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Privacy vs curbs: Rules reflect global trend but sweeping blacklist puts law and order at centre -Pranav Mukul and Aashish Aryan

-The Indian Express These rules come even as a Joint Parliamentary Committee is in the final stages of discussion of a privacy Bill that covers aspects such as the role of social media intermediaries and the reach of Big Tech companies, and the privacy accorded to...

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Centre’s IT Rules bring answerability in digital ecosystem. But they also increase political control -Apar Gupta

-The Indian Express Apar Gupta writes: The substance of many of the requirements were never put to public consultation or deliberation by experts. This is particularly the case for the regulations for online news portals and video streaming platforms. In the polarised environment that we now inhabit,...

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Dams, roads worsened Himalayan flood impact manifold -Joydeep Gupta

-TheThirdPole.net Climate change made the Uttarakhand flash flood possible, and poor development policies made it disastrous The February 7 flash flood in the Rishi Ganga river in the Himalayas has shone a spotlight on the deadly combination of climate change and ill-planned roads and dams. The latest...

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FSSAI's GMO threshold for imported food crops ‘unacceptably high’, says letter to health minister

-Down to Earth FSSAI issued an order on February 8 setting the permissible limit for GMO in imported food crops at 1% The one per cent threshold for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food crops imported into India, set by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India...

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Uttarakhand: Activists want more policing, action on violators

-The New Indian Express ​Similarly, Anoop Nautiyal of Social Development for Communities said there have been regular observations that irresponsible muck disposal is causing mayhem in Uttarakhand. DEHRADUN: Environment activists welcomed the NGT upholding the penalty of Rs 57.96 lakh imposed on NTPC by the Uttarakhand PCB...

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