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Through Aadhaar individual security, privacy are being put at risk: Mozilla Chairwoman

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Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker on 9th February penned down a letter to the Justice Srikrishna and the  Members of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Committee of Experts regarding the various disadvantages of Aadhaar card and its negative impact on Righ to privacy.

The chairwoman recounted The Tribune report on Aadhaar and another security breach examples to show her concern.

“In the digital age, especially in regards to the Aadhaar, individual security and privacy are increasingly being put at risk,” she said in the letter.

Meanwhile pointing out some gaps in the current proposal, she said,”exemption of biometric info from the definition of sensitive personal information that must be especially protected. This is backwards, biometric info is some of the most personal info, and can’t be “reset’ like a password.”

“Your report also casts doubt on whether individuals should be allowed a right to object over how their data is processed; this is a core pillar of data protection, without a right to object, consent is not meaningful and individual liberty is curtailed,”she added.

You can read her full letter in the Link 

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Two Indian Army men test corona positive

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New Delhi, March 29 : After the first case of a soldier testing positive from Ladakh Scouts in Leh, the Indian Army recorded two more COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday.

It said the two persons belonging to the Army had a travel history.

The Army has started contact tracing and has identified persons who were in touch with them. They have been quarantined, it said.

The Army said, “The two persons are keeping good health and are stable.”

The two incude a Colonel, who is a doctor in Kolkota, and a Junior Commissioned Officer in Dehradun.

“A Colonel-rank doctor was tested positive for COVID19 at Army Command Hospital in Kolkata. The officer was in New Delhi recently. The officer has been put under quarantine and all precautions are being taken for his colleagues as well,” the Army stated.

Further, a Territorial Army soldier from Srinagar was suspected to be positive COVID -19. The test confirmed he was corona negative.

Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a proposal for contributing staff’s one-day salary to the Prime Minister-CARES Fund.

It is estimated that around Rs 500 crore will be collectively provided by the Defence Ministry to the fund from various wings, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Defence PSUs and others.

The employees’ contribution is voluntary and those desirous of opting out will be exempted.

Amid coronavirus scare, the Indian Army headquarters at South Block has remained closed since last Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a complete lockdown in fight against COVID-19.

The Army headquarters has started functioning with the bare minimum staff of around 15 per cent from last Thursday.

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Two more Covid-19 cases in Bengal, count now 20

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Kolkata, March 29 : Two persons, including an Army doctor, were on Sunday detected with the coronavirus infection here – in the first case of a medico getting afflicted with the dreaded Covid-19 in West Bengal, where the disease count has now gone up to 20.

The 52-year-old anaesthesiologist is now admitted at the Command Hospital, Alipore, state Health Department sources said.

A 66-year-old man also tested positive for the disease.

One person has died due to Covid-19 in the state so far.

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979 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India, 106 new cases, 6 new deaths

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: 106 new cases, six deaths in last 24 hours, total now 979, says health ministry

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New Delhi, March 29 : 979 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India, 106 new cases, 6 new deaths.

  • Maharashtra was the worst hit state, followed by Kerala and Karnataka
  • 87 coronavirus patients have been cured/discharged across the countr

Here is state-wise tally of total coronavirus cases in the country:

  • Andhra Pradesh 14
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands – 9
  • Bihar – 9
  • Chandigarh – 8
  • Chhattisgarh – 6
  • Delhi – 39 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Goa – 3 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Gujarat – 53 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Haryana – 33 ( including 14 foreign nationals)
  • Himachal Pradesh – 3
  • Jammu and Kashmir – 31
  • Karnataka – 76
  • Kerala – 182 ( including 8 foreign nationals)
  • Ladakh – 13
  • Madhya Pradesh – 30
  • Maharashtra – 186 ( including 3 foreign nationals)
  • Manipur – 1
  • Mizoram – 1
  • Odisha – 3
  • Puducherry – 1
  • Punjab – 38
  • Rajasthan – 54 ( including 2 foreign nationals)
  • Tamil Nadu – 42 ( including 6 foreign nationals)
  • Telengana – 66 ( including 10 foreign nationals)
  • Uttarakhand – 6 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Uttar Pradesh – 55 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • West Bengal – 17

While 319 of the positive cases were Indian, 41 are foreigners, the Health Ministry said in the 6.30 p.m. update.

“A total of 24 patients have been cured and discharged. Seven deaths have been reported across the country,” the Health Ministry said.

Among the 23 states and union territories where the cases were found, Maharashtra has the highest patient count followed by Kerala.

The number of cases across the country has been increasing on a drastic speed.

While Bihar, Punjab, Delhi, Gujarat, and Karnataka have reported one each coronavirus related deaths, Maharashtra has reported two deaths as of now.

A total of 75 districts across the country have been put under lockdown, with only essential services allowed.

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