More than 88% of the driving licences issued in Hailakandi district of Assam have come under the scanner.The southern Assam district has 45,300 driving licence holders. A scrutiny during an attempt to convert the laminated paper licences to smart cards revealed that some 40,000 of them could be “doubtful” or procured fraudulently.Last week, Hailakandi’s District Transport Officer Syed Rafiqul Mannan issued an order saying a majority of the licences were purportedly issued by his counterpart in Manipur’s Bishnupur district while the rest were issued by a “certain district” of Nagaland. These licences were flagged as doubtful.Agents to blame? There have been cases of people acquiring driving licences from neighbouring States after their applications were rejected in Assam.The DTO said that most of the people who applied for smart card revealed on being questioned that they did not go to Manipur or Nagaland to obtain their licences. This brought to the fore the issue of bogus driving licences being made with the help of agents.“Data was not available online as most of the licences were of the laminated type. The process of converting them into smart cards was accordingly put on hold. More than 40,000 such licences are lying in my office,” Mr. Mannan said.Smart cards The smart cards would be issued once his counterparts in Manipur and Nagaland confirm the authenticity of the driving licences purportedly issued from their offices, he said.Officials said the licences will be cancelled, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, if they are not found to be genuine. People can reapply online for fresh smart card licences.
HTC is widely expected to launch the Desire 616 and One (E8) smartphones in India tomorrow. The company has sent out invites to the media for a press conference in New Delhi.While nothing is confirmed per se, logic dictates that both these phones are headed to India as these are HTC’s two latest smartphones, which have not hit the country.The Desire 616 was announced earlier in the week in Singapore. It sports a 5-inch 720p LCD display, a 1.4GHz octa-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, 4GB of internalmemory, a microSD card slot and a 2,000mAh battery. In terms of connectivity, there is Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS.The One (E8) was instead launched last month and it was designed as cheaper version of the One (M8), which has a swanky metal body. The One (E8) foregoes metal for polycarbonate, but still retains the dimensions of the M8.In terms of specs, it’s identical to the One (M8), but forgoes the UltraPixel rear camera for a traditional 13-megapixel shooter and drops the IR blaster. This actually could be a blessing in disguise, as the One (M8) is known for the lack of detail and over exposure issues.The rest remains the same. So it has a 5-inch 1,920×1,080 pixels screen, a 2,600mAh battery, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 5-megapixel front facing camera.Both the phones run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat on top of which HTC uses its Sense UI. advertisement