Plastic or PVC Aadhaar Smart Card is not usable: UIDAI
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on February 6, 2018 clarified that the plastic or PVC Aadhaar Smart Cards are not usable as the QR code mentioned on them usually becomes dysfunctional during printing.
UIDAI also made clear that Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded versions of Aadhaar on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are perfectly valid.
Besides this, the authority also warned the unauthorized agencies to discontinue the practice of collecting Aadhaar information from general public for printing of Aadhaar card as collecting such information amounts to a punishable criminal offence under Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Aadhaar Act, 2016.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation observed
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation was observed on February 6, 2018. The day is observed every year to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation. It was first introduced in 2003.
The practice reflects deep-rooted gender inequality and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. It also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.
Violence has taken a devastating toll on children: UNICEF
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), violence has taken a devastating toll on children across the world, as they are either being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks or getting frozen to death while fleeing from active war zones.
Describing January as a dark month in the crisis-torn Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Director for the region said on February 5, 2018 said that it is simply unacceptable that children continue to be killed and injured every single day. He further added saying that children have paid the highest price for wars that they have absolutely no responsibility for.
India successfully test fires nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile
India on February 6, 2018 successfully test-fired nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile as part of a user trial from a test range off the Odisha coast. The missile was launched as part of a regular training exercise by the Indian armed forces.
It was 18th version of Agni-I missile test and the trial reconfirms Indian Army’s readiness to fire it at a short notice. The last trial of Agni-I ballistic missile was successfully conducted on November 22, 2016.
Space Department tasked to deliver 3 earth observation, 2 communication satellites by next fiscal
In the presentation of Budget 2018-19, the Union Government allocated Rs 10,783 crore to the Department of Space for various space-related projects.
The Department has been tasked with achieving high targets including delivering three earth observation satellites and two communication satellites by next fiscal year.
Further, the Union government has allocated a sum of Rs 230.10 crore for undertaking space science missions and interplanetary expeditions, under which the Department of Space has to deliver Indian lunar mission/Chandrayaan-II.
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