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SIM cards not linked to Aadhaar to be deactivated after February 2018
Government is moving ahead with linking Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards and all unlinked phones will be deactivated after February 2018. Official sources said, Aadhaar mobile linkage is being done as per the orders of Supreme Court passed in February this year in Lokniti foundation case. All SIM cards have to be verified with Aadhaar within a year from the date of judgement so that criminals, fraudsters and terrorists cannot use the issued SIMs. The Central government had told Supreme Court in February that it will put in place, within a year, an effective mechanism for the verification of prepaid mobile users who constitute 90 percent of the total subscribers.
Contact@DGFT scheme launched by Govt of India
The government has set up an online service facility that can be used by importers and exporters to resolve all foreign trade-related issues. An official statement issued today said that the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, which comes under Ministry of Commerce, has asked all exporters and importers to use the system – Contact@DGFT – for resolution of their matters. Traders can raise all matters related to the Directorate or other agencies of the Centre and States through this facility activated on the DGFT website. Contact@DGFT system has been activated as a single point contact for resolving all foreign trade-related issues. The DGFT notice to all regional authorities, export promotion councils, commodity boards and members of trade and industry said best efforts will be made for expeditious resolution.
Assam Government signs MOU with Google to increase digital literacy
The state government in Assam has signed an MOU with the tech major Google for improving digital literacy in the state. The project aims to improve internet connectivity in the state. Under this project, the government aims to provide internet connections to 25000 villages and 1250 tea gardens in the state.
Bharat Petroleum set to get Maharatna status
Government owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd is all set to receive a Maharatna status. It will be upgraded from the present Navaratna status. The decision to upgrade BPCL was taken by the Cabinet Secretary and a formal announcement is expected soon in this regard. The six Maharatnas in existence are BHEL, Coal India Ltd, ONGC, GAIL, NTPC and Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL).
India’s first food safety institute set up in Manesar by Nestle
The Food Safety Standards Authority of India has established India’s first ever Food Safety Institute in Manesar, Punjab. The Institute has been set up by Nestle India. The institute aims to train and guide its students in food safety standards including nutrition checks and keeping the ingredients in the food within the permissible limits. The institute will also conduct training programmes on food safety management systems, testing methods and regulatory standards. It will also bring in global expertise in this area.
Scientists make clean and cheap fuel from air
Researchers at the Cardiff University in the UK have discovered a new way of producing methane oil from methane gas using oxygen from the air. The discovery has major implications for cleaner, greener industrial processes worldwide. The new technique uses freely available air.
India bags two gold, one silver and two bronze medals on the final day of Commonwealth weightlifting championships in Australia
On the fifth and final day of the Commonwealth Youth, Junior & Senior Weightlifting Championships at Gold Coast, Australia today, India bagged two yellow medals, one silver and two bronze to wrap up their successful campaign in style with a total haul of 37 medals, including 23 gold. In the last five days of the Championships, 34 new records were created by the Indians.