India's vaunted tech savvy is being put to the test this week as the country embarks on a daunting mission: assigning a unique 12-digit number to each of its 1.2 billion people. (Wall Street Journal)
The project, which seeks to collect fingerprint and iris scans from all residents and store them in a massive central database of unique IDs, is considered by many specialists the most technologically and logistically complex national identification effort ever attempted.
See also: Maharashtra villager gets first unique number card (News.in.msn.com)
As the gathering of villagers cheered and applauded, Ranjana Sonawane became the first in the country to receive the Unique Identification Number (UID) card at a ceremony.