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Can you have Nilekani without UID? by Subir Roy

Both Nandan Nilekani and his well-wishers are today, two years after he set out on his unique identification (UID) journey, wiser if not a more disillusioned lot. Right at the outset he had acknowledged concerns over privacy issues, saying, “India does not really have a privacy law. So all this will act as an impetus to define the privacy framework for Indians.” That gaping hole is still staring us in...

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Anti-Posco outfit chief takes on BJD RS member by Ashis Senapati

The Posco Pratirodhaka Sangram Samiti (PPSS) president slammed BJD Rajya Sabha member Baishnab Parida on Saturday for commenting in the Parliament on Friday that large numbers of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were hand-in-glove with anti-land acquisition leaders to oppose the proposed steel plant construction in the seaside villages of Jagatsinghpur district. "Not a single Bangladeshi is residing in three gram panchayats of Dhinkia, Gadakujang and Nuagaon areas," said PPSS president...

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Crossing borders below the radar, and making it back by Malia Politzer

Gary Singh’s abduction ordeal illustrates the dangers faced by those who rely on smugglers to make their way overseas One day in 2006, 18-year-old Gubachan “Gary” Singh, an illegal immigrant in Manila, Philippines, was on his way to work when he was approached by four stocky Filipinos. One pulled out a gun, pressing the barrel into the small of his back, while another blindfolded him and shoved him into a van....

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BJP, Cong spar over Assam migrant issue

With the Assam elections approaching, Congress and BJP have begun sparring over the issue of illegal migration from across the Bangladesh border into the state and made it clear that the issue will snowball into a major issue. As the BJP petitioned the Election Commission on Monday seeking deletion of names of the Bangladeshi infiltrators, Congress accused its rival of 'communalizing' the issue of migration. A BJP delegation submitted a memorandum to...

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Govt solving migrant labourer problem: Labour Minister

Government today claimed that the problem of migrant labourers is being solved gradually through several Bharat Nirman schemes and rural job guarantee programme, NREGA. Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour that schemes like NREGA, which provides 100 days of guaranteed employment to the rural poor, and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) along with other Bharat Nirman schemes have been beneficial for labourers. "NREGA and...

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