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Apple can't be forced by FBI to unlock iPhone

It's a win for Apple, which is being pressured by federal law enforcement agents to help it break into iPhones in at least 13 instances across the country

 

A federal magistrate-judge in New York city has ruled that the government can't force Apple to hack an iPhone to investigate a drug dealer.
 
It's a win for Apple, which is being pressured by federal law enforcement agents to help it break into iPhones in at least 13 instances across the country.
 
Apple says doing the federal government's bidding would undermine the security features in hundreds of millions of iPhones around the world, CNN reported.
 
So far, the justice department was relying on the All Writs Act, 1789, which gives judges broad discretion in carrying out the law.
 
On Monday, Judge James Orenstein said federal investigators cannot use that law to pull this off.
 
The US government's argument does not justify "imposing on Apple the obligation to assist the government's investigation against its will", the judge said.
 
The judge said law enforcement was inappropriately trying to use powers that it had not been given by the US Congress.
 
"The question is not whether the government should be able to force Apple to help it unlock a specific device," Orenstein said.
 
"It is instead whether the All Writs Act resolves that issue and many others like it yet to come... I conclude it does not," the judge ruled.
 
The case involves a methamphetamine dealer, Jun Feng, who was arrested in 2014 and cut a plea deal with prosecutors.
 
The Drug Enforcement Agency in 2015 got a search warrant to look through Feng's iPhone 5C to track down his fellow drug dealers and customers, but the device was running the iOS 7, and agents could not crack the passcode to see the data inside.
 
The agency sought Apple's help. Apple initially said it would help. The US Department of Justice claims Apple was being inconsistent.
 
"Apple... only changed course when the government's application for assistance was made public by the court," the department said on Monday.
 
An Apple senior executive said on Monday that the company did offer to help -- but only if the US government makes a lawful request.
 
"We will produce information when there is a lawful order to do so," the executive said. "But Judge Orenstein, on his own behalf, said he would not issue this order."
 
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Only 60% of interest accrued after April 1 taxable

The salaried class had been shocked by Monday's budget proposal presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that seemed to suggest that 60% of withdrawal from EPF would be taxable

 

The central government on Tuesday clarified that only some portion of the interest accrued on Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions made after April 1 this year will the taxed while the principal will continue to remain tax exempt.
 
Clarifying the position, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said 40% of the interest accrued on contributions made after that date would be tax exempt. He said the corpus won't be taxed on withdrawal.
 
The salaried class had been shocked by Monday's budget proposal presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that seemed to suggest that 60% of withdrawal from EPF would be taxable.
 
There would be no change in the tax treatment of contributions to the Public Provident Fund (PPF), Adhia said.
 
Presenting the budget for 2016-17, Jaitley said 40% of the National Pension Scheme (NPS) corpus would be tax exempt at the time of withdrawal to make it attractive for savers.
 
Jaitley said the annuity fund which goes to legal heir won't be taxable.
 
In case of superannuation funds and recognised provident funds, including EPF, the same norm of 40% of corpus to be tax free will apply in respect of corpus created out of contributions made on or from April 1.
 
He said the government was proposing the monetary limit for contribution of employer in recognised Provident and Superannuation Fund of Rs.150,000 per annum for taking tax benefit.
 
The service tax on single premium annuity policies had been reduced to 1.4% from 3.5%  of the premium paid in certain cases.
 
Similarly, Jaitley also announced exemption of service tax for annuity services provided by NPS and services provided by Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
 
The clarification from Adhia seems to have come due to the uproar against the government's proposal.
 
"The Finance Bill does not reflect Adhia's clarification. Perhaps the government may change the relevant provisions," Neha Malhotra, executive director, Nangia & Co, an international tax advisory and accounting firm, told IANS.
 
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Why are people losing interest in pure classical music: Amjad Ali Khan

Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan mesmerised the audience with their soulful performance at the recently concluded WSSF, which saw a confluence of global musical exponents showcasing traditions from the Orient, the East and Africa

 

Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, who has enthralled audiences all across the globe with his mellifluous music, is concerned that people are today more interested in fusion than pure classical music.
 
"Today people are more interested to see collaborations. Why are people more interested in fusion, what is the reason and why is it happening? It is a very big question and it bothers me," Amjad Ali Khan told IANS in an interview on the sidelines of the World Sacred Spirit Festival (WSSF) here.
 
"Why are people losing interest in pure classical music? It is not only a problem in India but also of the whole world right now as they want to see more collaborations," added the veteran artiste, who has performed around the world.
 
Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan mesmerised the audience with their soulful performance at the recently concluded WSSF, which saw a confluence of global musical exponents showcasing traditions from the Orient, the East and Africa.
 
Talking about fusion, he revealed that his sons - who just last month performed in Delhi with Grammy nominated violinist Elmira Darvarova -- often decline to play such collaborative shows.
 
"Even my sons are invited for fusion shows but they respectfully decline saying that they would perform only if people would want to listen to the sarod," said the father, who has impressed music aficionados for years altogether with innovation of complex ragas.
 
The 70-year-old musician, who has performed internationally for over four decades, doesn't want to blame the audience if they are not able to connect with the instrument.
 
"If my sarod doesn't affect the audience, then it is a minus point, an issue in me and not in the audience. The classes and masses classification has got nothing to do with the art. It is very easy to say that audience is bad, but I would say that you don't know your art then," asserted the Padma Vibhushan awardee.
 
He also lamented that despite adapting "so much from the British", India hasn't been able to "produce a symphony orchestra like theirs on both national and international levels".
 
"Now there is however a little awareness and small orchestra groups are coming up in Chennai and Mumbai, but the sad part is that they all get musicians from outside," Amjad Ali added.
 
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Prakash Bhate

1 year ago

Is there a way of finding out how many people listen to Ragam, the 24x7 Hindustani Classical and Karnatak music DTH service, recently introduced by AIR? It will give some idea of the popularity of this music. I am quite sure it will bust the myth eminent musicians spread about people losing interest in classical music. By the way, Ragam is a treat - no speeches, no ads, just a two line announcement before and after a performance. And the richness of the AIR archives has to be listened to be believed.

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