FASTags compulsory to obtain national permit

Vehicle tracking systems and FASTags for electronic toll collection will be made mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining the national permit. The proposed amendment also provides that driving license and pollution control certificates can be carried in physical or digital form. It also provides that no fitness certification at the time of registration for new transport vehicles.

2021 census data to be stored electronically

The data collected in the 2021 Census will be stored electronically, the first time since the first decennial exercise in 1951 after independence. The schedules and other connected papers shall be disposed of totally or in part by the Director of Census Operations, after creating an electronic record of such documents. The spokesperson said enumerators would start “house listing” in 2020.

Govt to link 22,000 rural markets to e-NAM

Centre has announced that 22,000 rural markets would be linked to Electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) by 2020 as part of its drive to double the income of farmers. These rural markets will be upgraded to Gramin Agricultural Markets & linked with e-NAM to enable farmers to sell directly to potential buyers. e-NAM is an electronic unified national market for agricultural commodities

CSC to reach 2.50 lakh gram panchayats

The network of Common Service Centres (CSCs) are set to be expanded to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by the end of 2018. Common Service Centres (CSCs) provides electronic services in banking, insurance, passport seva, telemedicine and pensions to villages in India. The CSC model has adopted six villages in the country in the pilot phase.

Govt to link 200 more mandis to eNAM

The government will link additional 200 wholesale mandis to the online trading platform eNAM this fiscal and also encourage inter-mandi transactions. Online trading on the eNAM platform can be done through the website, trading platform or the Mobile App. At present, 585 regulated mandis in 14 States are linked with the electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM) launched in April 2016.

Swedish DJ, Musician Avicii Found Dead

Swedish DJ & record producer Avicii, one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music was found dead in Oman.Avicii, known for international hits like Wake Me Up& Hey Brother, announced in 2016 that he was retiring from touring. Avicii won a number of American & Billboard music awards for his EDM work. He was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for best dance recording in 2012 & 2013.

UIDAI puts digitally signed QR code

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has brought in secure digitally-signed QR code on eAadhaar that will contain the photograph of the Aadhaar holder to facilitate better offline verification of an individual.A QR code is a form of a barcode which contains machine-readable information. eAadhaar is the electronic version of Aadhaar that can be downloaded from UIDAI website.

NHAI Receives Best Design Pavilion Award

The NHAI pavilion at 105th =Indian Science Congress- Pride of India Expo‘ held at Imphal from 16-20 March 2018 has been adjudged as BEST DESIGN PAVILION. The NHAI had put up an exhibition stall to showcase its Projects and other initiatives like Electronic Toll Collection, Wayside Amenities, Road Safety etc. The award was conferred by Dr Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur.

GST e-way bill must from April 1

Goods and Services Tax Council has mandated the use of electronic way (e-way) bills from April to track inter-state movement of goods. From April 1, transporters of goods worth over Rs 50,000 will have to generate e-way bills. For intra-State movement, the e-way bill will be rolled out in a phased manner beginning April 15, and will cover all the States by June 1.

New malware threat looms over cyberspace

The cybersecurity agencies have detected a new malware called Saposhi, which is capable of taking over electronic devices and turning them into bots. Bots can be then used for any purpose, including a Distributed Denial Of Service attack which can cripple entire industries. Depending on the size of the botnet, malware can execute multiple DDOS attacks at the same time.