GS 2 You may soon be able to opt out of Aadhaar The government is in the last stages of finalising a proposal to amend the Aadhaar Act to give all citizens an option to withdraw their Aadhaar number, including biometrics and the data. The Taiwan card Taipei’s fine balance in its relationship with mainland China is coming under stress Colombo’s perceptions India encounters a range of reactions in Sri Lanka: appreciation, support, suspicion and opposition Centre may bring back curbs in Andamans The Restricted Area Permit regime was lifted this August from 29 islands, including North Sentinel, to promote tourism GS 3 ‘CO2 levels poised for record high’ Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project. ‘Big bird’ to take Internet to villages India’s first six-tonne-class ‘big bird’ in space, advanced communication satellite GSAT-11, was put into orbit in the early hours of Wednesday from the European spaceport in Guiana in South America. A valid pause The Reserve Bank of India’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged, given easing inflation and the slowdown in economic momentum, was both expected and reasonable. Flying into losses The three main publicly listed airlines in the country — IndiGo, SpiceJet and Jet Airways — slipped from profitability to steep losses in the first nine months of the current calendar year. These airlines together account for 70% of the domestic market share. In a first, baby born using uterus from a dead donor A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.