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Facial Recognition at Airports in India soon: Govt Unveils Digi Yatra

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New Delhi, Oct 4: The union civil aviation ministry has unveiled Digi Yatra initiative that will enable air passengers to use facial recognition biometrics to enter airports.

This new system will enable the domestic flyers to follow a paperless boarding process. A unique identity number will be given to the people to board domestic flights. Each traveller shall get this unique ID from an aviation ministry portal which is linked to their biometrics. Flyers needs to produce this unique DY ID at the time of booking domestic tickets.

Digi Yatra has formulated standards  for the passengers to enable facial recognition technology for biometric-based boarding with a paper-less and hassle-free travel experience to passengers.

 

Facial recognition systems at airports will speed up boarding and security checks.

The passenger can create a Digi Yatra identity using a valid identification proof including voter card, driving license, Aadhaar among others, while booking a ticket and then after one-time verification process at the airport, the passenger’s face will be used as a mark of identity and boarding pass.

The airport authorities need not check the boarding passes and the ID as  the syatem will handles it.

But the Supreme court has banned making the Aadhaar usage compulsory , other than social benefit schemes and subsidies.

The civil aviation ministry will have to find a  non-Aadhaar route for Digi Yatra for  air passengers to use facial recognition biometrics to enter airports.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has finalized a new format for biometric based “Digi Yatra” for all airports..All the entry points at the Airports will have the E-gate to read the Bar Code / QR Code at the ticket. This bar code contains the Digi Yatra (DY) ID and Ticket Information. The new system will be responsible to authenticate the travel details and the passenger needs to produce the bio-metric for authentication purpose.

After a candidate successfully authenticates the ticket, E-Gate will open. A Passenger can access various services like check-in, security check, boarding using QR Code or bio-metric.

This new format would not replace the already existing procedure but only those who wants a paperless boarding experience shall get this unique DY ID. Previously, Aviation Ministry has launched the Airsewa portal for grievance redressal of flyers which will now be used for Digi Yatra.

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India records 14,849 new corona cases; active cases 1.84 lakh

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India recorded 14,849 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the active cases to 1,84,408 and total tally to 1,06,54,533, Health Ministry data said. A total of 155 more fatalities took the country’s COVID death toll to 1,53,339.

In all, 1,03,16,786 patients have recovered so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.82 per cent, the Ministry said.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 19,17,66,871 samples have been tested so far in the country, including 7,81,752 on Saturday.

India’s corona cases’ tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, the 30-lakh mark on August 23 and the 40-lakh mark on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16 last year, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and one crore on December 19.

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally

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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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Terror hideout busted, ammunition recovered in J&K

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A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after a terrorist hideout was busted by the security forces in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

According to details, the security forces received specific input about the presence of a terrorist hideout in a forested area in Mandi.

A joint team of the Border Security Force, police and army carried out the operation.

The hideout was busted and a large quantum of arms and ammunition was recovered including one AK-47 rifle, three AK-magazines, 82 AK rounds, three Chinese pistols, five pistol magazines, 33 rounds of pistol ammunition, four hand grenades and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).Searches were undergoing in the area.

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