AaDhaar – NRIs new fear! To or not to apply for Aadhaar?

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Mind Speaks - Aadhaar 26 July 2017ccTo news reports published in prominent newspapers Khaleej Times and Gulf News have created lot of confusion and fear among NRIs based in UAE.

On 24th July 2017, Khaleej Times came out with the news below:

NRIs urged to apply for Aadhaar Card


Filed on July 24, 2017 | Last updated on July 24, 2017 at 08.29 am

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Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are advised to apply for the Aaadhar card to avail of state benefits and for hassle-free transactions in future.

According to a manager of the NRI section of State Bank of India (SBI), the government has not exempted Indian expats from the Aadhaar card.

Jose GL, NRI section manager at SBI’s Varkala branch, Kerala, told Khaleej Times:

“My advice to NRIs is to apply for Aadhar Card, as there is a chance for the government to make it mandatory for expats as well. Without an announcement, the government has now asked everyone to link their Permanent Account Number (Pan) with Aadhaar, for income tax returns. There is no doubt that Aadhaar will become compulsory and beneficial for several transactions in the coming years.”


Today, 26th July 2017 Gulf News have come out with a totally contradictory version of it:

‘NRIs not eligible for Aadhaar ID card’


Published: 14:32 July 26, 2017

Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter

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If banks, or any Indian institutions, demand that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) produce Aadhaar for official transactions, simply inform them that NRIs are not eligible for the identity card issued to residents of India, a top Indian official told Gulf News on Tuesday.

“Just tell them that we [NRIs] are not eligible for Aadhaar, therefore, don’t force us to produce it,” Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said in a telephone interview from New Delhi.






Whether to apply for an Aadhaar, the thought has now become aa dar (upcoming fear) for expatriates here.

Who to follow and what to do is very important and appreciate responsible newspapers should do necessary homework before publishing such important formation of high importance.

Appreciate to have a clarification from the Indian Embassy authorities on which of these reports are to be followed by all.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

26th July 2017




ശാരദേച്ചിക്കു ഹൃദയത്തിൽ നിന്നുള്ള ഭാഷ്പാഞ്ജലി !

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(wife of late M N Vijayan)

ചിന്തകള്‍ക്കും ചിന്തകര്‍ക്കും മരണമില്ല. ആശയങ്ങള്‍ ഫലപ്രദമായി ധൈര്യത്തോടെ എഴുതാനും തുറന്നു പറയാനും അത് മനസ്സിലാക്കിക്കാനും ഉള്ള കഴിവ് വളരെ ചുരുക്കം പേര്‍ക്കെ ഉള്ളു. ഒരു വലിയ പുസ്തകശേകരത്തിനുടമ. ഇപ്പോള്‍ അത് കൃത്യമായി സൂക്ഷിച്ചു പരിപാലിച്ചു പോരുന്ന അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ സഹധര്‍മിണി ശാരദ ചേച്ചിയോട് മലയാള നാടിനു വലിയ ഒരു കടപ്പാട് ഉണ്ട്. ഓര്‍മ്മകള്‍ മരിക്കുമോ ഒരിക്കലും ഇല്ല.

വേദനയോടെ അവരുടെ നിര്യാണവാർത്ത പങ്കുവക്കുന്നു. സാസംകാര ചടങ്ങുകൾ ഉച്ചക്ക് 3 മണിക്ക് കൊടുങ്ങല്ലൂർ വച്ച് നടക്കും എന്നറിയുന്നു.

അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ വീട്ടില്‍ 2011 ഇൽ സന്ദര്‍ശിക്കാന്‍ സാധിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ എടുത്ത ചിത്രങ്ങൾ.

ആ സന്ദർഭത്തിൽ ഞങ്ങൾക്ക് സ്നേഹപൂർവ്വം തന്ന ഒരു അപൂർവ വിഭവം.


Be part of a drinking water project

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Drinking water project for birds

Summer activity for children (and adults)

It is summer time and here is an interesting project for all.

  • Take your used water bottles (preferably 5L bottles).
  • Modify it for attaching to the date palm trees within the city as shown in the photo.
  • Identify a suitable palm tree near your place.
  • Half fill it once daily (either early morning or evening) with normal tap water.
  • Continue to do it. Encourage others to follow too.

Done and you will be thanked by 100s of birds during this summer!

It was during one of my cycling trips that I noticed this innovative approach by someone. Thought, it should be promoted. Congratulations to all those who take part in this social cause.


A date with Dates!

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A date with Dates

#inabudhabi on Friday morning is the most interesting thing you should try out, if not done already. The quietness, neatness and peace surrounding is something you enjoy along with the breeze. A bonus now is the beauty of the date palm trees that are filled with dates ready to harvest. Summer holidays and thinking of some quality time with children. This will be good option.
Ensure to follow safety guidelines using the biking tracks.


News U Wish to Read – 19 July 2017

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017


 World’s first commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm on its way to Scotland


The first of five turbines for the Hywind Scotland commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm has now sailed away from Stord in Norway to its final destination, Buchan Deep, 25 km east of Peterhead in Scotland. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, announced that it had acquired a 25% stake in the Hywind Scotland project during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January. All five turbines were successfully assembled outside Stord, Norway this summer. Now they are being individually towed to Scottish waters. Each turbine journey takes 4 days of sailing across the North Sea. On arrival, work immediately starts to install anchor lines and to perform hook-up operations, taking 2-3 days per turbine. Turbine installation is scheduled to be finished by the end of August.

Published: 19th July 2017

Follow: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302623951

Leading Dubai banks post strong set of first-half results

Gulf News

Cost control and lower provisions support operating performances.  Leading Dubai banks such as Emirates NBD (ENBD), Emirates Islamic (EI) and Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) posted their first-half results on Wednesday, reporting strong operating performances supported by declines in costs, lower provisions and improved margins.

Published: 19th July 2017

Follow: http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/banking/leading-dubai-banks-post-strong-set-of-first-half-results-1.2061590

Politics & Economy

Why alternative assets may become the ‘new normal’

The National

When it comes to investment strategies, we are all aware that past performance is no guide to future returns. But it’s easy to forget that the same applies to asset classes. Most of us have rules of thumb as to the typical returns that particular markets provide. But we need to acknowledge that future returns from those assets may be very different. In the years ahead, equities and bonds will still be vital to many investors’ portfolios. But traditional 60:40 equity/bond allocations are unlikely to fare well. That model worked well when government bonds produced a 6 per cent return, but it won’t work when returns are just 1 per cent. Instead, combining equities with a diversified mix of higher-return alternative assets should offer investors better outcomes in the ‘new normal’ of low rates and slowing growth.

Published: 19th July 2017

Follow: https://www.thenational.ae/business/money/why-alternative-assets-may-become-the-new-normal-1.610337

Community, Environment & Society

Lubna Al Qasimi tops Forbes list of 10 most successful women in government sector


The UAE topped the list of countries with most powerful Arab women in 2017 with 18 of its citizens making it to the list, according to Forbes Middle East in its July edition.The UAE was followed by Egypt with 16 women, Lebanon with 12 women, and Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with 10 and nine women, respectively. The list included two sub-lists, ‘The 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen’, which was headed by Lubna Al Olayan, CEO of Olayan Finance Group, who is managing multi-billion dollar investments in the Middle East, followed by Lobna Hilal, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, and Rajaa Al Garg, administrative director of Issa Saleh group, in the third place. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, led the second sub-list of most powerful 10 women in the government sector, followed by Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation in Egypt, who signed three agreements worth US$227.9 million in a range of fields with German Minister of Development, and Ghada Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity in Egypt, in the third place.

Published: 18th July 2017.

Read more: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302623768

Abu Dhabi Art announces line-up of galleries participating in 2017


Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Art 2017 will return this November with 48 established and emerging galleries from 18 different countries, offering works by a diverse range of globally celebrated and up and coming artists.  Running from November 8th – 11th, the fair will feature galleries from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East, and will see the introduction of a new curated section by Dr. Omar Kholeif entitled, ‘Focus: Beyond Territory’, exploring the concepts of formal, social and economic landscapes. Curated by Dr. Kholeif, the Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the ninth edition of Abu Dhabi Art will introduce a group of inter-generational artists and major projects from both emerging and leading galleries to a Middle Eastern audience for the first time. Established and emerging galleries will offer visitors a selection of exceptional artworks from the modern era, as well as contemporary works by leading artists. Abu Dhabi Art has also introduced a new category for 2017 entitled ‘Solo Projects’, encouraging participating galleries to focus on a curated presentation of a single artist.

Published: 19th July  2017

Read more: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302623864

Telangana puts cap on school bag weight

The Hindu

A GO has has banned homework for children in primary classes.

Acting on proposals submitted by the Commissioner and Director of School Education, the Telangana School Education Department on Tuesday issued strict guidelines to reduce the weight of school bags for children in the State. Schools including aided and un-aided private schools have to follow guidelines, according to the GO.  Terming the weight of the school bags as a serious threat to the health and well being of the students in primary, upper primary and high schools, the guidelines limit the number of books and notebooks students bring to the classroom. It shifts the onus on school officials to supervise the implementation of the steps.

Published: 19th July 2017

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/go-puts-cap-on-school-bag-weight/article19303752.ece?homepage=true

Readers are our mirrors

The Hindu

Last week, a score and five senior journalists and editors from across South Asia were in Kathmandu for two different events. One was on borders and the other was on labour migration. The journalists were from different platforms: print, radio, television and online. But they were curious about the efficacy of news ombudsmen in this region. They wanted to know about The Hindu’s decade-long experience in having an independent news ombudsman. The idea of an Open House between readers and the senior editorial team of this newspaper flows from this unfailing faith in oral tradition. The physical presence of readers amidst the editorial staff becomes a silo-breaker. The fifth Open House is scheduled in Delhi this weekend. The warmth in this dialogue can never be captured by any innovation of Silicon Valley.  Readers are our mirrors and we invite them so that we can look at ourselves in them.

Published: 17th July 2017

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/Readers-Editor/readers-are-our-mirrors/article19290117.ece?homepage=true


Google back in the news feed game

The National

Years ago, Google built a social network separate from its prized asset, Web search.

The effort failed. Now the company is trying again – only this time it is turning its search engine into something that looks a lot like the news feed of a social network. The Alphabet unit is introducing a tailored feed of news, entertainment and myriad web content based on users’ searches, YouTube video views and other personal information. It is an expansion of an older mobile service called Google Now. Yet some new bells and whistles – information from local trends and an ability to “follow” public figures, for instance – give Google’s search feed a similar feel to the algorithmic stream of Facebook’s News Feed. That feature has helped Facebook to capture online attention like few other companies.

Published: 19th July 2017

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/google-back-in-the-news-feed-game-1.610416


A gold and three bronze medals for Indian judokas at Commonwealth Youth Games

Times of India

Indian junior judokas won a gold and three bronze medals in the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games being held in Nassau, Bahamas.

Soni of Haryana won the gold medal in the below 73Kg Weight Category, after beating Nikolic Uros of Australia in the final bout, while Ashish won a bronze in the below 60Kg weight category, defeating Zain Prosser Harry of England in bronze medal bout.Published: 19th July 2017. Antim Yadav of Madhya Pradesh won a bronze in the below 48Kg weight category, surpassing Russell Jasmine of Bahamas in the repechage bout.

Manipur’s Rebina Devi Chanam also won a bronze medal in the below 57Kg Weight category after getting the better of Saskia of Australia.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/a-gold-and-three-bronze-medals-for-indian-judokas-at-commonwealth-youth-games/articleshow/59665118.cms


Road Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility – Time for MP’s to act

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The latest article in the website thelogicalindian.com is of contemporary importance.

This Monsoon Session, MPs Have An Opportunity To Seriously Ensure Road Safety In India

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988’s amendment needs to be passed by the Rajya Sabha immediately.

One of the main reasons for escalating bloodshed on Indian roads is the existing legislation governing road safety in India: the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. This legislation has largely failed to ensure safety in transit for Indians, more specifically for the vulnerable road users. As the current law lacks a comprehensive and administrative framework for road safety, all efforts to contain soaring road crash fatalities have remained unsustainable so far.

On August 9, 2016, the Government of India introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (MVAB) to fill the legislative gaps that keep Indians from being safe on the roads. This Bill was unanimously passed by Lok Sabha on April 10, 2016 and now awaits passage in the Rajya Sabha.

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 can be read here.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (MVAB) can be read here.

Features of MVAB

On 31 March 2017, the Cabinet approved amendments to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The amendments are stringent on several fronts, to ensure further safety for the citizens. Some of the new provisions prescribed in the bill are 100% e-governance, checking for fake driving licenses and vehicle thefts, and heavy fines for traffic violators.

The penalty for drunk driving has been increased five times to Rs 10,000. Further, the driver can be booked for a non-bailable offence with imprisonment of up to 10 years, if such a (drunk) driving leads to the death of another person.

These changes in the Act demonstrate that the Ministry of Road Transport has sought “appropriate action” from the Ministry of Home Affairs to hold such drivers liable for culpable homicide under Section 299 of the Indian Penal Code, which states: “Whoever causes death by doing an act with the intention of causing death, or with the intention of causing such bodily injury as is likely to cause death, or with the knowledge that he is likely by such act to cause death, commits the offence of culpable homicide.”

Moreover, in the case of accidents, drivers will not be booked under the provisions of negligence but their action will be considered as a premeditated commitment of the crime, which will be punishable under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, depending on the consequences of the accident.

As reported by Hindustan Times, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the amendments are an effort to eliminate corruption in the sector. “No bogus driving licenses would be made and there would be no theft of the vehicles once there is e-governance,” the minister said.

Various other highlights in the amended Act include the following:

  1. A fine has been set for driving by a minor. The registration of the vehicle will be canceled for car owners who are found guilty of handing over vehicles to juveniles. Further, in the case of an accident caused by the juvenile, his/her family will be fined up to Rs 25,000, with or without imprisonment of up to three years.
  2. The amendments also include the provision of protective headgear for children above the age of 4 years, while riding a two-wheeler with a check on the quality and standard of the headgear.
  3. A fine of Rs. 1,000 will be imposed on drivers for not wearing a helmet while driving, in addition to the cancellation of licence for three months. The same penalty applies for jumping a red light or not securing the seat belt while driving.
  4. The penalty for talking on the mobile phone while driving has been increased to Rs 5,000, which was previously Rs 1,000.
  5. The compensation to victims of road accidents under No-Fault Liability has been increased to Rs 10 lakh (previously Rs 50,000) in the case of death, and Rs 5 lakh (previously Rs 25,000) in the case of grievous hurt. This removes the authority of the Central Government to determine the compensation.
  6. For hit-and-run accident cases, the compensation to the victims will be Rs 2 lakh in case of death, and Rs 50,000 for injury. Additionally, a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund will be set to provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India for certain types of accidents.
  7. The Ministry has further agreed to remove the cap on third party liability of insurance firms, as per the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee. The initial proposal included a cap on the insurers’ liability to a maximum compensation payment of Rs 10 lakh for death and Rs 5 lakh for injury.
  8. Furthermore, a penalty of ₹10,000 has been introduced for ‘not providing way for emergency vehicles’.
  9. In order to smoothen the process of registration and licensing, the bill proposes to create a National Register for Driving Licence and a National Register for Vehicle registration through “Vahan” and “Sarathi” platforms.
  10. A maximum time limit of six months has been specified for an application of compensation to the Claims Tribunal with regard to road accidents.
  11. The bill provides for a National Road Safety Board to be developed by the Central Government through a notification. The board would offer advice to the Central and State Governments on all aspects of road safety and traffic management.
  12. It grants the State Governments power to specify a multiplier, not less than one and not greater than ten, to be applied to each fine under this Act and such modified fine.
  13. For faulty design, construction or poor maintenance of roads leading to accidents, the contractors, consultants and civic agencies will be held accountable.
  14. Alterations in vehicles have also been provided to enable them more suitable for differently-abled people.

The amended Act has provisioned the facilitation of services for delivery to citizens and transporters. The issue of driving licenses, including learner’s licence and vehicle registration, has been linked to Aadhaar. The vehicle registration has further been linked to authorised automobile dealers.

The Centre will also set up a National Register for vehicles and driving licenses that will issue a unique registration number to prevent duplication with added security measures to avoid malpractices. The Act also empowers the Centre to recall vehicles whose components or engines do not meet required standards, with the manufacturer receiving a penalty of up to Rs. 500-crore.

The Logical Indian take:

The Logical Indian encourages all citizens to abide by the various traffic rules laid down by the government in an effort to improve safety and security in the country.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), comprehensive legislation which incorporates strict, appropriate penalties, backed by consistent, sustained enforcement and public education, has been proven to be a strong catalyst for changing behavior, norms and public perception about road safety.

MVAB does exactly that by providing for stricter rationalized penalties, accountability of road concessionaires and engineers for faulty road design, child safety, safeguards for vulnerable road users, uniform licensing and much more reformative provisions which shall strengthen road safety in India.

Road safety activists representing scores of affected families from across the country have launched the “Road Safety at Risk” campaign. The campaign website, www.roadsafetyatrisk.in, allows citizens to send a letter to the MPs requesting them to ensure smooth passage of the Bill.
Hopefully, the voices of Indian masses will reach the Rajya Sabha MPs and they will act for millions whose lives are imperiled every day on Indian roads.

Click here to join the campaign by SaveLIFE Foundation in association with The Logical Indian and send a letter to our Rajya Sabha MPs for a stronger road safety law.

Thank you to thelogicalindian.com to coming out with this article. It is very important. Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Not only MP’s. But, now is the time for them to act and make a change happen. Road Safety awareness and education is not a small task and cannot be instilled within a day or two or week or month or even a year. It needs constant reminders. 

Always keep in mind #StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely.

Source and inspiration for this blog post: http://www.logicalindian.com