One of the basic objectives for which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was set up was to identify the genuine beneficiaries of government welfare schemes and to ensure delivery of the intended benefits to the right person.

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My grandfather was a lifelong supporter of the Congress (I). This was not a relationship he suffered lightly – he was perennially disappointed by the party. Like a wayward son one must love despite his shenanigans, my grandfather felt for the Congress Party through thick and thin; at least if his vote spoke the truth. He was not an ideologue; even if he were, there was no immutable ideology the Congress party ever offered. I believe his loyalty spoke of the nostalgia of the post-independence optimism and the not so subtle and consistently powerful effect of the Gandhi name.

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Death is always a somber occasion. Civility constrains one in having a completely critical look on someone’s life in the immediacy of his demise. These occasions are generally reserved for a much kinder look and ignoring or underplaying the negative or controversial aspects of departed soul.

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President Barack Obama, who made history four years ago when he was elected as the nation's first African-American president, accomplished a remrakable re-election victory despite stubbornly the highest unemployment rate of any president in the United States. No sitting president since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 has won re-election with a higher unemployment rate.

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After 16 months of corruption movement by Anna team, which was started with a big fanfare, the movement got diluted from purity to politics. Anna team has decided to jump into the politics and form a political party in order to bring a system change in the country.

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Mr. Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar in straight talk for construction of quake resistant houses with officials “Can Patna Survive a Quake” is an eye opener to BSDMA (Bihar State disaster Management Authority) after Japan tragedy.

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There is severe rush in admission in different universities of state. Some university is taking entrance examinations and some are adhering to marks obtained in the last examination.

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There is something refreshing and refreshingly erudite about Aamir Khan. He always struck me as being at least two standard deviations favourably removed from the Bollywood mob evidenced by his economy of films, scarcity of emotions and attention to detail.

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This sudden secular-uwaach of ex-Lalu loyalist Shivanand Tiwari from the dais of Nitish Kumar is very intriguing. To be fair to Tiwariji, he has not changed his secular-music. He had bee using the exact same language while sitting beside Laluji. Difference in those days was that Nitish Kumar used to counter it and rightly so.

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On Monday, May 29, I received news that Hazel Morrison, widow of the late Frank Morrison, former Salt Commissioner Jaipur, died in Patna. She was 94 years old and died peacefully, with her niece by her side. She had lived a full life, fought the good fight and has now gone to her reward.

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It looks kind of fancy to say the state has improved, and locals feel something special when they hear it from all around. News for improved law and order, basic infrastructure development like road, hydro-electric power plant set up, increased educational institutes and pure water project proposal are published in leading newspaper.

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