RBI says linking Aadhar number to bank accounts mandatory


MUMBAI The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Saturday dismissed media reports that it was not necessary to link national identity card numbers, known as Aadhar numbers, to bank accounts.

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China says no excuses for foreign officials meeting Dalai Lama 11:45am IST

BEIJING Foreign leaders can't think they can get away with meeting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama just because they are doing it in a personal capacity, as they still represent their government, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday.

Trump expected to pressure China's Xi to rein in North Korea: officials 4:14am IST

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China's president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping's consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so.

Thousands rally for gay marriage before Australian postal vote closes 11:43am IST

SYDNEY - Thousands of people rallied around Australia on Saturday urging the legalization of same-sex marriage, one week before final ballots can be submitted in a contentious postal survey on the issue that has divided the country.

India says ready for stronger U.S. ties after Tillerson endorsement 20 Oct 2017

NEW DELHI India stood ready to further strengthen ties with the United States, the government said on Friday, after U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson vowed to dramatically expand cooperation as a way to counter China's influence in Asia.

Toxic firecracker haze darkens Delhi after festival of lights 20 Oct 2017

NEW DELHI Air pollution in New Delhi hit 18 times the healthy limit on Friday under a thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali - despite a court-ordered ban on their sales.

Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank 6:26am IST

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is considering nominating Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank's top two jobs, in an apparent bid to reassure markets and appease conservatives hungry for change.

India's oil imports hit record high in September - trade 20 Oct 2017

NEW DELHI India imported a record 4.83 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in September as several refiners resumed operations after extensive maintenance to meet rising local fuel demand.

Study links pollution to millions of deaths worldwide 20 Oct 2017

LONDON Pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer, according to a large international study.

Indian Oil defers Paradip refinery shutdown to March-April 20 Oct 2017

NEW DELHI Indian Oil Corp, the country's top refinery, has delayed maintenance shutdown at its 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) Paradip refinery in eastern Odisha state to March-April, a company spokesman said on Friday.