Wednesday Morning News Brief, May 2

Wednesday morning brief May 2 2018
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Aadhaar will not be mandatory to get a mobile phone SIM, the government has said. The Centre issued instructions to operators to accept alternative identification documents such as driving licence, passport and voter ID card. Mobile companies have been asked to follow the instructions &ldquo;immediately&rdquo; so that consumers are not inconvenienced, said telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan. The move came after a TOI report published on April 27, which highlighted instances of people being denied a SIM card if they did not have Aadhaar. <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/aadhaar-not-must-for-mobile-sim-says-govt/articleshow/63992984.cms”>Read</a>
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The government’s approved a proposal to allow internet telephony. This will give allow calls to mobile phones and landlines through broadband. The service will help with calls if one is stuck in a bad signal area or an area with no mobile network. Telecom operators and other companies who obtain a telephony licence will be able to offer you a new mobile number that will not require a SIM but can be activated by downloading an internet telephony app. Read
An assistant town planner in Himachal’s Kasauli was killed for ordering the demolition of illegal constructions. Shail Bala, the assistant town planner, was following a Supreme Court ruling when she ordered the demolition of illegal constructions in the hill town. When the demolition team started pulling down a part of Narayani Guest House, its owner, one Vijay Singh, fired three rounds into Bala killing her. Singh is absconding. The police have announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone giving information leading to his arrest. Read
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India has 14 out of 15 of the world’s most polluted cities, said the WHO. A WHO global air pollution database measured pollution in terms of PM 2.5 concentrations. Kanpur topped the 2016 list with a PM 2.5 concentration of 173 micrograms per cubic metre, followed by Faridabad, Varanasi, and Gaya. The database also showed that Delhi’s pollution levels improved only marginally between 2010 and 2014, and then started deteriorating again in 2015. Read
The National Highways Authority of India will install cameras at major toll plazas to monitor congestion. The video surveillance system will conduct real-time mapping of congestion. Over the next six months, the system will be operational 24-7 at 10 toll plazas and will be extended to another 200 where daily traffic flow is more than 10,000 vehicles. Read
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