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Supreme Court to scan the linkage of Aadhaar and PAN Cards April 22, 2017 13:55

The Aadhaar card was made mandatory for income tax returns, provident funds, bank accounts and filing PAN cards under the Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, which was introduced by the Finance Act 2017. The Supreme Court of India said that it would scrutinize the validity of the Central Government’s decision to make Aadhaar card mandatory for PAN cards and for filing income tax returns and sought a clarification from the government. A bench of Justices Arjan Kumar Sikri and Ashok Bhushan asked the government why the Aadhaar was made compulsory when the apex court in its order made it clear that it could only be made optional. The bench said that it will scrutinize the issue whether the decision was valid or not in light of its interim order that said Aadhaar could be stipulated only for welfare benefits. “Is this the remedy? Forcing people to get Aadhaar cards?” Justice A.K. Sikri orally addressed Attorney-General of India Mukul Rohatgi. Mr. Rohatgi said that people were obtaining multiple PAN cards, which were used to “divert funds” to shell firms and linking to Aadhaar will curb such practices. "There is a legislative mandate now. Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act says so. It is the only option as we have found that people were getting PAN cards on fake ration cards and such PANs were used to divert funds to shell companies," he said. The court is hearing petitions filed by the former Kerala minister, Binoy Viswam and S.G. Vombatkere a former Army officer challenging the amendment in the I-T Act making it mandatory to quote the Aadhaar card in filing income tax returns. Arivnd Datar, who is a senior advocate appearing for the petitioner, alleged that the amendment is extremely harsh and should not be allowed. He said that the amendment made it compulsory for people to provide their unique Aadhaar number and if one fails to do so then the PAN card would become void. However, Rohatgi justified the government’s decision and said that there is nothing wrong in linking Aadhaar card with PAN card. He added that Supreme Court itself agreed to make Aadhaar card compulsory in certain fields to protect identity and national security. “You (Supreme Court) yourself had recently ordered that Aadhaar should be made mandatory to procure SIM cards,” Mr. Rohatgi contended. The bench adjourned the case, after a brief hearing and posted it to April 26th for final hearing. It was a crucial attempt to link Pan Card with Aadhaar card as people file for multiple PAN cards, which are used to divert funds and the linkage will also curb the flow of black money to an extent. Supreme Court suggests proceedings against BJP leaders AMandeep

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Gujarat Lions lords over Kolkata Knight Riders April 22, 2017 13:10

Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina, desperately needed a big knock to stamp his class. It came at Eden Gardens with Kolkata Knight Riders being at the end. Raina single-handedly guided his side to a crucial win over the favorite with a knock of 84 off 46 balls. The four wicket triumph gave the beleaguered Lions a revival shot and lifted them above Pune at the bottom of the table. Suresh Raina came to bat after Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum gave a 42 run stand in just 3.3 overs. Raina took time adjusting to the conditions before exploding. He smashed both spinners and pacers. Earlier, Sunil Narine once again gave Kolkata a flying start as he walked out with skipper Gautam Gambhir to open the innings after Gujarat won the toss and elected to field first. Narine, who scored 37 off 18 balls against Kings XI Punjab gave an improved performance, smashing nine boundaries and one six, scoring 42 off 17 balls. Rattled by Narine’s rage, Raina brought himself on and succeeded in tricking the Caribbean into miscuing a shot to Faulkner at mid-on. However, there was no rest for the visiting side as Gambhir and Robin Uthappa continued in the same vein. Raina tried out seven bowlers in the first nine overs of the innings to stop the flow of runs, but the strategy failed as the Kolkata duo took the score to 100 in the 11th over. Gujarat bowling was trembling and greatly regretting their decision to leave their most successful bowler, Tye. To add to their woes, their fielders often fumbled and gave away extra runs, including over-throws. After Gambhir’s dismissal Uthapa powered on, as he went on to score 72 off 48 balls and completed his second half-century of the season. Manish Pandey, who was the hero of Kolkata’s win over Delhi, failed to raise the tempo. His 24 off 21 balls meant the home fell well short of the 200 mark. - AMandeep

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India makes fresh request for extradition of David Headley, Rana April 21, 2017 11:24

India has made a fresh request to the USA for extradition of David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana, for the involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Andrew McCabe visited India earlier this month to meet the officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA is probing the conspiracy behind the terror 2008 attacks in Mumbai; it raised the pending requests for extradition of Headley and Rana with Mr. McCabe. It also said that its multiple requests for the custody of Rana had gone unheeded. Revising its demand, NIA told the FBI that though Rana was convicted by a United States court of providing material to the Lashkar-e-Taiba - the terror group, which was behind the attacks, had not been tried for crimes registered in India – of forgery and criminal breach of trust. The double ‘jeopardy law’ clause in the US law prevents punishment for the same offense twice. So, in 2016 India demanded Rana’s extradition on the grounds of planning an attack on the National Defense College and Chabad House (Jewish centers) in several cities. A senior official of the Union Home Ministry said: “Since Rana has already been convicted by a U.S court, he cannot be tried for the same crime twice. We told the FBI official that we also have a case of forgery and criminal breach of trust registered against him, and he has not been tried for these crimes.” Mr. McCabe assured the NIA that it would look into the matter. A US court sentenced Headly to 35 years in prison, and NIA thinks that they have a case because his conviction was made only on the basis of the six Americans, who were killed in the 26/11 attack. Several Indians were also killed and for this, Headley is still to face the law. Rana, who is a school friend of Headley, is currently serving a 14 year term in the United States for providing material support to the terrorist group LeT. According to the FBI, Headley visited India again in March 2009 for reconnaissance of the NDC in Delhi and Jewish Centers. Supreme Court suggests proceedings against BJP Leaders AMandeep

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Mumbai Indians conquer Kings XI Punjab April 21, 2017 10:44

Mumbai Indians on rampage conquered Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore with a spectacular chase to win their consecutive match of the tournament by a comfortable eight wickets. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and put Punjab in to bat first, deciding to go with the tournament of chasing so far. After all, 12 victories this season have come for teams batting second. Batting first, Punjab had set a target of 198/4, still 20 runs less than what Mumbai Indian’s bowling coach Shane Bond had predicted on this pitch. A grand century from a composed Hashim Amla, it was the kind of innings that, every once in a while, can end up unmasking the monstrosity of the very format. In the last five overs of the innings, Kings XI almost made Sharma’s decision look like a bad one. In the absence of Manan Vohra, who was unwell and had to be rested, Punjab brought in Shaun Marsh, who started off well. Between 6th and 9th over, Kings XI did not have a single boundary. It was only after the fall of Wriddhiman Saha's wicket that the Amla-Maxwell duo blossomed and spiked the run flow. Exactly 50 runs were scored in the 15th and 16th over with Maxwell taking 28 off McClenaghan and then Amla hammering Malinga for 22. It took an exceptional effort from Mumbai Indian’s most reliable bowler, Jasprit Bumrah to stem the rot. He sent Maxwell back to the dressing room. But Amla’s century went in vain; as Mumbai’s four batsmen chased the mammoth score that to within 15.3 overs. It was not supposed to look this easy for Mumbai, but Nitish Rana joined hands with opener Jos Butler to make the result look extremely one sided. AMandeep

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Nenjam Marappathillai Tamil Movie April 21, 2017 10:38

Nenjam Marappathillai is an upcoming Kollywood film directed by Selvaraghavan, produced by Gautham Menon and P. Madan. The film stars S. J. Surya, Regina Cassandra, Nandita Swetha in the leading roles.For more previews, stay tuned....

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Sonakshi Sinha Noor Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew April 20, 2017 18:37

Noor is the story of Noor Roy Chaudary (Sonakshi Sinha) who works for a news agency headed by Sekhar Das (Manish Choudary). Noor wants to get some sensational news on board; she has been forced to cover some uninteresting local news. She has two best friends, Zara Patel (Shibani Dandekar), a DJ and Saad ( Kannan Gill). Malti (Smita Tambe) unknowingly divulges some shocking details to Noor after which she starts an enquiry about her brother’s health. This is during this time, Noor finds a big story. The rest of the movie is all about what happens next.

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Irish Woman abuses Indian passengers in Train April 20, 2017 15:58

An old lady hurled racist abuse at Indian passengers on a train in Ireland. She called Indians a disgrace and said to one of them to “F*** off back to India.” The incident began when the woman objected to an Asian passenger placing a bag on an empty seat. “Look at the ugly head of that fella. That is the only reason he is backing you up is because he is ugly.” In the series of tweets, the lady is heard saying ‘I hate Indians,” and “You should not be taking Irish seats.” She kept abusing for about 18 minutes before the Indian passengers gave up and got off the train.   @IrishRail "f3ck off and go back to India" angry #irishrail rant part 2 pic.twitter.com/HqYKLtTYMi — TheBex™ (@TheBexWay) April 16, 2017 The Irish Independent reported that the Police in Ireland were investigating the matter on Tuesday. The Irish Rail was reported about the incident and they came out with a statement, condemning the action. They said that actions like this will not be tolerated. “People should be able to travel on our services without abuse of any kind. The footage is very clear and very shocking and we welcome the fact that another member of the public was able to assist in identifying the person involved.” The woman, who recorded the video, said that the passengers had no other choice, but to leave as the old lady did not stop abusing even after 18 minutes. She kept giving this treatment for the entire ride, until they gave up. Racist attacks on Indian community are on a rise across the world and now in Ireland too. Indian-origin Industrialist passes away at 88 AMandeep

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South Indian Frog Mucus Kills Flu Virus April 20, 2017 12:17

Have you ever thought, that frog mucus can kill flu virus..? A research shows that a component of the skin mucus secreted by the South Indian frogs has the ability to kill H1 variety of influenza viruses, researchers from the Emory Vaccine Center and also the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology in India have discovered. Frogs skins were known to secrete peptides which defend them against bacteria. The research, published on Tuesday in Immunity, suggests that peptides represent a resource for the antiviral drug discovery as well. Anti-flu peptides could become handy when the vaccines for flu are unavailable, in the case of a new pandemic strain or when the circulating strains become resistant to current drugs, said the senior author Joshy Jacob, PhD, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Emory Vaccine Center and Emory University School of Medicine. The first author of the paper is a graduate student David Holthausen, and the research grew up with the collaboration of M.R. Pillai, PhD and also Sanil George, PhD from the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology. Jacob and also his colleagues named one of the antiviral peptides they identified as urumin, after a whip-like sword called "urumi" which was used in southern India centuries ago. Urumin was found in the skin secretions of the Indian frog Hydrophylax bahuvistara, which were collected after the mild electrical stimulation. Peptides are the short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Some anti-bacterial peptides work by punching holes in the cell membranes, and are thus toxic to the mammalian cells. Some of the antiviral peptides from frogs were toxic in this way, but urumin was not. Instead, urumin appears to only disrupt the integrity of flu virus, as seen through the electron microscopy. "I was almost knocked off my chair. In the beginning, I thought that when you do drug discovery, you have to go through thousands of drug candidates, even a million, before you get 1 or 2 hits. And here we did 32 peptides, and we had 4 hits," Jacob said. It turns out that urumin binds stalk of the hemagglutinin, a less variable region of the flu virus which is also the target of proposed universal vaccines. This specificity could be more worthy because current anti-influenza drugs target other parts of the virus, Jacob said. Because the flu viruses from humans cannot infect frogs, producing urumin probably confers an advantage on the frogs in fighting some other pathogens, said Jacob. When delivered intranasally, urumin protected the unvaccinated mice against a lethal dose of some flu viruses. Urumin was specific for the H1 strains of flu, such as the 2009 pandemic strain, and was not effective against some other current strains such as H3N2. Developing antimicrobial peptides into the effective drugs has been a challenge in the past, partly because of the enzymes in body can break them down. Jacob's lab is now exploring the ways to stabilize antiviral peptides such as urumin, as well as looking for the frog-derived peptides which are active against other viruses like dengue and Zika. Jacob's lab is based at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The research was supported by Emory University and also by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (Primate centers: P51OD11132). Also Read: Fungal Pesticides Offer Alternative To Traditional Chemicals Mrudula Duddempudi.

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Hyderabad outclassed Delhi Daredevils April 20, 2017 10:21

It is popularly believed that T20 cricket is a format best relished by the muscle men and sloggers. But even in the shortest format, technical batsmen like Kane Williamson have their own minimal improvisations, which does as much as anyone in world cricket. IPL rules allow only four foreign players in a squad and with Sunrisers Hyderabad wanting to play three all-rounders apart from skipper David Warner, even Williamson had to sit out of the first five matches of the season. However, yesterday he was drafted into the side and he filled all the gaps in the Hyderabad batting line-up. The Sunrisers had a rare off day as they choose to bat after winning the toss. An express delivery from Chris Morris got rid of Hyderabad skipper Warner, and that was not the best thing for them. Hyderabad could not have asked for a better no. 3 as Williamson along with Shikhar Dhawan dominated the match. Williamson scored 89 runs off 51 balls (6x5, 4x6) and Dhawan added 70 off 50 balls (6x1, 4x7). Delhi bowlers were having a hard time at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Morris’ second over fetched 10 runs for the home side; Angelo Matheews first over went for 16. Angelo Mathews conceded 41 runs off his 3 overs spell. The 136 runs partnership between Dhawan and Williamson put Sunrisers on course for 191/4. After an entertaining performance Williamson’s hit was caught by Shreyas Iyer off Morris, who was the only successful bowler for Delhi with 4/26. But Hyderabad were already set and added another 56 runs in the last five overs. Hyderabad’s second change also worked well. With 62 wickets from 21 matches, Mohammed Siraj is one of the top wicket-takers in domestic season and he had Siddarth Kaun, who took 67 wickets in 21 matches. Sanju Samson’s 42 off 33 balls and Karun Nair’s 33 off 23 added 71 runs, as Delhi cruised 56/1 in the first six overs and hardly looked in trouble till Nair got run out. Samson’s wicket soon after the strategic timeout meant Delhi needed 65 from the last 30 delivers, but they only mustered 176/5. AMandeep

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