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AUGUST 5, 2017

Aadhaar required for death certificates

  • Terming it a move to curb identity fraud, the government on Friday made Aadhaar numbers a pre-requisite for issuing death certificates to residents of all States, barring Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam, in order to establish the identity of the deceased, with effect from October 1, 2017.
  • If the person applying for the death certificate is not aware of the Aadhaar number or the Aadhaar enrolment ID number of the deceased, she or he would be required to provide a certificate that the deceased person does not possess Aadhaar number to the best of her or his knowledge, the Home Ministry said.
  • The Ministry has warned that any false declaration given by the applicant in this regard will be treated as an offence under the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969. “Applicant’s Aadhaar number shall also be collected along with the Aadhaar number of the spouse or parents,” the Ministry said, citing a notification issued by the Registrar General of India (RGI) that is entrusted with conducting the country’s Census.

SC for centralised system to select judicial officers

  • The Supreme Court on Friday indicated a favourable attitude towards a centralised selection mechanism for appointment of judicial officers in the subordinate judiciary.

‘No breach’

  • The Bench tried to assuage the concern of various States and High Courts, saying there would be no breach and interference in the federal structure.
  • “We are trying to do some service to the nation. It is nobody’s gain. No country can progress if there is no functional and effective judiciary. No person from abroad would like to come to India and contest his case for 15 years. Citizen should have confidence in the judiciary,” it said.
  • It directed the apex court registry to send a “concept note” of the proposal allaying the objections to all the Registrars-General of the High Courts and the secretaries of States’ Law Ministries.

ISRO set to launch satellite with corrected clocks

  • Indian Space Research Organisation will soon launch a replacement navigation satellite fitted with corrected atomic clocks to make up for the crippled satellite, IRNSS-1A.
  • The clocks for ISRO’s NavIC and the European Space Agency’s first 18 Galileo satellites came from the same Swiss company and developed similar problems around the same time. The two agencies had compared their navigation troubles. Mr. Kumar said the hardware solution was also similar for the two agencies.
  • Clarifying that ISRO continues to use all seven satellites, he said the troubled 1A can still send low-powered messages and weather data that are useful to fishermen.
  • “Basically four of these navigation satellites are sufficient for our functions. Within the 1,500 km range it makes no difference” except in the case of satellites put in geostationary orbits, he said.
  • Without the clocks, IRNSS-1A gives a coarse value that cannot be used for functions that need precise data.