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India launches biometric census

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India is launching a new census in which every person aged over 15 will be photographed and fingerprinted to create a biometric national database.

The government will then use the information to issue identity cards.

Over one year, India's population of around 1.2 billion people will be classified according to gender, religion, occupation and education, giving the world a fuller picture of the evolving democracy.

Sanjoy Mujumder reports from Delhi.

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