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Aadhaar row: SC pulls up Mamata’s govt, asks how can state challenge Parliament’s mandate?

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New Delhi, Oct 30, 2017: The Supreme Court of India on Monday has pulled up the Mamata Banerjee government over its challenge to mandatory linking of Aadhaar to mobile phones by asking the West Bengal CM to approach the court as an individual capacity.

The apex court said that “Mamata Banerjee has to approach us as an individual and also observed that how can a state question laws passed by the parliament.”

Further, the court issues notice to Centre on separate plea challenging linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar and seeks reply within four weeks.

Justice AK Sikri led bench will hear the West Bengal government’s petition challenging the Centre’s move.

In addition to Banerjee’s plea, it is very much likely that the Centre will inform the top court of its decision to extend the deadline for people to provide their Aadhaar details till March 31 next year.

The SC will also hear a plea challenging a move to make people link their Aadhaar number to their mobile phone numbers.

At a party meeting in Kolkata on last Wednesday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Banerjee had also opposed the linking of Aadhaar with her mobile phone number, saying “Aadhaar number should not be linked with one’s mobile phone. I will not link my Aadhaar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped.”

On the same day, the Centre had told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of various government schemes has been extended till March 31 next year for those who do not have the 12-digit biometric identification number.

Attorney General K K Venugopal had told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the deadline extension from December end till March 31, 2018, would apply only to those who do not have Aadhaar and are willing to enroll for it. When Venugopal had said he would take instructions on certain issues on Aadhaar, after which the court had asked him to mention the matter again on October 30.

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J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

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Srinagar, Feb 21: The Pakistan army violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on Wednesday late night.

This comes at a time when relations between the two countries have soured in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that killed at least 40 CRPF jawans on February 14.

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Himachal avalanche: 5 soldiers still missing, rescue underway

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Shimla, Feb 21: Despite inclement weather, rescuers on Thursday resumed a search operation near the Tibet border with Himachal Pradesh where a snow avalanche claimed life of a soldier and five went missing.

As the rescue operations entered the second day, the authorities suspected that the soldiers might be trapped in the snow pile spread over a 200 square metre area.

“This morning the search operation began despite intermittent snowfall,” a government official told news agency IANS.

The calamity triggered yesterday when the glacier near Namgia Dogri, burying six jawans of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while 16 of them were on a routine patrol.

Five Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) soldiers were also wounded in the mishappening.

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Fresh snowfall, landslides shut Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Jammu, Feb 21: Fresh snowfall in the Bannihal sector and multiple landslides in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway, prompting halt of all traffic on Thursday on the strategic route.

“Over a foot of fresh snow has accumulated on the highway in Bannihal sector. There have been multiple landslides triggered by heavy rain at places in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector, as well,” a traffic department official said.

It is raining heavily along the 300-km stretch at various places both in the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu division.

“No vehicular traffic will be allowed on the highway today. Snow and landslide clearance operation will be started immediately after the weather improves,” the Traffic Department said.

The official said stranded vehicles along the highway were all parked at safe places.

The highway is regarded as the jugular vein of the landlocked valley as all essential supplies are routed to Kashmir through this road. Each time the highway gets blocked, shortages of essential supplies hit the valley.

From February 6 to 12 the highway had remained shut causing acute crisis in the valley.

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