from the state’s Pakur district, who was denied ration for four months because the Aadhaar machine at the local ration shop had failed to identify her biometrics.

UIDAI also said that the claims of denials are being investigated by the concerned agencies and it will take “strict action” if the denials have occurred. The authority said that such “violations are punishable under respective laws of the land.”

“Under no circumstance, anyone can be denied a service just because he or she doesn’t have an Aadhaar, said the statement.

In case, someone does not have an Aadhaar card, the concerned agency or the department should provide service to the citizens using some other means of identification but denying the services straightaway can land the authorities in trouble. “If any official of a department denies a service for the lack of Aadhaar or lack of successful verification due to technical or any such reasons, a complaint should be lodged with the higher authorities of those departments for such unlawful denials,” said the authority.

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PM Modi chants Jai Shri Ram in Assam rally, shares visuals of Ram Lalla’s Surya Tilak, says emotional moment for him

Surya Tilak illuminated the forehead of Lord Ram Lalla idol at the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Ram Navami

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On the occasion of Ram Navami on Wednesday, the sun’s rays dropped in the form of a Surya Tilak on the forehead of Ram Lalla at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. PM Modi, who was in Assam for a campaign, chanted Jai Shri Ram during the rally and shared visuals of him watching Surya Tilak. He also urged the crowd, present at his rally, to turn on their mobile flash lights to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

Taking to social media X, formerly Twitter, PM Modi shared two images of him watching the Surya Tilak and said, after his Nalbari rally, he watched the Surya Tilak on Ram Lalla. He said, like crores of Indians, this is a very emotional moment for him. He also prayed for the nation, saying, “May this Surya Tilak bring energy to our lives and may it inspire our nation to scale new heights of glory.”

There is a new atmosphere in the entire country, and this birthday of Lord Ram has come after 500 years since he got the privilege of celebrating his birthday in his own home, PM Modi tweeted.

The PM also said, today we have the honour of celebrating this Ram Navami in Ayodhya in this way, after having to wait for five centuries. This is the result of many years of arduous penance, national sacrifice, and sacrifice.

Since the pran pratishtha of the Lord Ram idol at the new temple was dedicated on January 22 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this was the first Ram Navami.

The sun’s rays illuminated Ram Lalla’s forehead at Ayodhya’s Ram temple around 12:01 pm, creating a captivating spectacle that lasted for approximately two to two and a half minutes. The tilak measured about 58 mm in dimension.

The ceremony was broadcast live on enormous LED displays positioned in around 100 locations throughout Ayodhya.

the Surya tilak to function. It aided in reflecting sunlight from the third floor, close to the shikara, into the sanctum sanctorum. This step was taken since the sanctum sanctorum of the temple has been completely sealed off from direct sunlight.

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee scientists developed the process after consulting with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.

The optomechanical device is designed to precisely align the sun’s rays on the idol’s forehead on Ram Navami every year. The mirrors and lenses will only need to be slightly adjusted to account for the sun’s varying directions.

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MK Stalin says if Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes to power again, the country would go back by 200 years

MK Stalin said if PM Modi comes to power again, the country will be pushed back by 200 years and history will be rewritten.

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Tamil Nadu CM and DMK leader MK Stalin said on Tuesday that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes to power again, India would be pushed back by 200 years.  Stalin was addressing a rally in Sriperumbudur in the state in support of DMK candidate TR Baalu, he said, if PM Modi comes to power again, the country will be pushed back by 200 years and history will be rewritten.  He asserted that science will be pushed back, and superstitious stories will be given prominence. He added that Dr BR Ambedkar’s constitution will be replaced by the rules of the RSS.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister said a vote for the BJP is a vote for the enemy of state, a vote for the AIADMK is a vote for the betrayers of the state. Stalin hit out at the AIADMK and said that voting for the AIADMK was equivalent to voting for the BJP.

He added the AIADMK and the BJP were called natural allies, but they are now acting as if they are separated. The Tamil Nadu CM pointed out that when he was asked if the AIADMK would support the BJP in case they need majority, Edappadi K Palaniswami did not say that the AIADMK would not support the BJP. Stain said everybody is waiting to see AIADMK’s answer.

The Tamil Nadu CM asserted that the AIADMK can never go against the BJP. He said a vote for the AIADMK is equivalent to a vote for the BJP. Stalin responded to former chief minister and AIADMK general secretary Palaniswami’s claim that he had got several awards from the centre and said that Palaniswami had got the awards for being the best of slaves. He said they are carefully implementing schemes for the development of Tamil Nadu and Palaniswami claims that he has got awards from the central government.

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PM Modi greets nation on Ram Navmi, says Ayodhya is in incomparable bliss

PM Modi also recalled the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the country today on the occasion of Ram Navami. He said that Ayodhya is experiencing incomparable bliss as this is the first time the festival is being observed there following the consecration of the Ram temple.

He said in a series of posts on X that this is the result of the nation’s citizens’ years of hard labor and sacrifice.

Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Lord Ram, and a temple was just dedicated in Ayodhya at the place of his purported birth.

Together with a huge number of people, Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude and overwhelm at being present for the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya.

He claimed that the same energy still pulses through his memory of that particular moment.

Indians have a strong emotional attachment to Lord Ram. Ram Navami is also a moment to honour and remember the saints and devotees who gave their lives to build the Ayodhya temple, according to Prime Minister Modi.

Following the official opening of the Ram Mandir, Ayodhya has been decorated to greet worshipers on the first Ram Navami.

Vibrant lights have been used to brighten the entire temple complex. The Janmabhoomi Path has a crimson carpet spread on it to make it easier for devotees to walk about in the intense heat. For the comfort of devotees, carpets have also been installed inside the temple premises.

To shield devotees from the sun, a permanent canopy has been installed on the Janmabhoomi Path, while a temporary cover has also been installed on the Bhakti Path. In addition, the Ayodhya administration has installed assistance booths at 29 locations throughout the Mela region, extending from Tedhi Bazar to Naya Ghat.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., the eagerly awaited Surya Abhishek of Ram Lalla will take place. The celestial event will run for four minutes. The Sun’s rays will create a 75 mm tilak on Ram Lalla’s forehead during this time.

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