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Deadline to re-verify mobile numbers through Aadhaar extended till SC judgement

Deadline to re-verify mobile numbers through Aadhaar extended till SC judgement  The telecom department on Wednesday has extended the time limit for re-verifying mobile numbers through Aadhaar till the time the Supreme Court decides on an ongoing case on the validity of the identification number and its enabling law. “In compliance with the directions of the SC...the last date of reverification of existing mobile subscribers through Aadhaar-based E-KYC process, is further extended till the matter is finally heard and the judgement is pronounced by the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” the telecom department said in a notification dated March 21.  It added that as per the changes, all communications including voice or text messages sent by carriers to their subscribers should not include any last date for re-verification. The directions were issued on the back of SC’s March 13 order, where it extended the March 31 deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail of various services and welfare s…

Environment ministry eases rules for construction companies

Environment ministry eases rules for construction companies The government has eased environmental clearances for buildings and construction sector, with the environment ministry more than doubling the threshold for construction projects requiring environmental clearances from the Centre to 50,000 square metres of built-up area from 20,000 sq metres.  As a result, developers of an average sized mall with three floors or an apartment complex with 300 three-bedroom flats would be able to start construction with online submission of a self-certification that all environmental obligations would be met.  The onus has therefore shifted to urban local bodies in the cities. A developer would fill a form online to the local authority and then a building permit would be issued for construction.  So far, this was followed by all projects with less than 20,000 sq metres of built-up area. Now, the ministry of environment, forests and climate change has issued a draft notification amending its earlier …

Despite Supreme Court order, Aadhaar still mandatory for filing I-T returns

Despite Supreme Court order, Aadhaar still mandatory for filing I-T returns Income tax rules still maintain that income tax returns cannot be e-filed without quoting an Aadhaar number despite the March 13 Supreme Court order directing the government should not make it mandatory to quote the 12-digit number till the final verdict. The income tax website still bars taxpayers from filing returns without an Aadhaar number in spite of a Supreme Court order indefinitely extending the deadline for mandatory linking of the unique identity number. With only 10 days left for filing income tax returns for financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17, individual taxpayers who haven’t filed their returns for the two years and have not enrolled for Aadhaar are unsure if they can file their returns at all. Income tax rules still maintain that returns cannot be e-filed without quoting an Aadhaar number despite the March 13 SC order directing the government should not make it mandatory to quote Aadhaar till the c…

Cabinet approves Modicare with budgetary support of Rs 160 bn for 2 years

Cabinet approves Modicare with budgetary support of Rs 160 bn for 2 years Also gives nod for National Health Mission to complement insurance scheme The Cabinet has approved the Ayushman Bharat or National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS, also referred to as ModiCare), with budgetary support of Rs 160 billion for 2018-19 and 2019-20.Proposed to be portable across India, the scheme is intended to provide health care for at least 40 per cent of the population or 107.4 million households (500 million people). Each family will be entitled to health cover up to Rs 500,000 a year. The Cabinet also gave a nod to continuing the National Health Mission (NHM) till 2019-20, for a cost of Rs 852 billion. NHM provides free services to those below the poverty line and will complement the NHPS, said officials. NHPS will replace the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), where the annual health cover is up to Rs 30,000. To bring down costs, state governments will calculate package rates for treatment under…

Sebi may impose trading curbs on cos undergoing insolvency proceedings

Sebi may impose trading curbs on cos undergoing insolvency proceedings The announcement will likely be made at Sebi's board meeting next week The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) may impose trading restrictions on shares of companies that are undergoing insolvency proceedings. The move, which is also a demand by industry players, is aimed at reducing volatility in stock prices and curbing manipulation or misuse of price-sensitive information. Sources said the market regulator would lay down a compliance framework for listed companies undergoing insolvency resolution. The announcement will likely be made at Sebi’s board meeting next week. The Sebi board may also announce more checks and balances on algorithmic (algo) trading, reduction of mutual fund costs and changes in buyback and takeover regulations. Sebi is likely to propose new rules for fiduciaries, such as lawyers and chartered accountants, dealing in the securities market but who are not registered with the market…