BENGALURU FRIDAY MARCH 08, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 50 LATE CITY EDITION AADHAAR MONETISED, FIRMS TO NOW PAY FOR SERVICES Businesses using Aadhaar services will now have to pay `20 for each customer verification (eKYC), UIDAI said Thursday WOULD HELP BUSINESSES, SAYS GOVT SETTLE BILLS IN 15 DAYS OR FACE FINE Businesses currently shell out a lot more for Know Your Customer (KYC) verifications done using paper and other physical means. So, they have been demanding the use of Aadhaar-based authentication and KYC, an official source told PTI. Firms would also be charged 50 paise for authentication of each transaction done using Aadhaar ■ ■ Government entities and the Department of Posts are exempt from the authentication transaction charges Other firms should pay the charges within 15 days of the issuance of the invoice. Any delay shall attract interest compounded at 1.5 per cent per month and discontinuation of the services A150-200 THE C0ST PER KYC DONE SANS AADHAAR (PHYSICAL VERIFICATION) CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Last Cabinet meet ticks checkboxes tied to polls Ordinance to be promulgated to facilitate faculty reservation in colleges; infrastructure projects in major cities to get big push Sweetener for sugar industry The CCEA approves additional soft loan of `12,900 cr to sugar mills to create ethanol capacity under a recently launched scheme A proposal to build 50 new Kendriya Vidyalyas (KVs) in areas of deployments of security and railway personnel approved Separate soft loan of `2,600 crore to molasses-based standalone distilleries to augment capacity and set up new units Scheme for rebate to all state and central embedded levies for apparel and made-up textiles approved Thermal power projects in Khurja (UP) and Buxar (Bihar), too, get CCEA’s nod. Both states are important for the BJP M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi IN what was perhaps its last Cabinet meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the gover nment on Thursday sought to address a wide constituency - from assuaging Dalit angst on faculty reservation in colleges to mega infrastructure push in Delhi and Mumbai and sweetening the deal for sugar mills - to e n h a n c e t h e B J P ’s p o l l prospects. T he University Grants Commission’s (UGC) announcement in March last that an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for SC/ST candidates, following an order by the Allahabad High Court, had soured the Dalit mood as they feared it would create fewer vacancies. As the Supreme Cour t rejected a special leave petition filed by the HRD ministry against the high court order and later dismissed its review petition, the ball was back in the government’s court. “The Cabinet has decided to recommend promulgation of an ordinance to make the university as a unit in place of a department. This will benefit candidates from SC/ST and other backward classes,” said Union Minister Arun Jaitely . The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also gave the BJP’s Delhi unit a new talking point by approving a proposal to form a panel under the lieutenant governor to suggest a roadmap to transfer land ownership rights to people living in unauthorised colonies. R e m e m b e r , unauthorised colonies house nearly one-third of the Capital’s population. The Aam Admi Party’s promise to reach d eve l o p m e n t a l wo rk s t o unauthorised colonies was a cornerstone of its sweep in Delhi in the 2015 Assembly elections. And the nod to Phase IV of Delhi Metro came as a bonus. The Cabinet also approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Phase IIIA, besides the third 155-km rail line between Narayangarh in Bengal and Bhadrak in Odisha, which is part of the congested HowrahP17 Chennai route. Major facelift for KR Market area in the pipeline | P2 History-sheeter hacked to death in daylight| P3 Govt to increase pay for docs under ‘On call’ scheme | P7 Have to accept the party’s decision: Mandya MP | P8 Maoist leader gunned down in Kerala| P10 Flyers may soon shell out more for airport security | P11 SC ORDER ON AYODHYA MEDIATION The apex court is scheduled to pronounce its order on whether to refer the land dispute case for mediation for amicable settlement today. P11 Suburban rail link project hits hurdle again, may be delayed S L A L I T H A @Bengaluru B14KCR INVESTMENT, 13,000 JOBS BOOST FOR STATE P7 WITH THIS ISSUE CITY’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 50 PAGES, INCLUDING 24 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) JUST two weeks ago, the much-awaited suburban rail project looked to be firmly on track after Railway minister Piyush Goyal thrashed out all outstanding issues with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. But now it may be months before the `23,000 crore rail link can get off the ground as it was not taken up by the Union Cabinet on Thursday in what is widely believed to be its last meeting before the Lok Sabha elections are announced. The 161-km railway network cannot make any progress until the Centre’s approval comes through. The project will now be hanging fire until elections are held and a new government gives it a lease of life, say top state government officials. The financial viability of the project came into question, it is reliably learnt. A highly placed source said a presentation on the project was made by top railway officials to the Railway Board on Wednesday and it was discussed with the Prime Minister’s Office later. “It was supposed to figure in the list of projects to be approved by the Cabinet on Thursday However, it never . made it to the list,” the officer said. Two other sources also confirmed that the project did not make it to the Cabinet for approval. However, there seem to be differing views on the need to obtain consent from the Union government. Confirming that the suburban rail project was not taken up by the Cabinet, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D V Sadananda Gowda said, “It has already been approved by the Cabinet. Now, an MoU has to be signed (between Railways and State) before the project is implemented.” P7 CELEBRATION OF GRIT Child marriage victim turns saviour for destitute women D E V A R A J B H I R E H A L L I @ Tumakuru Driving for 27 years, she wants her own auto For the past 27 years, Shantha N has been plying her rented auto through the city streets. When she lost her daughter and son-inlaw several years ago, and she and her husband were left to take care of their grandson, the auto became her source of livlihood. “We stay in a rented house, but we are managing home as well as my grandson’s education,’’ she says. Her hope is to drive her own auto one day, reports Ashwini M Sripad. P4 BARELY into her teens, she was married off and even had two daughters. A huge tragedy struck her when she lost her husband just four years later. But it was her indomitable spirit that saw her turn into a guardian angel for scores of women who had been pushed to the streets by their families. Now 38, Yashodha takes care of about 45 destitute women. “I was forced to marry my relative at the age of 13 and I lost my alcoholic husband at 17. I was shocked, but I faced life like a rock. I managed to complete my BBM course as well. Now, I am happy that I am able to contribute to society she says. She has been pooling in ,” from her own earnings as an insurance company agent, besides raising funds from philanthropists, to run two destitute homes. While her older daughter is pursuing a medical course in the Philippines, the younger girl is studying engineering in Bengaluru. What motivated Yashodha was the snub at a shelter home in Bengaluru in 2013, where she had taken a woman she had found on the streets. The authorities there told her they were full and asked her to open a shelter home herself if she was so concerned about the plight of such people. Taking up the challenge, Yashodha set up the first shelter home with three people whom she had found by the roadside, at a rented house in Ashoka Nagar here. Now, she runs two such homes, one at Jayanagara East, where she has constructed a building on a rented site for which she pays `2,000 per month, and another at Upparahalli. The first one can accommodate P4 about 28 women. Cong first list has Sonia in Rae Bareli N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow ENDING months of speculation that Sonia Gandhi might retire from politics, the Congress on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, showing the senior leader will contest from Rae Bareli. Notably, Priyanka’s name does not figure in the list. Of the 15 names announced late on Thursday night, 11 are for Uttar Pradesh while four are from Gujarat. Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi. The other nine seats for which names have been announced — Saharanpur, Badaun, Dhaurara, Unnao, Farrukhabd, Kushinagar, Faizabad, Jalaun and Ambedkarnagar — have remained Congress strongholds. Though the Congress had won just two seats from UP in 2014, the first list for 2019 makes it clear that the party has played safe on its pocket boroughs by retaining established names such as Salman Khurshid from Far rukhabad, RPN Singh from Kushinagar, Jitin Prasada from Dhaurara and Anu Tandon from Unnao. The name of Imran Masood from Saharanpur was a foregone conclusion as he was one of the six Congress candidates who put up a spirited fight in 2014 despite the ‘Modi wave’. Masood had given a tough fight to BJP’s Raghav Lakhanpal who had secured 39.50 per cent votes and Masood was close behind with 34.14 per cent votes. There was a small difference of 5. 36 per cent between the winning candidate and runner-up Imran Masood. Similarly, RPN Singh too was the runner-up in Kushinagar. However, Salman Khurshid in Farrukhabad, former UPCC chief Nirmal Khatri in Faizabad, Raja Rampal in Akbarpur, Anu Tandon in Unnao and Jitin Prasad in Dhaurahra had remained on 4th position. On the other hand, Salim Sherwani will make the contest in Badaun interesting as the sitting MP from the constituency belongs to the Yadav clan of the Samajwadi Party Dharmendar Ya. dav, the first cousin of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, has been a two threetime MP from the same seat. OUTRAGE AS KASHMIRIS ATTACKED IN UP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Lucknow IN the latest incident of Kashmiris being targeted in the wake of the Pulawama terror attack, two dry fruit sellers were assaulted in Lucknow on Wednesday As the . video of the incident went viral on social media, the Lucknow police swung into action and arrested all four on Thursday . The vendors were abused and beaten with sticks by members of little known Vishwa Hindu Dal, run by one Ambuj Nigam who is also on police radar. Main accused Bajrang Sonkar, 35, has Grenade attack over a dozen criminal kills 1 in Jammu cases against him. A grenade explosion The other three — rocked the crowded Himanshu Garg, general bus stand in Amar Kumar and AnJammu city on iruddh Kumar — were Thursday, killing a also arrested for asteenager and sisting Sonkar. injuring 32 others. SSP Lucknow KalaPolice arrested the nidhi Naithani said, culprit, who was “Some anti-social eleworking for Hizbul ments assaulted KashMujahideen P13 miri youths at Daliganj Bridge under Hasanganj on Wednesday We have rescued . the victims but one Kashmiri youth ran away as he was terrified.” , Afzal, the victim, said he was sitting with his brothers when a group of men approached them. “Suddenly they attacked me after asking about my identity he said, ,” adding that the men were carrying sticks.
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