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Indian citizens losing privacy in the name of surveillance: Mamata

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Kolkata, Dec 21 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday lashed out at the Central government alleging Indian citizens were losing their privacy in the name of ‘surveillance’ which was unacceptable and a matter of concern.

“Despite being the citizen of an independent country, we are losing our independence. Why should we accept it?” Banerjee said while ceremonially declaring the 8th Kolkata Christmas Festival open.

The order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday authorised 10 Central security and investigating agencies and the Delhi Police to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.

“Today there is a notification of the Central government stating blanket surveillance on all computers. As far as I have heard, it stated that it is mandatory to reveal all data. In case of a violation, one will be punished for 7 years. It is a matter of concern,” Banerjee said.

She said it is not possible for a businessman or industrialist to share everything and even a person cannot share a confidential secret stored in his/her personal computer.

“When everything is taken under surveillance, it means privacy and independence is no longer there. Based on their whims they have given the responsibility to ten agencies,” she said.

She pointed out that there was a law existing since 2009, but it mentioned ‘under unavoidable circumstances’. This step can be taken in case of major incidents such as riots, war or other emergency situations.

“Sites could have been blocked as a preventive method during such emergency cases. Earlier, the Home Secretary was authorised to do so during special circumstances,” Banerjee said.

Now the government has given clarification by adding “with individual’s prior permission,” the CM said.

Raising concern about misuse of the order, Banerjee said: “I don’t understand what they want. They must withdraw this notification as it can be used purposefully and vindictively”.

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BJP accuses TMC of vandalising posters ahead of Shah’s rally

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Malda (West Bengal), Jan 22 (IANS) The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers of vandalising posters and decorative gates ahead of party chief Amit Shah’s rally here.

“Gates, welcome arches, posters, cut-outs, festoons have been vandalised ahead of our national president’s rally. Gates have set on fire. Vehicles carrying our supporters are being stopped in many places,” state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.

BJP supporters and activists were threatened and harassed so that they could not attend the programme, he alleged.

“Despite all these, our supporters are active and the process of ‘paribartan’ (change) has been started,” he added.

After high drama over denial of permission for facilitating the landing of Shah’s chopper in Malda, the state’s BJP leadership said that they finally received the clearance at two places in the district.

The BJP received permission to land the chopper at the helipads in Golden Park Hotel here and the one used by the Border Security Force in Malda district.

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Himachal Pradesh: 26 injured after tourist bus skids off road in Bilaspur

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 22: At least 26 people were injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district on Monday.

The 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district.

Other 8 people who were seriously injured were shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

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Heavy rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Incessant rain in Jammu division and light to moderate fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley occurred on Tuesday as the Met forecast improvement from Wednesday onwards.

“The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday.

“The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.2 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.

Kargil was coldest at minus 12.2, Drass town of Ladakh recorded minus 6.8, while Leh was warmer at 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city was at 8.7, Katra 6, Batote minus 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.1 and Bhaderwah was at minus 0.2.

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