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Opposition parties must join hands to oppose biometric ID and Aadhaar, says CFCL
According to Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties, Aadhaar has intended consequences impacting monetary and non-monetary aspects of citizens' life and opposition parties should join during the hearing of a PIL in SC later this month
 
The Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL) has asked opposition parties to join hands to oppose biometric ID and Aadhaar during the next hearing on the public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court later this month. 
 
"Opposition parties should note that all this information (about Aadhaar) will be in the hands of a few trustworthy people in the government and few select companies. Such a situation is fraught with both unintended and intended consequences impacting monetary and non-monetary aspects of citizens' life," CFCL said in a release.
 
Meanwhile, following a legal notice sent by the Forum, the Delhi government has instructed all its departments to ensure that Aadhaar is not made mandatory for any work. The order issued by the Delhi government on 24 March 2015, states, "All concerned are requested to ensure strict compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court (on Aadhaar). Any administrative instructions in violation of the order of Supreme Court will have no validity." 
 
CFCL says there is a need for other State Governments to do so as well. 
 
The apex court is likely to hear the matter concerning and illegality of 12-digit biometric Aadhaar number on 21 July 2015. Earlier in March 2015, a bench of Justice J Chelameswar, Justice SA Bobde and Justice C Nagappan reiterated it was incumbent upon the central government to ensure that the states complied with the Supreme Court's order of not making Aadhaar mandatory for availing social benefits under various schemes.
 
The apex court by its 23 September 2013 order, had said "no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar in spite of the fact that some authorities had issued a circular making it mandatory and when any person applies to get the Aadhaar voluntarily, it may be checked whether that person is entitled for it under the law and it should not be given to any illegal immigrant."
 
According to the Forum, biometric identification and related schemes are an attempt to convert Indian residents into a number, Indian population into a market and then citizens in to subjects of transnational biometric technology companies. It says, "This situation creates is a compelling need to initiate a political movement to stop the use of Aadhaar before opposition parties, dissenting voices and democratic rights gets imprisoned in the Database State."
 
Karnataka High Court's former judge K S Puttaswamy had moved the court in 2012 contending that the entire Aadhaar scheme was unconstitutional as the biometric data collected under it was an incursion and transgression of individual privacy.
 

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Ralph Rau

2 years ago

No country in the world has a such an extensive and intrusive ID program like India's

A program like this must have proper oversight independent of the government of the day by a non-partisan body of highly respected citizens.

saravanan ramamoorthy

2 years ago

This is instigated by a very top congressmen who held portfolios of Home and Finance. He was an insider opposing the Aadhar when they were in power. He may be one of the top source of black money generation. Common citizens should not join this PIL.

PMO asks civil aviation ministry for report on VIP delays
The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday asked the civil aviation ministry for a report on the delay in Air India flights on account of VIP travels.
 
"PMOIndia asks Ministry of Civil Aviation for a report on delay in #AirIndia flights on account of VIP travels in the recent past," Press Information Bureau chief Frank Noronha tweeted.
 
A controversy was triggered after three passengers were reportedly taken off a flight from Leh in order to accommodate Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and an aide last week.
 
On Thursday, Rijiju clarified that he was unaware that an Air India flight was allegedly delayed and three passengers made to de-board to accommodate him and an aide at the last minute.
 
"Usually, I am informed about all my travel arrangements while I am on an official assignment," Rijiju told IANS from Darjeeling, where he has gone to check the damage caused by landslides in the district.
 
"But I can't be blamed for the happening as the Leh administration didn't inform me on what basis they were making the changes to accommodate me on the Air India flight," the minister added.
 
"It is obvious that if I was informed about the changes by causing problems to passengers, then I would have definitely stopped it from happening."
 
Rijiju was in Leh on June 24 to attend the "Sindhu Darshan" festival. But due to bad weather, the helicopter in which he had gone there could not take off and last minute arrangements were made to accommodate him and his aide on Air India flight AI-446.
 
Earlier this week, an Air India flight from Mumbai to New York, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on board, was reportedly delayed by nearly an hour. This was allegedly done to accommodate a member of his entourage.
 
While Fadnavis denied any such hold-up, Air India confirmed the delay, albeit for different reasons.
 
"The flight AI-191 of 29th of June 15 was delayed by total 57 minutes. The delay was partly due to technical/operational reasons and also due to ATC (air traffic control)," an airline official said in a statement.

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D S Ranga Rao

2 years ago

How the PMO is going to verify the Civil Aviation Ministry reports? Can they dare report adverse against their own netas/bosses? Damage, that ought not to have been, has already been done in terms of loss of precious time, unnecessary hold-ups, loss of self-respect of all other passengers, etc.Can the PMO reverse it? Or, at least, guarantee such nonsense never recurs? What's the use of shedding crocodile tears now? If the PMO is sincere in finding the truth and taking action, let there be an open enquiry and the findings be made public including the action taken to avoid such shameless incidents in future.

Want more 'likes' on Facebook? Check your watch
So your last Facebook post, on which you worked so much - giving smart twists to make it funny and awesome - did not garner any likes? Well, the fault may not be with the content but with timings, says a study.
 
In all probability you posted that update at the wrong time.
 
So when is the best time to post on Facebook? On weekdays during working hours, and then again between 7 pm and 8 pm, suggests the study, Bustle.com reported.
 
On the weekends there's a major drop-off in reactions. Hence, if you are really feeling yourself on Friday evening, wait to post that photo on until Monday afternoon.
 
"The probability that an audience member reacts to a message may depend on several factors, such as his daily and weekly behaviour patterns, his location or timezone, and the volume of other messages competing for his attention," said researchers from Lithium Technologies in San Francisco, who conducted the study.
 
The US cities of San Francisco and New York exhibit similar shapes, where reactions peak at the beginning of work hours, the study said.
 
For Paris, the reactions peak in the second half of working hours, while for London most reactions are expected towards the end of working hours.
 
"This is important for businesses which are trying to connect with consumers in different areas, or if your new social media crush lives halfway across the globe," the researchers said.
 
Also, if you want immediate gratification, Twitter might be the way to go. The study found that it sees bigger peaks in usage, has twice the chance of eliciting responses, and reaction times are much faster compared to Facebook.
 
On Facebook it takes up to two hours for the first half of the responses to come in; on Twitter, however, most responses come within half an hour.
 
The researchers then took their data set, which held timestamps from a huge number of posts (144 million, to be precise) and reactions (1.1 billion) over a 120-day period, and analysed it using Klout.

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