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NRC: Assam publishes list of included people online

Although the final NRC list was published on August 31, it was only for those who were excluded from the final list.

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Guwahati, Sep 14 (IANS) The authorities of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Saturday made online the final NRC enabling all the 3.30 crore applicants to check their citizenship status.

Although the final NRC list was published on August 31, it was only for those who were excluded from the final list.

“From today, everyone who had applied for inclusion of their names can check their names online for the individual status. Anyone who has got the valid Application Receipt Number (ARN) can check the status by logging on to the NRC Assam website,” a senior official said.

It may be mentioned that the final NRC which was published on August 31 excluded 19,06,657 people.

Although the NRC coordinator had on August 31 stated that a total of 3,11,21,004 people were found eligible for inclusion in the Final NRC, the individual status of those included in the list was made available online from Saturday only.

Assam started the initiative to update the 1951 NRC first in 2013 through a multi layered verification process. These rules have been framed as per the cut-off date of March 24 (midnight), 1971, decided as per the Assam Accord.

The process of receipt of NRC Application Forms started during the end of May 2015 and ended on August 31, 2015. A total of 3,30,27,661 members had applied through 68,37,660 applications, NRC authorities said.

The particulars submitted by the applicants were taken up for scrutiny to determine eligibility of their inclusion in the NRC.

The NRC updation is a mammoth exercise involving around 52,000 Assam government officials working for a prolonged period. All decisions of inclusion and exclusion are taken by these statutory officers.

The authorities had on last year published a draft NRC wherein 2,89,83,677 people were found eligible for inclusion.

Thereafter, claims were received from 36,26,630 people against exclusions, the authorities said on Saturday, adding the verification was also carried out of persons included in Draft NRC under Clause 4(3) of the Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.

The Assam government has, however, made it clear that those left out of the final NRC would not be detained under any circumstances till Foreigners’ Tribunals declare the decisions.

These people can first approach the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT) and subsequently move to higher courts if not satisfied with the FT ruling.

The state government will also make necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to those excluded from NRC by providing all assistance through the District Legal Services Authority.

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Russians fix vibration, N-power unit restarts at Kudankulam

According to the official, the first unit is at the end of its fourth fuel campaign which is due at the end of this month. The unit is planned to be stopped for the next scheduled preventive maintenance.

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Chennai, May 27 : The second 1,000 MW atomic power plant of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) at Kudankulam that was shutdown due to high vibrations in its generator has restarted power generation.

According to Power System Operation Corporation Limited, the atomic power plant that was shutdown on May 21, restarted power generation on Tuesday.

A team of six Russian specialists from turbine manufacturer Power Machines had come to Kudankulam to complete the vibration adjustment of the new generator stator in the second unit.

India’s atomic power plant operator — Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has two 1,000 MW power units supplied by Russia’s Rosatom.

On Tuesday, the two units together touched a peak generation of 1,304 MW and the average generation 659 MW.

“In March 2020, preventive maintenance was completed at Block 2 (Unit 2), in the framework of which the generator stator was successfully replaced,” a Rosatom official had told IANS.

The unit was operated at a lower capacity due to the need to complete the vibration adjustment of the new stator.

“This is a common world practice for this type of electrical machines,” he added.

According to the official, the first unit is at the end of its fourth fuel campaign which is due at the end of this month. The unit is planned to be stopped for the next scheduled preventive maintenance.

In order to avoid simultaneous shutdown of both the power generating units, the managements of Indian and Russian companies decided for a short-term shutdown of Unit 2 during May.

In pursuant of that decision and in connection with the partial relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictive measures, a chartered flight with specialists of turbine manufacturer Power Machines was dispatched from Russia in a timely manner, the official had said.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Jawahar Lal Nehru

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New Delhi, May 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru on his 56th death anniversary.

Taking it to Twitter, Modi said: “Tributes to our first PM, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji on his death anniversary.”

In 1964 Nehru died of heart attack at the age of 75. He served as the Prime Minister of India from its independence in 1947 until his death in 1964. The excerpt from “Tryst with Destiny”, his famous inaugural address as the first Prime Minister of independent India on August 15 “when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom” is one of the most popular addresses in the Indian History.

On 28 May, Nehru was cremated at the Shantivan on the banks of the Yamuna. His last rites were witnessed by 1.5 million mourners who had flocked into the streets of Delhi and the cremation grounds.

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Lockdown is not the goal: Harvard Prof Ashish Jha to Rahul

The Harvard Professor said that life will be very different when lockdown ends.

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New Delhi, May 27 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in his series of talks on Covid-19 pandemic interacted with Professor Ashish Jha of Harvard University who said that “lockdown is not a goal” but a time to separate infected persons from non-infected ones, when you can’t test aggressively. He said the lockdown has psychological impact too on the people.

“Lockdown buys you time, but lockdown is not the goal unto itself. You can use that time to prepare a really fabulous testing, tracing, isolation infrastructure. You want to use that time to communicate with people,” said Jha.

The Harvard Professor says that vigorous testing, tracing and isolation is helpful, “but if you can’t do that, then you have to lock everything down. Can you slow down the virus from a lockdown? Of course you can. But it has very substantial economic repercussions,” he said.

While Ashish Jha said that the reason to do the lockdown is that you are trying to slowdown the spread of the virus, as the virus is a new one. The humanity had not seen this virus before. That means all of us are suspects. All of us are susceptible population. Left unchecked, the virus will grow exponentially, he said.

“And the way to stop it is to take infected people and separate them from un-infected ones,” advocated Jha.

The Harvard Professor said that life will be very different when lockdown ends.

“This is not about going back to what life was like last May or June. That life over the next 6-12-18 months is going to look very different. And its really is about planning all of that out. So it’s not just communication, but really thinking through, what will public transportation look like? Who will go back to work. What will schools do. There is a lot of work you want to be doing during the lockdown,” he said.

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