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UIDAI in your phone book: Whom to be blamed?

Anusha Bhattacharya

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The whole issue that was emerging around for last two days on who put the Aadhaar helpline number in your contact list, came to a relief late Friday night when Google, the Android operating system provider accepted that “they” have done it. The company in a statement said that an internal review has revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number such as police, ambulance, fire etc were coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android phones. That was later used in India and has remained there since. And before jumping on to a false conclusion about whom to blame and whom to not, ask yourself: Why did Google save the UIDAI number in your contact list in the first place? They didnt wake up one day and said ”Lets add UIDAI phone number to the Indian phones for fun”. It is a matter of concern over the safety of Aadhar database, safety about You and Me, the 1.35 billion people who’s privacy is now in grave danger. And the government is doing nothing about it. Our Correspondent Miss Anusha Bhattacharya gives more insights about the case.

 

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Is Rafale story really over?

Arti Ghargi

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The Supreme Court in its verdict on Friday said that it found nothing wrong with a deal the Narendra Modi government signed with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that it had studied the matter “extensively” and that it was “satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process [of signing the Rafale deal].” Overall, the Supreme Court gave a thumbs up to the Rafale deal. But is the Rafale story really over? We take a look at the unanswered questions in this video.
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An insider on Australia recognising Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

Smita Sahu

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Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison has announced that his government will recognize West Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Nonetheless, he stated that the embassy of Australia would not relocate from Tel Aviv till such time a peace settlement is agreed upon. But what’s the inside story to it?

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Pakistan court acquits 2 prime suspects in Sarabjit’s murder case

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Lahore | A Pakistani court on Saturday acquitted two prime suspects in the murder case of Indian national Sarabjit Singh in 2013 in the Kot Lakhpat jail, citing “lack of evidence” against them. The Lahore Sessions Court announced its verdict in the case which was pending for more than five years.

According to a court official, Lahore’s additional district and sessions judge Muhammad Moin Khokhar acquitted the main suspects – Amir Tamba and Mudassar after all witnesses turned hostile.

“Not a single witness testified in the court against both the suspects. The court acquitted them for lack of evidence against them,” the official said. He said both suspects made their presence in the court through a video link from the Kot Lakhpat Jail because of security concerns.

Amir and Mudassar, two Pakistani death row prisoners, attacked Singh, 49, in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in 2013 resulting in his death. In previous hearings, the judge had expressed his anger as the prosecution failed to bring forth prosecuting witnesses to record their statement.

One witness in the previous hearing told the court that Singh was brought to the Services Hospital in a critical condition. “I wanted to record Singh’s statement but the doctors stopped him, terming his condition very serious,” the official quoted the witnesses.

Sarabjit died before recording his statement before the doctors. A one-man judicial commission of Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi of Lahore high court had initially investigated Singh’s murder case before the trial kicked off in the Sessions court.

Naqvi recorded the statements of some 40 witnesses in the case and submitted its report to the government which is yet to make its findings public.

The one-man commission had also issued notices to Singh’s relatives through the foreign ministry to record their statements and produce any evidence they had regarding his death. However, Singh’s family did not record their statements, the officials had said.

Tamba and Mudassar, in their statements to the commission, had confessed to the crime and said they killed Singh as they wanted to avenge the killing of people in

and Faisalabad in bomb blasts allegedly carried out by the Indian national.

Singh has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in a string of bombings in 1990 in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

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