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Data protection bill detrimental to economy, says advocacy group

The bill, if passed in its present form, may even cause to wipe out nearly one per cent of the Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of the country, the letter said.

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New Delhi, Oct 21 : While the government is in the process of devising institutional measures to protect consumers’ personal data, an advocacy group has written to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad against the limited scope of the legislation in work, which, it said, will “harm the overall globalization of the economy” in the long run.

Consumer VOICE on Sunday said that though the move may seem right in the short run, it eventually will prove to be detrimental to the economy.

The government had earlier this year brought out the draft of data protection bill, an effort towards defining the legal boundaries of the use of personal data and bringing the matter under legislature.

“The bill in its current form will drastically hinder such progress and negatively impact consumer interests in garnering benefits of these global technological innovations, access to global best practices and options, economies of scale, knowledge base and opportunities,” the advocacy group said in its letter to Prasad, who is also the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

The bill, if passed in its present form, may even cause to wipe out nearly one per cent of the Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of the country, the letter said.

“An international report has quantified harm to Indian economy and states that the potential impact on India’s GDP may be -0.8 per cent, domestic investments -1.4 per cent and the loss per worker may be equivalent to 11 per cent of the average monthly salary,” it read.

The letter said that restrictions on cross-border flow of data will have “far reaching negative consequences”, as will the data localisation, which will deny the citizens the access of “innovative offerings”.

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Selection Panel Meeting on Jan 24 to decide on New CBI Director

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New Delhi, Jan 16: The Selection Panel is scheduled to meet on January 24 to choose a new director of the CBI, news agency ANI reported.

The high-level panel includes Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, and the leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha, or leader of the largest party.

On Tuesday, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding early holding of the meeting to appoint a regular CBI Director.

Kharge was part of the committee that removed Alok Verma as the director with a 2-1 decision on January 10 within 48 hours after rejoining the post.

PM Modi and Chief Justice of India’s nominee AK Sikri were the other members of the panel.

The Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India’s nominee AK Sikri opted to remove Verma on the basis of the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which went into the corruptions allegations levelled against him, while Kharge opposed the decision.

Additional Director M Nageshwara Rao was made the interim director of the probe agency. Rao had previously been given the same charge when the
government divested CBI chief Alok Verma of his charge after amid a bitter feud with his deputy Rakesh Asthana on the intervening night of October 23-24 last year

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Woman alleges gang rape near Delhi Mall

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New Delhi, Jan 16: A 24-year-old woman has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by her friend and his two accomplices in a stationary car here after making her drink juice containing sedatives near a mall.

The police said on Tuesday the incident occurred on Monday night when a passerby saw the woman crying near a car at Cross River Mall in east Delhi’s Shahdara and informed the police.

“The police reached the spot and arrested the victim’s friend, later identified as Amit, 30. We are investigating the role of Amit’s friends in the crime who are at large,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Meghna Yadav told IANS.

“During the investigation, we found that Amit, a businessman, who is a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat, befriended the victim through a common friend some two months ago after he promised to get her home loan at a cheaper rate,” The DCP said.

“A resident of Seelampur in Delhi, the victim was called by Amit for a meeting on Monday near Cross River Mall. During the meeting, according to the statement of victim, Amit, accompanied by two friends, gave her juice with sedatives. As she fell unconscious, she was gang-raped by the three accused,” Yadav added.

The police have registered a case of rape against Amit on the complaint of victim and are interrogating him to establish the role and identify his two friends, she added.

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Kumbh 2019: 33,000 lamps lit daily for construction of Ram Temple

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Prayagraj, Jan 16: A group of saints are lighting 33,000 earthen lamps everyday at the ongoing Kumbh Mela for the early construction of a grand Ram temple at the disputed Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

“We’ll light total 11 lakh lamps in a month. We believe that the construction of Ram Temple will start immediately after the conclusion of Kumbh” Moni Maharaj said.

The seers believe that the construction will start soon after the Kumbh Mela that ends on March 4.

Additionally, a number of hoardings welcoming devotees to the Mela also call for the construction of a Ram temple.

The next date of hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case in the Supreme Court is on January 29.

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