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Hema Malini injured in road accident in Rajasthan

Doctors at the Fortis hospital said she suffered injuries on the forehead and a CT scan and other tests were being conducted

 

Veteran film actor and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Hema Malini was injured in a road accident near Dausa, over 50 km from here in Rajasthan, late on Thursday evening.
 
Doctors at the Fortis hospital said she suffered injuries on the forehead and a CT scan and other tests were being conducted. 
 
"The accident occurred on national highway 11 near Dausa Midway at around 9 p.m. when the car in which Hema Malini was travelling collided with another car. One five-year old was killed who was in the other car. Four others who were injured in the accident have been admitted in Dausa hospital," a police official told IANS on phone.
 
The road connects Agra to Jaipur.

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Nifty, Sensex, Bank Nifty headed higher: Thursday Closing Report
Nifty is on course to head towards 8,600 and Bank Nifty towards 18,900
 
We had mentioned in Wednesday’s report that NSE’s CNX Nifty can rise up to 8,600 over the next few days and Bank Nifty to 18,900. Indian benchmark indices moved sideways and closed Thursday marginally in the red waiting for positive cues from domestic and international sources. 
 
 
The wider 50-scrip Nifty ended the day's trade down by 8.15 points or 0.10% at 8,444.90 points. The S&P BSE Sensex closed the day's trade down 75 points or 0.27%.
 
The 30-scrip S&P BSE Sensex, which opened at 28,100.38 points, closed at 27,945.80, down 75.07 points or 0.27% from its previous day's close at 28,020.87 points. The Sensex touched a high of 28,115.96 points and a low of 27,906.35 points during the intra-day trade.
 
Analysts said that while Greece uncertainty continued to brew, buyers in Indian markets were less eager to chase higher prices, after three days of relentless sharp rise. Analysts also pointed out that the crude oil’s sharp fall, following the US data showing higher inventory rise and better-than-expected performance of monsoon added some positive cues.
 
More importantly, the June quarter results, which are expected to soon start rolling, will be the main trigger for the markets.
 
During Thursday's trading, healthy buying took place in oil and gas, automobile and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.
 
The S&P BSE oil and gas index rose by 85.52 points, automobile index rose by 83.97 points, and FMCG index was up by 22.08 points.
 
The S&P BSE healthcare index ended lower by 66.33 points, followed by metal index which decreased by 58.97 points and capital goods index was down 23.15 points.
 
The major Sensex gainers in Thursday's trade were: Bharti Airtel, up 2.13% at Rs433.55; Mahindra and Mahindra, up 2.00 points at Rs1,316; Bajaj Auto, up 1.67% at Rs2,565.80; Axis Bank, up 0.62% at Rs582.35; and Hero MotoCorp, up 0.56% at Rs2,532.85.
 
The major Sensex losers were: Tata Motors, down 1.84% at Rs436.60; Hindalco Inds, down 1.72% at Rs111.15; HDFC Bank, down 1.33% at Rs1,057.45; Vedanta, down 1.08% at Rs174; and ONGC, down 1.07% at Rs310.35.
 
Among the Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei gained by 0.95%, however, China's Shanghai Composite Index dipped lower by 3.49%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng increased by 0.12%.
 
Among European indices, DAX was at 11,149.98, up 1.88% and FTSE 100 was at 6,635.32, up 1.75%. Athex Composite Share Price Index was at 797.52, up 2.03%. 
 
US markets opened sharply higher on better employment data.
 

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Opposition parties must join hands to oppose biometric ID and Aadhaar, says CFCL
According to Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties, Aadhaar has intended consequences impacting monetary and non-monetary aspects of citizens' life and opposition parties should join during the hearing of a PIL in SC later this month
 
The Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL) has asked opposition parties to join hands to oppose biometric ID and Aadhaar during the next hearing on the public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court later this month. 
 
"Opposition parties should note that all this information (about Aadhaar) will be in the hands of a few trustworthy people in the government and few select companies. Such a situation is fraught with both unintended and intended consequences impacting monetary and non-monetary aspects of citizens' life," CFCL said in a release.
 
Meanwhile, following a legal notice sent by the Forum, the Delhi government has instructed all its departments to ensure that Aadhaar is not made mandatory for any work. The order issued by the Delhi government on 24 March 2015, states, "All concerned are requested to ensure strict compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court (on Aadhaar). Any administrative instructions in violation of the order of Supreme Court will have no validity." 
 
CFCL says there is a need for other State Governments to do so as well. 
 
The apex court is likely to hear the matter concerning and illegality of 12-digit biometric Aadhaar number on 21 July 2015. Earlier in March 2015, a bench of Justice J Chelameswar, Justice SA Bobde and Justice C Nagappan reiterated it was incumbent upon the central government to ensure that the states complied with the Supreme Court's order of not making Aadhaar mandatory for availing social benefits under various schemes.
 
The apex court by its 23 September 2013 order, had said "no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar in spite of the fact that some authorities had issued a circular making it mandatory and when any person applies to get the Aadhaar voluntarily, it may be checked whether that person is entitled for it under the law and it should not be given to any illegal immigrant."
 
According to the Forum, biometric identification and related schemes are an attempt to convert Indian residents into a number, Indian population into a market and then citizens in to subjects of transnational biometric technology companies. It says, "This situation creates is a compelling need to initiate a political movement to stop the use of Aadhaar before opposition parties, dissenting voices and democratic rights gets imprisoned in the Database State."
 
Karnataka High Court's former judge K S Puttaswamy had moved the court in 2012 contending that the entire Aadhaar scheme was unconstitutional as the biometric data collected under it was an incursion and transgression of individual privacy.
 

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COMMENTS

Ralph Rau

1 year ago

No country in the world has a such an extensive and intrusive ID program like India's

A program like this must have proper oversight independent of the government of the day by a non-partisan body of highly respected citizens.

saravanan ramamoorthy

1 year ago

This is instigated by a very top congressmen who held portfolios of Home and Finance. He was an insider opposing the Aadhar when they were in power. He may be one of the top source of black money generation. Common citizens should not join this PIL.

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