National

Deadline for linking of Aadhaar with various services extended

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today extended till March 31 next year the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in an interim order, also modified its earlier order with regard to linking of Aadhaar with mobile services and said the deadline of February 6 next year for this purpose also stood extended till March 31.

The bench, which also comprised Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said that for opening new bank accounts, an applicant will not be required to provide Aadhaar number to the bank.

However, the applicant will have to show the proof to the bank that he/she has applied for the Aadhaar number, Justice Chandrachud, who wrote the unanimous interim order, said.

The apex court said the Constitution Bench would commence final hearing from January 17 on the petition challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself.

Yesterday, Attorney General K K Venugopal had submitted before the top court that the deadline of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes can also be extended upto March 31 next year.

Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.

Some petitioners in the top court have termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as "illegal and unconstitutional". -PTI 

PM Modi hands over keys to Awas Yojna beneficiaries

Shirdi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday handed over keys to beneficiaries of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana- Grameen (PMAY-G) during a public ...

Bengalis bid adieu to this year's Durga Pooja with Sindoor Khela

Kolkata : The city of Kolkata on this day of Maha Dashami prepares to bid farewell to Goddess Durga for one long year as she leaves for Kailash - her ...

PM Modi to visit Shirdi today

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Shirdi in Maharashtra on Friday.In Shirdi, the Prime Minister will unveil the plaque to mark the l...

Haryana: Minor girl raped while returning from school

Rewari : A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped while returning from school in Haryana's Rewari district.The incident took place on October 16, whe...