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How To Get A FASTag For Your Car?

FASTag is a passive device, affixed to a vehicle’s windscreen, which works on the principle of radio frequency identification

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The One Nation, One Tag Scheme, is set to become mandatory on all national highways. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has developed a digital system based on the National Electronic toll collection program. From now onwards, FASTag is mandatory for your car.

This scheme is not only implemented as a measure to boost digital payments throughout the country but also as an effective means to decongest highways.

What is a FASTag and how does it work?

FASTag is a passive device, affixed to a vehicle’s windscreen, which works on the principle of radio frequency identification and enables cashless toll payments without requiring the car to stop and wait. When a vehicle with a FASTag passes through a dedicated-toll plaza lane, a FASTag reader will automatically detect the tagged vehicle and charge the appropriate amount from the linked account. The driver will get intimated about the toll deduction via SMS on his/her registered number.

How can a FASTag be purchased?

New vehicles have inbuilt FASTags, and the existing vehicle owners can purchase the RFID from more than 20 NETC authorized member banks such as Syndicate Bank, Axis Bank, IDFC Bank, HDFC Bank, State Bank of India and ICICI Bank. Additionally, they are also available on the point of sales (POS) locations at selected toll plazas, NPCI website, Amazon, Paytm, and the official MyFASTag app. FASTag has a fixed price of Rs.100, but the balance in the FASTag account will differ as per the transaction rules. This FASTag will be valid for 5years.

Documents required for FASTag

If you are purchasing this FASTag from a POS, you need to provide a copy of the given documents (Keep the original documents with you while purchasing the Fastag for verification)

  1. RC
  2. Passport size photograph of the owner
  3. KYC document (Driving License, PAN card, Passport, Voter ID or Aadhar card)

Benefits of a FASTag

The implementation of FASTag can help alleviate numerous problems. As the whole process is electronic, there will be no need to worry about the cash; the journey will be smooth as there will be no stop and wait. The expeditious passage of vehicles through toll plazas also helps in reducing fuel consumption and ultimately curbing air pollution.

As an added incentive, motorists paying toll through FASTag at any national highway are promised a 2.5 percent cashback till March 31, 2020.


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All You Need To Know About Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

The Citizen Amendment Bill is an amendment bill in Citizenship Act, 1955. CAB seeks to give Indian citizenship to non-muslim migrants from three of India’s neighboring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

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Amid protest rage, Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 by 125-99 votes on Wednesday. The Citizenship Amendment Bill will now go to the President for assent. This bill grants citizenship to the non-Muslims Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh who arrived in India before December 31, 2014.

What is Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB)?

The Citizen Amendment Bill is an amendment bill in Citizenship Act, 1955. CAB seeks to give Indian citizenship to non-muslim migrants from three of India’s neighboring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

History of Citizenship Amendment Bill

This is not the first time when an amendment in the 1955 Citizenship Act is introduced. In 2016, the government introduced the bill but it lapsed as the parliament dissolved. In fact, Citizenship Amendment Bill is also duly mentioned in the BJP’s manifesto for General Elections 2019.

Citizenship Act, 1955 & Amendments

  • Citizenship Act, 1955

The Citizenship Act, 1955 regulates the eligibility criteria for acquiring Indian Citizenship. It describes 5 key conditions for acquiring Indian Citizenship:

  1. Citizenship by Birth
  2. Citizenship by Descent
  3. Citizenship by Registration
  4. Citizenship by Naturalization
  5. Citizenship by incorporation of territory

Extracts from the Citizenship Act, 1955 can be seen below.

https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/citizenshipact1.htm

  • Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced to provide citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants who had been forced to seek shelter in India because of religious persecution or fear of persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The citizenship (Amendment) Bill was tabled in Lok Sabha on 19 July 2016 and was sent to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 12 August 2016. The JPC submitted its report on 7 January 2019. The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 couldn’t become law as Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die on 13 February 2019. As per parliamentary rules, if a bill isn’t passed from the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is dissolved, the bill lapses.

Difference Between 1955 Citizenship Act, Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

S.No. Citizenship Act, 1995CAB 2016CAB 2019
1Illegal Migrant can not get citizenship in IndiaNon-Muslim migrants can take citizenship in IndiaSame as CAB 2016
2Illegal Migrants must stay at least 11 years to get Indian citizenship through registrationIllegal Migrants must stay at least 6 in India before applying for citizenship through naturalizationIllegal Migrants must stay at least 5 in India before applying for citizenship through naturalization
3Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) can only be canceled under limited circumstancesOCI cancellation if the cardholder violates local laws for major and minor offenses and violations.OCI cancellation if the cardholder violates local laws for major and minor offenses and violations.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill entitles the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders to benefits such as the right to travel to India, and to work and study in the country.

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Dear Prime Minister, Here Is When Your Government Spoke About NRC

Home Minister Amit Shah on many occasions had spoken about NRC and its introduction across the country. Even during the winter session Home Minister Amit Shah, himself declared that NRC will be introduced not just in West Bengal but across the nation.

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On the chilly Sunday in Delhi, our Prime Minister expressed his (Aabhar) gratitude to Delhiites. During his rally, PM Modi spoke not just about the achievements of his government but also criticized the opposition for the recent violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act. Everything was going really well and people were applauding the Prime Minister for his diligence. But then our Prime Minister said something which is not gullible. He said, “मेरी सरकार आने बाद, 2014 से अब तक, मैं 130 करोड़ देशवासियों को कहना चाहता हूं, कहीं पर भी NRC शब्द पर चर्चा नहीं हुई है” (Since my government came into existence, there is no discussion on NRC). But is that so?

When Home Minister Spoke About NRC

Home Minister Amit Shah on many occasions had spoken about NRC and its introduction across the country. Even during the winter session Home Minister Amit Shah, himself declared that NRC will be introduced not just in West Bengal but across the nation.

Even during rallies Amit Shah confidently spoke about NRC and its implementation

In Jharkhand, Shah announced that his government will not just make sure the implementation of NRC but also throw out infiltrators by 2024. This wasn’t the first time when Amit Shah spoke about NRC in a public rally. On 11 April 2019 in Darjeeling, he declared that his government will take NRC to the entire country. Not just Amit Shah, Defence Minister of the country Rajnath Singh too spoke about NRC during his election campaigns.

Reality Of The Detention Camps

When the ministers of his cabinet are openly talking about NRC then the statement by PM Modi seems a stretch. PM Modi did not stop here, further in his speech he said, “Opposition is spreading fear by saying people will be sent to detention camps whereas, there are no detention camps in India”. However, media reports and his MPs may have to disagree with him.

On 27 November in Rajysabha MoS Nityananda Rai informed the parliament that 28 people have died in the detention center.

One year ago BBC reported on how people are living in a hell-like situation in Assam’s detention center

Here, NDTV talks about the new detention center for foreign nationals in Karnataka

In fact, international media also covered a story on India’s first mass detention center for illegal immigrants in Assam.

Now the dilemma in front of us is whom to believe as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers have different narratives to tell. When the whole nation is already on roads against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NRC (National Register of Citizen), when misinformation making things even worse, the statement by PM Modi is only adding fuel to the fire.


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Coronavirus: Here’s All You Need To Know About COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has now become a global pandemic. The deadly virus, after setting its roots in China’s Wuhan and other parts, has now reached more than 70 countries. India is no exception as 29 positive cases have been reported in the country so far. The World Health Organization and other health organizations are working closely with the Health Ministries of the affected countries to curb the outbreak; unaffected countries are also in contact with global agencies as efforts are being made to prevent the outbreak in these countries.

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The novel coronavirus has now become a global pandemic. The deadly virus, after setting its roots in China’s Wuhan and other parts, has now reached more than 70 countries. India is no exception as 29 positive cases have been reported in the country as the report is being written. The World Health Organization and other health organizations are working closely with the Health Ministries of the affected countries to curb the outbreak; unaffected countries are also in contact with global agencies as efforts are being made to prevent the outbreak in these countries. Multiple organizations and research firms are currently performing multiple tests on the cause, effect, symptoms, preventive measures and vaccines of coronavirus. Here’s what we know so far about how it spreads, what are its effects, whether or not the Indian climate is conducive for this virus and factors that may work as a catalyst in fueling the effects of this deadly and dangerous virus.

What is CoronaVirus?

Coronavirus(CoV) is a respiratory virus that is associated with the family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). The new virus which was first reported in China’s Wuhan city is temporarily named ‘2019-nCoV’. As per the latest study by WHO (World Health Organization), the virus is zoonotic so the transmission media here is largely animals and human-beings. SARS-CoV was first transmitted from Civet Cats to Humans and MERS-CoV was first transmitted from Camels to Humans. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

Symptom of Coronavirus

While the cause and effect of the coronavirus is still a subject to broader research, the symptoms of this virus (known so far) are easy to detect.

  1. Fever
  2. Cough and Sneeze
  3. Shortness of Breath
  4. Difficulty in breathing
  5. Respiratory Infections
  6. Pneumonia
  7. Severe acute respiratory syndrome
  8. Kidney problems
  9. Headache

Possible Preventive Measures

Keeping Indian conditions in mind, the phrase ‘Prevention is better than cure” not just summarises the need for awareness towards coronavirus in public but also raises the demand for an institution that regulates and addresses the possible threat because of viruses that are not very well known here. Let’s take a look at the preventive measures that can help us fight coronavirus in India and globally.

  1. Wash your hands properly.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.
  3. Since the virus is zoonotic, avoid contact with wild animals.
  4. Thoroughly clean and cook meat and eggs.
  5. Do not shake hands or make close contacts with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Affected Countries

The virus has mapped its own path in several countries. Journalists across the globe are trying to report as many possible cases as they can. The most affected country so far is China, where the virus incepted resulting in 80,409 cases and over 3,000 deaths. Notably, Hong Kong has declared the Wuhan virus outbreak as an ‘emergency’. The other affected countries are Italy, South Korea, Iran, the US, India, Bahrain, North Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Nepal, Japan, France and many more.

FAQs on Coronavirus

A detailed Q&A has been released by the World Health Organization which answers the questions related to coronavirus in detail.

Q&A on coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans in China in 2002 and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Misinformation/Disinformation/Fake News about Coronavirus

Ever since the epidemic emerged, many social media users took to social networking sites and messaging apps to share their thoughts on the epidemic. Fact-checkers across the globe are fighting the misinformation/disinformation/fake news as part of an alliance led by the IFCN. Here are some claims going viral which aren’t true at all. 

This Parasite Removal Video Has No Connection With Coronavirus

A video went viral on social media in which claimed that a monstrous parasite was found in a coronavirus patient. The viral post also appeals to avoid any form of cold drinks, ice creams, cold coffees and any type of preserved foods and also milkshakes, rough ice, ice colas, and milk sweets older than 48 hours for at least 90 days from the date when the post was shared. We fact-checked this claim and after checking multiple sources, we found that the video is old and it has nothing to do with the coronavirus outbreak.

This Parasite Removal Video Has No Connection With Coronavirus

A deadly virus – the Coronavirus – is making China suffer. It may come to India immediately. Avoid any form of cold drinks, ice creams, cold coffees and any type of preserved foods and also milkshakes, rough ice, ice colas, and milk sweets older than 48 hours for at least 90 days from today.

First Building of Huoshenshan Hospital In Wuhan Completed In Just 16 Hours? Here’s A Fact Check

People’s Daily, China’s state-controlled news outlet, shared an image of a hospital building to claim that a new hospital to cure coronavirus patients had been built in China’s Wuhan within just 16 hours. However, when we fact-checked this viral claim, we found that the image is old and hence the claim is ‘Misleading’.

First Building of Huoshenshan Hospital In Wuhan Completed In Just 16 Hours? Here’s A Fact Check

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, panic has been triggered across the world. Thousands of people have been affected and 259 have been killed in China so far. In India, one confirmed case of Coronavirus has been reported.

No, The Chinese President Did Not Pay A Visit To A Mosque To Seek Protection From Coronavirus

A video went viral along with a text copy that states, “Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a mosque and requested Muslims to pray for the current coronavirus outbreak and its containment.”

When we fact-checked the viral video, we found that the video is 4 years old and the context is entirely different in both the claims. We found that the video is old and it was shot when Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to the Xincheng Mosque in Yinchuan city, capital of NW China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Hence it was proved in our fact-check that the viral claim is ‘Misleading’ as the video is different and the context is entirely different.

No, The Chinese President Did Not Pay A Visit To A Mosque To Seek Protection From Coronavirus

A video has gone viral in many WhatsApp groups and social media which claimed that the Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a mosque in China after apparently realizing that only Allah can save China from this epidemic. The viral message also claims that the Chinese President has decided to translate the Islamic Holy book Quran.

Can Cow Urine and Dung Cure Coronavirus?

Hindu Mahasabha leader Swami Chakrapani Maharaj made a claim that cow urine and dung can cure coronavirus. However, when we checked this claim with the preventive measures and possible treatment guidelines issued by multiple global health organizations, we found that his claim is ‘False’ as there is no study to back his claim and multiple health specialists and media outlets have rubbished his claim.

Can Cow Urine and Dung Cure Coronavirus? Read To Know

Cow urine, one of the most debated topics in India, is again making the headlines as Hindu Mahasabha president Swami Chakrapani Maharaj has claimed that Cow urine and dung can cure coronavirus. – Can Cow Urine and Dung Cure Coronavirus? Read To Know

Is China Sending Human Corpses As Corned Beef To South Africa? Old Video Viral With Misleading Claim

We were flagged to fact-check a video in which one can see many dead bodies and a person(Gender not known yet) skinning one of the dead bodies with a cleaver. There is a text message with the video that reads, “THE CHINESE HAVE BEGUN TO USE THEIR HUMAN CORPSE TO PROCESS INTO PRODUCTS SUCH AS CORNED BEEF TO SHIP TO AFRICA. Please share it with your contacts. Very important”.

When we searched for more information on the viral video, we found that the video is old and it is present on the internet from 2016. Also, the video doesn’t belong to China and was shot to showcase a Tibetan ritual namely ‘Sky Burial’ in which dead bodies are skinned and left in open to be eaten by scavenging animals or carrion birds. After watching multiple videos in lieu of the viral video, we reached the conclusion that the video might be of Tibet or China’s Sichuan as residents of both these territories perform such rituals.

Is China Sending Human Corpses As Corned Beef To South Africa? Old Video Viral With Misleading Claim

Coronavirus, an epidemic that has caused several casualties across the globe, has fallen prey to misinformation as several false or misleading claims are viral in its name. We have previously debunked several viral claims in the past that were shared in the name of coronavirus and were proved to have no relation with coronavirus or turned out to be false.

Coronavirus: Did Russia Announce Closure of Its Airspace For China?

We were tagged to fact check a claim that states, “Russia announces the closure of airspace and suspension of all its incoming and outgoing flights to China.” Along with the claim, preventive measures from the coronavirus were also mentioned in the viral WhatsApp forward.

As we began fact-checking the viral claim, we first checked media reports to know if Russia has indeed suspended all its incoming and outgoing flights to China. Media reports suggested that the viral claim is partially true as Airservices is not entirely suspended. We also proceeded to book a ticket from Russia’s Moscow to China’s Beijing and it gave us more information about the availability of tickets and pricing. After reading the media reports and being able to book the tickets, we reached the conclusion that Russia has not announced the closure of airspace and suspension of all its incoming and outgoing flights to China.

Coronavirus: Did Russia Announce Closure of Its Airspace For China?

Russia announces the closure of airspace and suspension of all its incoming and outgoing flights to China. Verification Coronavirus, an epidemic that started late December last year, has fallen prey to misinformation. Personal interest, political motivation, ideological or religious beliefs, there could be several possibilities that can be blamed for the effective spread of misinformation regarding coronavirus.

Fake News Alert! 28,000 Coronavirus Patients Have Been Cured By US Vaccine

One of our readers sent us a claim to fact-check. The claim alluded, “as per a report published by CNN, “The US has got the vaccine for Novel Coronavirus…They are in testing mode on humans and in the next 3 weeks, everything will be fine…28,000 patients got cured of coronavirus…”.

As we began to fact-check this claim, we found that the US is indeed testing a vaccine on humans that can possibly cure coronavirus. However, the testing is currently going on and hence any possibility of the effectiveness/ineffectiveness of the vaccine can not be confirmed. The claim also suggests that 28,000 coronavirus patients have been cured in the US of this vaccine. However, when we checked media reports on the number of coronavirus patients in the US, we found that the number is roughly within 100 hence the second part of the claim is ‘False’. After finding multiple evidence on the viral claim, we reached the conclusion that the viral post is ‘Misleading’.

Fake News Alert! 28,000 Coronavirus Patients Have Been Cured By US Vaccine

We were tagged to fact check a viral message which attributes to CNN and claims that the vaccine for Novel coronavirus has been invented in the US and it is currently being tested on humans. The message also claims that within 3 weeks, the vaccine will bring normalcy from the epidemic.

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