ssGroup A

Match         Date -    Time        Venue                                                       Results

1                11/06     16:00         Johannesburg         JSC South Africa     Background      Mexico

2                11/06      20:30        Cape Town           Uruguay                   Background      France

17              16/06      20:30        Tshwane/Pretoria   South Africa            Background      Uruguay

18              17/06      20:30         Polokwane            France                    Background       Mexico

33              22/06      16:00         Rustenburg            Mexico                   Background       Uruguay

34              22/06      16:00         Mangaung             France                    Background       South Africa
                                                  / Bloemfontein
Group B

3               12/06        16:00        Johannesburg -      JEP Argentina         Background       Nigeria

4               12/06        13:30        Nelson Mandela     Korea Republic      Background      Greece

                                                 Bay/Port Elizabeth
19             17/06        16:00        Mangaung              Greece                   Background       Nigeria
                                                / Bloemfontein
20             17/06        13:30     Johannesburg -         JSC Argentina        Background       Korea Republic

35             22/06         20:30     Durban                    Nigeria                   Background       Korea Republic

36             22/06         20:30     Polokwane              Greece                    Background      Argentina

Group C

5               12/06         20:30     Rustenburg              England                  Background       USA

6               13/06         13:30     Polokwane              Algeria                    Background       Slovenia

22             18/06          16:00    Johannesburg -        JEP Slovenia           Background       USA

23             18/06          20:30   Cape Town             England                   Background       Algeria

37              23/06         16:00   Nelson Mandela      Slovenia                  Background       England
                                               Bay/Port Elizabeth
38              23/06         16:00   Tshwane/Pretoria     USA                       Background      Algeria

Group D

7                13/06          20:30   Durban                  Germany                  Background       Australia

8                13/06           16:00   Tshwane/Pretoria  Serbia                      Background      Ghana

21              18/06            13:30   Nelson Mandela   Germany                  Background     Serbia
                                                 Bay/Port Elizabeth
24              19/06            16:00   Rustenburg           Ghana                      Background     Australia

39               23/06            20:30  Johannesburg - JSC Ghana                  Background      Germany

40              23/06             20:30   Nelspruit               Australia                 Background      Serbia

Group E

9               14/06               13:30   Johannesburg     Netherlands             Background     Denmark
                                                     - JSC
10              14/06              16:00   Mangaung         Japan                        Background    Cameroon
                                                  / Bloemfontein
25              19/06              13:30  Durban              Netherlands              Background     Japan

26              19/06            20:30 Tshwane/Pretoria Cameroon                Background      Denmark

43              24/06            20:30    Rustenburg        Denmark                  Background      Japan

44              24/06            20:30   Cape Town        Cameroon                Background      Netherlands

Group F

11             14/06             20:30   Cape Town        Italy                        Background       Paraguay

12             15/06             13:30   Rustenburg         New Zealand          Background       Slovakia

27              20/06            13:30  Mangaung          Slovakia                  Background       Paraguay
                                               / Bloemfontein
28              20/06            16:00  Nelspruit             Italy                       Background         New Zealand

41             24/06             16:00   Johannesburg    Slovakia                 Background         Italy
                                                   - JEP
42             24/06             16:00   Polokwane        Paraguay                Background         New Zealand

Group G
13             15/06             16:00    Nelson Mandela  Côte d'Ivoire        Background        Portugal
                                                  Bay/Port Elizabeth
14             15/06              20:30   Johannesburg Brazil Background Korea DPR
                                                - JEP
29 20/06 20:30 Johannesburg - JSC Brazil Background Côte d'Ivoire

30 21/06 13:30 Cape Town Portugal Background Korea DPR

45 25/06 16:00 Durban Portugal Background Brazil

46 25/06 16:00 Nelspruit Korea DPR Background Côte d'Ivoire

Group HMatch Date - Time Venue Results

15 16/06 13:30 Nelspruit Honduras Background Chile

16 16/06 16:00 Durban Spain Background Switzerland

31 21/06 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Chile Background Switzerland

32 21/06 20:30 Johannesburg - JEP Spain Background Honduras

47 25/06 20:30 Tshwane/Pretoria Chile Background Spain

48 25/06 20:30 Mangaung / Bloemfontein Switzerland Background Honduras

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Remedies for Gastric Problems

Indigestion is the most often pronounced ailment of modern times branching out into varied abdominal diseases. The most common one would be Gastritis. To research into the symptoms of this ailment would be acid reflux or heartburn, pain in the abdomen, excessive burping, puking or vomiting, nausea and difficulty in releasing gas.

Buzz up!The causes that underlie this ailment could be fast eating without good chewing, heavy meals, and excessive intake of alcohol, stress, anxiety and intake of strong drugs. Is there no definite cure to curb this problematic aliment that ties your tongue into not venturing into the dishes that it would like to savor?. No other way out other than scurrying to your physician?. Here are some useful tips that help you encounter your problem better.

Soups as an aperitif at least 20 minutes before meals helps in digestion, as they are ideal for replacing liquids and salts as well as stimulating the production of gastric acid.

Drinking water with two three drops of mint essence

To prevent acid in digestion, lime juice with cider vinegar in a glass of water before meals

Ginger tea after meals aids in promoting digestion

Herbal tea prepared using blackberry, raspberry, mint and chamomile helps effective digestion

Baking soda in a glass of water produces instant relief

A pinch of asafetida in buttermilk helps in releasing gas

Sucking cloves after meals aids in reducing gas problems

A flake of garlic swallowed with water in empty stomach solves gas problems

Soaking little methi in water in the night and drinking it empty stomach in the morning is also an effective remedy for indigestion.

Avoidance of wearing tight clothes, a daily walk of about a half an hour, non engagement in active sports immediately after meals regular exercise and most importantly timely meals and good chewing are a few suggestions for keeping indigestion at par.

Adherence to at least a few of these tips would keep indigestion at bay. If the problem is acute it is advisable to consult a physician.

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Viswanathan Anand - Indian chess Grandmaster

Viswanathan Anand, born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion.

Anand held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, at a time when the world title was split. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. With this win, he became the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament, and Match. He then successfully defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov, the winner of a challenger match against Gata Kamsky in February 2009.[1] As the reigning champion, he will face the winner of the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2012.

In 2008, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honor.

Anand is one of five players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list, and in April 2007 at the age of 37, he became the oldest person to become world number-one for the first time. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008, holding the number-one ranking for a total of 15 months. In October 2008, he dropped out of the world top three ranking for the first time since July 1996.

Personal life

Anand was born on 11 December 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in Tamil Nadu, India. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Madras, now called Chennai, where he grew up.[2] His parents are Vishwanathan Iyer, who retired as General Manager, Southern Railways, and Susheela, housewife and chess/film/club aficionado and an influential socialite. He has an elder brother, Shivakumar who is a manager at Crompton Greaves in India and an elder sister Anuradha who is a teacher at Michigan University.[3][4] Anand is 11 years younger than his sister and 13 years younger than his brother.

He was taught to play by his mother. He described his start in chess in a conversation with Susan Polgar:

I started when I was six. My mother taught me how to play. In fact, my mother used to do a lot for my chess. We moved to the Philippines shortly afterward. I joined the club in India and we moved to the Philippines for a year. And there they had a TV program that was on in the afternoon, one to two or something like that, when I was in school. So she would write down all the games that they showed and the puzzles, and in the evening we solved them together.

Of course my mother and her family used to play some chess, and she used to play with her younger brother, so she had some background in chess, but she never went to a club or anything like that.

So we solved all these puzzles and sent in our answers together. And they gave the prize of a book to the winner. And over the course of many months, I won so many prizes. At one point they just said take all the books you want, but don't send in any more entries.[5]

Anand did his schooling in Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai and holds a degree in commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. His hobbies are reading, swimming, and listening to music. He is married to Aruna Anand and lives in Collado Mediano in Spain

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David Cameron is UK's new prime minister

Conservative leader David Cameron has become the UK's new prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be his deputy after they agreed to the UK's first coalition government in 70 years.

Mr Cameron, who at 43 is the youngest PM in nearly 200 years, vowed to set aside party differences and govern "in the national interest".

Mr Cameron's party won the most seats in the general election last week, but not enough to secure an overall Commons majority, resulting in a hung Parliament.

'Unique opportunity'

Following hours of talks with the Conservatives on Tuesday, the Lib Dem parliamentary party and its federal executive endorsed the coalition agreement by the required three-quarters majority at a meeting that broke up just after midnight.

Mr Cameron has begun the work of appointing his first cabinet, with the Tories' George Osborne as chancellor, William Hague as foreign secretary and Liam Fox as defence secretary.

Mr Clegg's chief of staff, Danny Alexander, who was part of the party's negotiating team, is to be Scottish Secretary,

Mr Cameron has begun the work of appointing his first cabinet, with the Tories' George Osborne as chancellor, William Hague as foreign secretary and Liam Fox as defence secretary.

Mr Clegg's chief of staff, Danny Alexander, who was part of the party's negotiating team, is to be Scottish Secretary,

Mr Cameron, who is six months younger than Tony Blair was when he entered Downing Street in 1997, is the youngest prime minister since 1812 and the first Old Etonian to hold the office since the early 1960s.

Barack Obama was the first foreign leader to congratulate Mr Cameron in a brief telephone call during which the US president invited the new prime minister to visit Washington in the summer, Downing Street said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also offered her congratulations and invited Mr Cameron to visit Berlin.

In a speech outside his new Downing Street home, after travelling to Buckingham Palace to formally accept the Queen's request to form the next government, Mr Cameron paid tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Gordon Brown for his long years of public service.


Make happiness a habit

Make happiness a habit

For your heart’s sake, make happiness a habit.

They don’t call it a hearty laugh without reason. Substituting a fang-baring, expletive-spewing expression with a pleasant smile does a lot of good to your heart, says a recent research.

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston reported that positive moods and attitudes protected people, especially the elderly, against heart disease. Even incremental increases in happiness helped: For every step up on the researchers’ happiness scale, male participants’ stroke risk dropped 41 per cent and women’s risk dropped 18 per cent.

“It’s old hat that emotions do affect the heart,” says cardiologist Manoj Agarwal and adds that heart-related problems are “common in people who are prone to depression and are impatient, get angry easily, have difficulty expressing emotions, are too competitive, perfectionists and those who place an unhealthy dependence on external rewards such as wealth, status, or power.”

Also rage seems to be the new age disease — attitude sporting, multi-tasking Gen Y is clearly flirting with heart disease as psychologist Sujatha Raman points out that “with the emergence of MNCs there’s been a rise in referrals from cardiologists for anger management for the city’s young work force.”

All of us are familiar with the pounding of the heart, when one’s angry. Rage results in hormonal secretions that cause a rise in the heart rate and can cause “a spasm in the arteries in normal people. Imagine the effect that it has on people already with a block in their arteries,” says Agarwal. Anger is an impulsive reaction over which the perpetuator has little control, but today there are techniques that help people deal with their outbursts.

Raman talks of a fun game where the patient is provoked to elicit an angry response and he wins points at every instance he does not succumb to the provocation. “We also ask patients to list anger-provoking incidents in the month, ask them to identify the trigger factor and give them a back-up plan on how to deal with a similar situation when it arises,” she explains.

Psychiatrist Dr Prabhakar Korada suggests deep-breathing techniques to avert a rage attack — “When we get angry our heart rate increases and a patient is taught to divert attention to the heartbeat and reduce it consciously with the help of breathing techniques.”

Even faking helps
Getting out of the vice-hold of anger and irritability is of course the first step and the second step is to “make happiness a habit,” says Korada, adding that “even faking it has its benefits as the prolonged practice is habit forming and you start eliciting positive vibes from people”. Though not many take kindly to the benefit of laughter groups, terming it as forced laughter, Korada says that “social grouping and sharing at these clubs reduces stress and laughter has its benefits — it’s infectious, has all the benefits of pranayama, is a good workout for the chest muscles and increases the venous and lymphatic circulation in the body.” Yoga therapist Rita Khanna reveals that laughter yoga is about “self-triggered laughter and is a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict”.

Get hitched
A Tel Aviv University study done on more than 10,000 Israeli men found that those who were married at midlife were 64 per cent less likely to die of a stroke during the next 34 years than single men. Agarwal agrees that “happy family relations with spouse and kids go a long way in de-stressing a person and shielding them from stress-related heart diseases.” Raman points out that “partners who have occasional squabbles are better off heart-wise that a single person.”

Don’t worry, be happy
The ‘no worries’ motto of Timon and Pumba in The Lion King is something Korada advises. “Learn to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake instead of whipping yourself emotionally. Humour is good for you, it reduces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline like-substances and increases endorphins in the bloodstream which are responsible for the feel-good experience.” So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to laugh your heart out.

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A biodegradable wedding dress, anyone?

A biodegradable wedding dress, anyone?

British scientists have found a novel way to put an end to the age old dilemma of what brides should do with their wedding dress once their honeymoon is over.

Fashion and engineering students at Sheffield Hallam University have developed a wedding dress that can be recycled into five new fashion pieces.

The dress is made of polyvinyl alcohol, a biodegradable substance that is used in laundry bags and washing detergents, which is knitted into the fabric. This enables it to be dissolved into water without harming the environment.

"The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society's attitudes towards throwaway fashion," quoted Jane Blohm, a fashion lecturer, as saying.

"The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing.

"The wedding gown is perhaps one of the most symbolic garments in (a woman's) wardrobe and represents the challenges of 'throwaway fashion’.

"In order to reduce fashion's impact on the environment, the fashion industry must begin to challenge conventional attitudes and practices," she added.

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Henna could cause leukaemia in women

Henna could cause leukaemia in women

Synthetic forms of henna dye may be linked to high rates of acute myeloid leukaemia in women, according to a new research.

The new research says women in the UAE are almost twice as likely as men to develop leukaemia, and synthetic forms of henna dye could be the cause, a news report quoting scientists here has said.

A study conducted by UAE University published in the journal Leukaemia and Lymphoma found that the rate of acute myeloid leukaemia - an often-fatal cancer of the blood and bone marrow - was 93 per cent higher among Emirati women than men, The National report said.

The study looked at 263 cases of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) over a seven-year period from January 2000 to December 2006.

According to the report, the risk factors linked to leukaemia include age, exposure to radiation, smoking and genetic disorders. However, it remains very rare.

"Chemicals in henna dye, which is used to decorate the body, as well as a lack of sunlight could be behind the increased incidence," Dr Inaam Hassan, an associate professor at the UAE University in Al Ain, said.

"I could not understand the results because men and women live in the same environment; they eat the same foods and breathe the same air," she said.

"The only difference was the use of henna," she added. Emirati women were also 63 per cent more likely to be affected than expatriate women.

The study also found that the rate of AML among UAE nationals was 78 per cent higher than in expatriates. The rate of ALL was 25 per cent higher in Emiratis. Emirati women were also almost twice as likely as Emirati men to develop acute myeloid leukaemia.

Decorative henna is used on many occasions, including a child's first day at school, weddings or Eid celebrations, she said.

The US Food and Drug Administration does not allow henna plant dye to be used on the skin.

"The henna used here is often made with benzene, [which] is a well documented factor causing this specific type of leukaemia," Hassan said.

"Women here use henna on all occasions, and children also use it. They don't only put it on their hands, they put it on their whole arms," she said.

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India not a happy place for mothers: Report

At a time when the world celebrates Mother's Day, it turns out that India scores poorly among the middle-income countries when it comes to health care and well-being of mothers.

The country is ranked 73 in the list of 77 nations rated for the "best place to be a mother", according to a report by child rights organisation 'Save the Children'.

What is more shocking in the 'State of the World's Mothers 2010' report is that India is rated much lower than a host of conflict-ridden African countries like Kenya and Congo.

Cuba tops the Mother's Index ranking followed by Israel, Argentina, Barbados, South Korea, Cyprus, Uruguay, Kazakhstan, Bahamas and Mongolia.

Among the neighbours, China is at 18th place, Sri Lanka at 40, while Pakistan lags behind India at 75th place.

Bangladesh, featured in the list of 40 least developed countries, is ranked 14.

The report analysed a total of 166 countries, among which Sweden is placed at the top while Afghanistan is at the bottom.

The report has highlighted the shortage of trained health workers, mostly in the semi-urban and rural villages that house majority of Indian population, as the main reason behind the country's sorry state of health care system.

It says that there is an estimated shortage of 74,000 Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers in India, while the figure is pegged at 21,066 in the case of Auxiliary Nurse Midwifes. As per government norms, there should be one Asha worker for 1,000 population and one ANM for 5,000 people in plain areas and 3,000 in rural areas.

Shireen Vakil Miller, Director of Advocacy, Save the Children, pointed out that though India's flagship National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) has prioritised female health workers from the communities, there still remains an acute shortage and training requirement.

"We have to close the health worker gap and women have to be part of the equation to save the lives of other women and their children," she said.

"The health of a woman is closely linked to her educational status and socio-economic status. Despite maternal mortality rates showing a decline in India, thousands of women are still dying every year because they cannot access the most basic health care facilities or if these are available, are of poor quality."

India's child mortality rate, the number of deaths in every 1,000 children below five years of age, was 68 in 2008, while the current maternal mortality rate (MMR) is 254 deaths per one lakh live births.



Generally, normal blood pressure of a person falls in the range of 90/60 mmHg to 120/80 mmHg. Low blood pressure is a condition in which the blood pressure of a person is lower than the normal BP levels. When the blood pressure is low, there is insufficient flow of blood in the body.
Low blood flow means low deliverance of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidney. In such a case, the first organ to malfunction is the brain. And when the blood pressure falls too low, all the organs of the body start malfunctioning and may get damaged permanently.

It is possible that some individuals may have a blood pressure of 90/50 mmHg and still not show any symptoms of low blood pressure. On the other hand, it is also possible that a person, who has a normal blood pressure of 130/80 mmHg will show symptoms of low blood pressure if his blood pressure falls down to 100/60 mmHg, which in itself is not exactly low blood pressure problem.
In the first case, the person did not show any symptoms of low blood pressure as the blood pressure recorded was his normal and constant blood pressure level. But in the second case, the person showed symptoms of low blood pressure because his body was used to a blood pressure level of 130/80 mmHg. And when his blood pressure fell down to 100/60 mmHg, it was considered as low blood pressure by his body.

Symptoms of low blood pressure:

Some general sign and symptoms of the low blood pressure can be listed as follows:

a) Dizziness
b) Palpitations
c) Confusion
d) Nausea
e) Tiredness
f) General weakness
g) Light-headedness and fainting
h) Blurred vision
i) Temporary loss of consciousness

Causes of low blood pressure:

Low blood pressure is the result of malfunctioning of the compensatory mechanism. There are several disorders and drugs that can throw the compensatory mechanism out of order. Some of the disorders include heart disease, a heart-valve disorder, tachycardia, bradycardia, kidney disorders and neurological disorders.

Some other causes of low blood pressure include:
1) Advanced diabetes
2) Alcohol
3) Medication used for surgery
4) Anti-anxiety agents
5) Dehydration
6) Changes in heart rhythm
7) Treatment for high blood pressure
8) Diuretics
9) Medication used for heart disorders
10) Anaphylaxis
11) Some antidepressants

Diagnosis of low blood pressure:

Blood pressure is measured by measuring both the systolic and the diastolic blood pressure levels. This can be measured manually with the help of an inflatable cuff or digitally with the automatic blood pressure recording machine. If the recorded blood pressure is lower than the normal range of blood pressure, then it is termed as low blood pressure.

Treatment for low blood pressure: Low blood pressure in itself is not treated. What is treated is the underlying reason that causes low blood pressure.

Home Remedy For Low Blood Pressure

• The best and the most effective home remedy for treating low blood pressure would be to consume lots of water. This is because dehydration reduces blood volume and leads to a drop in the blood pressure.
• Beetroot juice is beneficial for those suffering from low blood pressure. So, have a cup of raw beetroot juice two times a day.
• Prepare a cup of strong black coffee and consume this whenever you feel that your blood pressure is dipping.
• Put 15-20 gm of Indian Spikenard in 250 ml water and boil it. Now, remove from heat and let it cool down. Have this infusion thrice a day. You can also have 30-40 grains of Indian Spikenard, along with some camphor and cinnamon.
• Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and add one kg of Epsom salt to it. Immerse yourself in the bath for 20 minutes, before going to bed. Take caution not to expose the body to a cold area after this.
• In a bowl of water, soak 7 almonds and keep them overnight. Peel them and prepare a paste. Add this paste to lukewarm milk and drink it.
• Take a bowl of water and soak 30 raisins in it, overnight. Chew them one by one, on an empty stomach, in the morning and have water.
• Holy basil works effectively in curing low blood pressure. Take about 15 holy basil leaves and crush them. Filter the mixture with the help of a muslin cloth. Have this filtered mixture, along with a tsp of honey, on an empty stomach.
• Include salt, asafetida and fruits in your diet. All these are beneficial in restoring the blood pressure level.
• Foods rich in proteins, vitamin C and vitamin B are effective in treating low blood pressure.
• Exercises, light walking, swimming and cycling are beneficial in regulating the blood pressure level.


A. What is Census? How is it useful?

The Indian Census is the most credible source of information on Demography (Population characteristics), Economic Activity, Literacy & Education, Housing & Household Amenities, Urbanization, Fertility and Mortality, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Language, Religion, Migration, Disability and many other socio-cultural and demographic data since 1872. Census 2011 will be the 15th National Census of the country. This is the only source of primary data at village, town and ward level. It provides valuable information for planning and formulation of polices for Central & State Governments and is widely used by National & International agencies, scholars, business people, industrialists, and many more. The delimitation/reservation of Constituencies - Parliamentary/Assembly/Panchayats and other Local Bodies is also done on the basis of the demographic data thrown up by the Census. Census is the basis for reviewing the country's progress in the past decade, monitoring the on-going schemes of the Government and most importantly, plan for the future. That is why the slogan of Census 2011 is "Our Census, Our Future".

B. What is the National Population Register? What is its use?

e NPR would be a Register of usual residents of the country. The NPR will be a comprehensive identity database that would help in better targeting of the benefits and services under the Government schemes/programmes, improve planning and help strengthen security of the country. This is being done for the first time in the country.
C. How will both these exercises be conducted?

The Census is a statutory exercise conducted under the provisions of the Census Act 1948 and Rules made there under. The NPR is being created under the provisions of the Citizenship Act and Rules.
Census Process:
The Census process involves visiting each and every household and gathering particulars by asking questions and filling up Census Forms. The information collected about individuals is kept absolutely confidential. In fact this information is not accessible even to Courts of law. After the field work is over the forms are transported to data processing centres located at 15 cities across the country. The data processing will be done using sophisticated software called Intelligent Character Recognition Software (ICR). This technology was pioneered by India in Census 2001 has become the benchmark for Censuses all around the globe. This involves the scanning of the Census Forms at high speed and extracting the data automatically using computer software. This revolutionary technology has enabled the processing of the voluminous data in a very short time and saving a huge amount of manual labour and cost.

NPR Process:

Details such as Name, Date of Birth, Sex, Present Address, Permanent Address, Names of Father, Mother and Spouse etc will be gathered by visiting each and every household. All usual residents will be eligible to be included irrespective of their Nationality. Each and every household will be given an Acknowledgement Slip at the time of enumeration. The data will then be entered into computers in the local language of the State as well as in English. Once this database has been created, biometrics such as photograph, 10 fingerprints and probably Iris information will be added for all persons aged 15 years and above. This will be done by arranging camps at every village and at the ward level in every town. Each household will be required to bring the Acknowledgement Slip to such camps. Those who miss these camps will be given the opportunity to present themselves at permanent NPR Centres to be set up at the Tehsil/Town level. In the next step, data will be printed out and displayed at prominent places within the village and ward for the public to see. Objections will be sought and registered at this stage. Each of these objections will then be enquired into by the local Revenue Department Officer and a proper disposal given in writing. Persons aggrieved by such order have a right of appeal to the Tehsildar and then to the District Collector. Once this process is over, the lists will be placed in the Gram Sabha in villages and the Ward Committee in towns. Claims and Objections will be received at this stage also and dealt with in the same manner described above. The Gram Sabha/Ward Committee has to give its clearance or objection within a fixed period of time after which it will be deemed that the lists have been cleared. The lists thus authenticated will then be sent to the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) for de-duplication and issue of UID Numbers. All duplicates will be eliminated at this stage based on comparison of biometrics. Unique ID numbers will also be generated for every person. The cleaned database along with the UID Number will then be sent back to the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India (ORG&CCI) and would form the National Population Register. As the UID system works on the basis of biometric de-duplication, in the case of persons of age 15 years and above (for whom biometrics is available), the UID Number will be available for each individual. For those below the age of 15 years (for whom biometrics is not available), the UID Number will be linked to the parent or guardian.

D. Will an Identity Card be given?

The National Population Register would have the data of every person enumerated during the Census operations irrespective of age. It would also have the biometric data and UID Number of every person of age 15 years and above. National Identity Cards will be given in a phased manner to all usual residents by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. The issue of Cards will be done in Coastal Villages to start with. After this the coastal Towns will be covered and so on till the entire country is covered.

E. Who will collect the Information?

Government servants duly appointed as Enumerators will visit each and every house and collect the information required. They will carry an Identity Card as well as an Appointment Letter. In case of need you may ask them to show these documents. The local Tahsildar can also be contacted in this regard.

F. What information will be collected?

Two Forms will be canvassed in each household. The first relates to the Houselisting and Housing Census. In this, 35 questions relating to Building material, Use of Houses, Drinking water, Availability and type of latrines, Electricity, possession of assets etc. will be canvassed.
The second form relates to the National Population Register. In this the following will be canvassed:

* Name of the Person
* Gender
* Date of Birth
* Place of Birth
* Marital Status
* Name of Father
* Name of Mother
* Name of Spouse
* Present Address
* Duration of stay at Present Address
* Permanent Address
* Occupation
* Nationality as Declared
* Educational Qualification
* Relationship to Head of family

G. Will my Information be disclosed to anybody?

All information collected under the Census is confidential and will not be shared with any agency - Government or private. Certain information collected under the NPR will be published in the local areas for public scrutiny and invitation of objections. This is in the nature of the electoral roll or the telephone directory. After the NPR has been finalised, the database will be used only within the Government.

H. How will I know that Census is being conducted?

The dates on which Census is being conducted in various States/Union Territories is given below:
Date of commencement States /UTs
1st April New Delhi (NDMC area), West Bengal, Assam, A & N Islands, Goa, Meghalaya
7th April Kerala, Lakshadweep, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim
15th April Karnataka, Arunachal, Chandigarh
21st April Gujarat, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu
26th April Tripura, Andhra Pradesh
1st May Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra
7th May Madhya Pradesh
15th May J & K, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh
1st June Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh (non synchronous), Nagaland
Not finalised Bihar, Jharkhand

Advertisements will be published in local Newspapers and in the radio/electronic media. Apart from this, the Census enumerators will be visiting your house in person. They will be affixing small Census stickers on the doorway of houses in which Census has been completed. These will indicate that they have commenced operations in your area.

I. Whom do I contact in case my house is not covered?

The local Tehsildar/Ward Officer of your area is the designated officer. In case of need you can also contact the Collector/DC/DM of your District or the Commissioner of your Town. You can also intimate us over e mail or contact us over the toll free number given in this website.

J. How do I ensure that the information given by me is being correctly entered?

The NPR form has to be signed by you. In case you require, ask the Enumerator to read it out to you and then affix your signature/thumb impression. In any case do ascertain that the details are correctly entered.

K. Do I need to show any documents to the enumerator?

The enumerator will take down all particulars as given by you. You are not required to show any proof. However, be cautioned that it is expected that you will provide correct and authentic information. You are also signing to this effect. The provision of false information can invite penalties under the Census and Citizenship Acts.

L. What is the Link between NPR and Unique ID Authority of India (UIDAI)?

The data collected in the NPR will be subjected to de-duplication by the UIDAI. After de-duplication, the UIDAI will issue a UID Number. This UID Number will be part of the NPR and the NPR Cards will bear this UID Number. The maintenance of the NPR database and updating subsequently will be done by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India.

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Now you can submitt ration card application by online for more details click here
The following types of ration cards are issued in the State:
* Green cards and Yellow cards are issued to BPL families living in rural areas and urban slums.
* Antyodaya Anna Yojana cards are issued to poorest of the poor families living in rural areas and urban slums.
* APL cards which are of two types, namely saffron cards and photo cards, are issued to families living above the poverty line (APL). Saffron cards are issued to APL families in rural areas and photo cards are issued to APL families in urban areas.

Every family residing in the State of Karnataka is entitled to a ration card.

* The application for a new ration card should be submitted in the prescribed form. The prescribed application forms are available in the respective offices free of cost. For obtaining computerised ration cards, an application fee of Re.1 is charged. The format is also displayed in the Fair Price Depots. The application can also be submitted on a plain paper but in the same format. It is not essential to use the printed form.
* The application for a new ration card should be submitted in the prescribed form. The prescribed application forms are available in the respective offices free of cost. For obtaining computerised ration cards, an application fee of Re.1 is charged. The format is also displayed in the Fair Price Depots. The application can also be submitted on a plain paper but in the same format. It is not essential to use the printed form.
* Either the head of the family or the spouse should submit the applications. Applications through intermediaries, social workers, etc. will not be entertained. Applications received in bundles through anyone will also not be entertained.

Necessary documents/papers:
* Three passport-sized photographs of the applicant
* Proof of residence: Copy of any of the following documents showing the residence address of the applicant
* Identity card issued by the Government or by Public Sector Undertakings
* Latest telephone bill on the name of the applicant
* Recent mail received by the applicant
* Latest LPG receipt on the name of the applicant
* Valid driving license
* Valid Passport
* Voter Identity card
* Latest tax paid receipt, if living in own house
* Extract of the Electoral Roll
* Latest rent-paid receipt, if living in a rented house, clearly indicating the name and complete postal address of the owner
* Any other documents that may prove the applicant's residence

In respect of poor applicants who do not have any of the above documents, the Food Inspector will conduct local enquiry and draw up a mahazar about the applicant being a bonafide resident or not. Further, if the issuing authority is not satisfied by any one of the proofs given by the applicant, the authority may ask for a second proof from among any one of the proofs listed above. A decision will be taken on submission of the second proof.

* Latest Income Certificate, if the applicant is seeking a yellow card (BPL card). In addition, the Food Inspector concerned will conduct a local inquiry to verify the information about the ownership of any valuable assets that may disqualify the applicant from being issued a BPL card.
* Surrender certificate or deletion certificate issued by the competent authority of Food and Civil Supplies Department if the applicant has moved from one place to another.

Every applicant will be issued an acknowledgement with the due date. The applicant should demand and collect the acknowledgement. The applicant should obtain the ration card after duly signing in the assignment register maintained in the rationing office.

For the issue of a new ration card, Rs.5/- is the charge in case of BPL cards and Rs.10/- in case of APL cards, Rs.45/- for the issue of a computerised card in Bangalore I.R. Area and Bailahongal Taluk of Belgaum District.
In case of loss of ration card, the cardholder can apply for a duplicate ration card along with an affidavit about the loss of the card. The duplicate card will be issued after due enquiry, in 30 days' time. The charges for the issue of a duplicate ration card are Rs.15/- for BPL cards, Rs.25/- for APL cards and Rs.45/- for the issue of computerised ration cards in Bangalore IR area and Bailahongal district.

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