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BJP MP Tejasvi Surya | Photo: @Tejasvi_Surya/Twitter

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya’s joy ride on LCA Tejas causes heartburns in party

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File image of an Aadhaar card | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Review pleas pending, 7-judge bench not formed — Aadhaar Act validity case languishes in SC

Aadhaar Act was ruled constitutional in 2018, after the 2nd-longest hearing in SC history. However, in 2019, a 5-judge bench expressed doubts about the verdict approving its passage as a Money Bill.
A screenshot of the New Delhi map | Google

Modi govt plans ‘One Nation, One Address’ to make mapping easier, improve a range of services

A report submitted by a working Group of Ministers identifies problems with how India names its address now, and what the benefits of a new system can bring.
Aadhaar Card

Why we made Aadhaar a number, and not a card

In ‘The Making of Aadhaar’, former UIDAI CEO Ram Sewak Sharma writes about why the counter-intuitive decision to make Aadhaar a digital ID and not a smartcard worked.

‘Making of Aadhaar’ — new book presents candid, first-hand account of how the ID was created

Ram Sewak Sharma, first director general of UIDAI, has authored 'The Making of Aadhaar: World’s Largest Identity Platform', to be released on 12 September on ThePrint's SoftCover.
A woman waves goodbye to her doctors while getting discharged from the hospital after her recovery from Covid-19 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

69% say govt should issue ‘Covid Warrior’ certificate to those recovered, finds survey

About 61% of the respondents to the survey conducted by LocalCircles said that the system to issue 'Covid Warrior' certificates should be linked to a citizen's Aadhaar number.
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Modi govt plans to make Aadhaar or PAN a must for property registration

Govt is likely to bring in the Registration (Amendment) bill in the next Parliament session to make Aadhaar or PAN mandatory, a move it hopes will check benami property transactions.
Expenditure secretary T. V. Somanathan | ThePrint

Link Aadhaar to ration cards, hike property tax — how states can increase borrowing limit

Expenditure Secretary T.V. Somanathan said the Centre's conditions to increase the borrowing limit for states are long-pending reforms aimed at ensuring debt sustainability.
PM Modi's rally in Kurukshetra

Aadhaar, MGNREGA, DBT, rural housing — how Modi has hijacked Congress legacy

Congress had kept the ingredients of a welfare structure ready. The Prime Minister mixed them together and added the Modi ‘tadka’ to sell them as his.
The Aarogya Setu is a healthcare app launched by the Narendra Modi govt.

I downloaded Aarogya Setu app — the twist in season finale of Black Mirror lockdown

Israel, Singapore, Italy and others have left the choice of using the contract tracing app for Covid upon users. But Modi govt is creating an Aadhaar-like moment.

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US President Joe Biden (file photo) | Commons

Pakistan doesn’t want Biden to renegotiate Afghan peace pact

Hard-nosed analysts say the Biden Administration must focus only on the main outcome – Taliban breaking their links with al-Qaeda.

Petrol prices near Rs 91 per litre mark in Delhi, over Rs 97 in Mumbai

Fuel prices had risen for 12 straight days before hitting a two-day pause button on 21 and 22 February. The increase follows a spurt in oil prices in the international market.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Army officials stand in front of a Arjun Mark 1-A tank | PTI

Army to get 118 Arjun Mark 1-A tanks as defence ministry clears proposal for ‘Hunter Killers’

Order for the two regiments of the Arjun Mark 1-A tank will take at least a year from now and would be the last for this system because the Army is looking at lighter tanks for the future.
Illustration by Soham Sen

India’s challenge is to avoid two-front war, but can Modi put politics aside for strategy?

India must break out of strategic triangulation with China & Pakistan. Before that, it must decide if it’ll let domestic electoral interests limit its strategic options.