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Aadhaar Card Update: Aadhaar not a valid proof of age – High Court

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From time and again, many Indians have tried to produce an Aadhaar Card as a document to verify age. However, in a recent case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has clarified that the 12-digit identification number cannot be used as proof of age.

The court noted that since no documentary details are asked at the time of Aadhaar Card enrollment, the document can’t be used as valid proof of age.

The Aadhaar Card, which is issued by the Unique Identity Development Authority of India (UIDAI), has become a really crucial document in recent times. From availing several services offered by the central and state governments to applying for banking facilities, one needs to produce an Aadhaar card.

Punjab and Haryana High Court were hearing a petition filed by a couple who had run away from Haryana’s Jind district, according to a report by TOI. Justice Amol Rattan Singh had passed the order related to Aadhar’s validity as a valid proof of age.

The HC reportedly said that there is no proof of age of either of the petitioners other than their Aadhaar cards. “….Hence, if upon actual verification the age of the petitioners, especially petitioner No. 1 (girl), is found to be below marriageable age in terms of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, this order will not bar proceedings under the provisions of that act, all offences punishable under the provisions of the said act being cognisable in terms of Section 15 thereof,” the HC was quoted as saying by TOI.

The court has also directed authorities to determine the actual age of the girl. Legal action will be taken against the couple if the true age is found false. However, for now, the court has granted police protection to the couple.

 

 

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Petrol, diesel prices hiked; Check latest rates

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Petrol and diesel prices were hiked across the country for the sixth consecutive day on Sunday.

In Delhi, the petrol price was hiked by 30 paise per litre, taking it to Rs 104.14. The price of diesel in the national capital has gone up to Rs 92.82 per litre with the hike in price by Rs 0.35.

In Mumbai, petrol is priced at Rs 110.12 per litre (up by Re 0.29) and diesel costs Rs 100.66 per litre (up by Re 0.37) today

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Government Denies News of Tata Sons Winning Air India Bid

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The government has denied media reports that the Tata group has won the bid for Air India. Bloomberg had earlier reported that the Tata group won the bid for Air India after more than half a century after handing over control of the national carrier to the government. But, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management said in a tweet, “Media reports approving financial bids by Government of India in the case of AI disinvestment are incorrect.”

Ajay Singh, chairman of Tata Group and SpiceJet, had bid for the debt-ridden state-run Air India earlier this month in his capacity. In December 2020, the government had invited Expression of Interest for the disinvestment of Air India. Four bidders entered the race to pick up the troubled airline, but Ajay Singh, CEO of the Tata Group and SpiceJet, was the only one to reach the final stage.

This is the second attempt by the PM Modi-led government to sell Air India. The Center had earlier unsuccessfully tried to sell the troubled airline in March 2018. However, its expression of interest to sell a 76 per cent stake in Air India had no takers at that time due to concerns about the airline’s rising debt.

According to reports, Air India has incurred over Rs 70,000 crore, and the government loses around Rs 20 crore for running the national carrier every day. The troubled airline, which ruled India’s skies, began to lose ground with the advent of private airlines in the 1990s and no-frills airlines in the mid-2000s. The merger with the state-owned domestic airline Indian Airlines in 2007 proved to be the final nail in Air India’s coffin.

But despite its precarious finances, Air India still controls over 4,400 domestic and 1,800 international landing and parking slots at domestic airports and 900 places abroad.

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Banks to remain shut for 21 days ; check dates, full list here

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If you are planning to visit your bank in October, plan very carefully as the upcoming month is going to be packed with several bank holidays as per the mandated list of leaves issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In total, there are 21 bank holidays in the month of October. However, most holidays are state-wise celebrations which means banks in specific states will be close.

Except for a few days, the majority of these holidays are only applicable for a handful of cities and states at a time. As per RBI’s Bank Holiday 2021 list, out of the 21 holidays in October, only 14 of them are holidays because of an occasion, the other seven days are weekend leaves, which encompass Sundays, as well as the second and fourth Saturday of the month.

The RBI mandated holidays are grouped under the categories of ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act’, ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act and Real Time Gross Settlement Holiday’ and ‘Banks’ Closing of Accounts’. In the month of October, the majority of the holidays come under the ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act’ classification, however, October 1, the very first holiday on the list, comes under the ‘Banks’ Closing of Accounts’ classification, which is only a holiday for banks located in Gangtok.

The first holiday on the list that falls under the ‘Holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act’ is set to happen on October 2, in the form of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. This national holiday is one of the few that is applicable to all states and cities that the RBI considered for its list of bank holidays next month. The other big holiday that is set to take place and see a large majority of states participate is Durga Puja/Dasara/Dusshera (Vijaya Dashmi), on October 15. This holiday will apply to all banks across India, except those located in Imphal and Shimla.

Full list of holidays for the month of October 2021:

October 1 – Half Yearly Closing of Bank Accounts (Gangtok)

October 2 – Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (All States)

October 6 – Mahalaya Amavasye (Agartala, Bengaluru, Kolkata)

October 7 – Mera Chaoren Houba of Lainingthou Sanamahi (Imphal)

October 12 – Durga Puja (Maha Saptami) / (Agartala, Kolkata)

October 13 – Durga Puja (Maha Ashtami) / (Agartala, Bhubaneswar, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi)

October 14 – Durga Puja/Dussehra (Maha Navami)/Ayutha Pooja (Agartala, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gangtok, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram)

October 15 – Durga Puja/Dasara/Dusshera (Vijaya Dashmi) / (All Banks except those in Imphal and Shimla)

October 16 – Durga Puja (Dasain) / (Gangtok)

October 18 – Kati Bihu (Guwahati)

October 19 – Id-E-Milad/Eid-e-Miladunnabi/Milad-i-Sherif (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday)/Baravafat / (Ahmedabad, Belapur, Bhopal, Chennai, Dehradun, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Kanpur, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram)

October 20 – Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday/Lakshmi Puja/Id-E-Milad (Agartala, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Shimla)

October 22 – Friday following Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi (Jammu, Srinagar)

October 26 – Accession Day (Jammu, Srinagar)

October Bank Holidays

Weekend Bank Holidays in October:

October 3 – Sunday

October 9 – 2nd Saturday

October 10 – Sunday

October 17 – Sunday

October 23 – 4th Saturday

October 24 – Sunday

October 31 – Sunday

While the bank branches will remain closed on these days, mobile and internet banking will remain functional as usual. Customers can make transactions through online modes.

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