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Aadhaar Judgement: Supreme Court Upholds Validity But Says Don't Need to Link to Bank Accounts, Mobile Phones

titutional, but placed strict limitations on the scope of the project while striking down several contentious provisions of the legislation including clauses that allowed sharing of data for national security purposes and the usage of the biometric authentication system by private corporations. In a three-judge majority order, the court also read down the five-year rule for archival storage of transaction logs and also struck down any storage of me

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AP's Anna Canteens feed 2.15 lakh people every day

-Deccan Chronicle Hyderabad: Anna Canteens in Andhra Pradesh, formed on the lines of Amma canteens in Tamil Nadu, is providing food security to its people. The canteens were named after former chief minister N T Rama Rao (NTR), who introduced Rs 2 a kilo rice scheme in 1983. NTR was affectionately called “Anna” (elder brother). The Akshaya Patra Foundation runs these canteens. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu introduced Anna

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Farmers and smartphone politics -Jitendra

minathan Committee Report, give them remunerative price for their produce, implement loan waivers for poor peasants and agricultural workers, check forcible land acquisition, provide Universal Social security and protect labour laws. Even as crowds of farmers and workers were marching to Parliament last week, governments in two states, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh announced plans to make their farmers “smart” by giving them smart phones.

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Areas under Maoists have shrunk by 40% in past three years: CRPF chief -Vijaita Singh

R.R. Bhatnagar says the force is getting closer to the core areas of the extremists, cutting down the striking distance and striking time. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has opened 15 new security camps in Chhattisgarh’s South Bastar this year to choke the presence of Maoists, CRPF Director General R.R. Bhatnagar said. Speaking to The Hindu, he said South Bastar or the Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee (DKSZC), led by commander

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A Shrinking Table -Shruti Lakhtakia

revised Act seeks to increase the jail term for negligent children, broaden responsibility beyond biological children and grandchildren and expand the definition of maintenance to include safety and security. This law will ultimately safeguard the rights of those elderly who have seen abuse and help them pursue legal action. But when financial needs are met, and social ones remain, the bite of law is limited. Isolation and loneliness among the eld

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Scheduled Castes among worst sufferers of India's job problem -Sukhdeo Thorat

es were 44% for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 42% for upper castes and 46% for the rest. Even among wage labourers, SCs have a much greater share of casual wage workers, which signifies higher job insecurity and poor earnings. The share of casual wage labour was 47 percent for SCs compared with one third for OBC/higher caste /rest, and all India average. In fact, of the total casual labourers in the country, about 32 percent are SC, which is double t

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The Tragi-Comedy of Jobs Numbers -Subodh Varma

balloon has now become a joke, after getting sanctified by everybody in the govt., from PM Modi downwards. Yesterday, the govt. released new numbers on how many people enrolled in three of its social security schemes, provident fund (EPF), employees health insurance (ESI) and pension (NPS).  These numbers show that EPF added over 1 crore new members, ESI added 1.19 crore and NPS some 6.1 lakh. After last year’s concerted attempt to add u

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