9th July, 2019

Good Morning,

 

My Nose was leaking due to cold, Mumbai is anyway used to the leaks, but what I did not expect was that even the White House leaks.


WHITE HOUSE LEAKS AND OTHER WEATHER CONDITIONS

 

Driving rains flooded parts of Washington, DC, on Monday, shattering a daily record in just an hour, forcing 15 swift-water rescues from stranded cars and causing an undeniable leak in the White House. And this leaks wasn’t blamed on CNN although the water gushed into the press workspace in the basement near the White House’s West Wing.

Essentially, Washington was for a day what Mumbai is for weeks during the monsoon. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for the next 24 hours. According to the IMD warning, 200 mm of rainfall is expected in the city in the next two hours. Heavy to very Heavy rainfall is also likely to occur in the outskirts districts of Mumbai.

So be reasonably assured, that the prediction will not be accurate. It’s not me saying it, its IMDs track record.

 

 

 

UNION MINISTER OF LAW & JUSTICE TAKES ISSUE WITH AADHAAR BILL BEING CALLED CONSTITUTIONAL FRAUD BY SC JUDGE

 

 

It is 9th July 2019 and a nation that can not predict, surveil or manage its weather accurately is steaming ahead with its plans of becoming a surveillance state under the aegis of Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad emboldened by Home Minister Amit Shah. But first lets Goebbels it up.

Ravi Shankar Prasad seems to be very bugged with Supreme Court judge calling out the fraud that he tried to pull off with the Aadhaar scam, sorry, scheme.

“It is a remarkable minority judgment… with all humility, I want to say this in the House today. We respect Supreme Court judges but the use of words such as constitutional fraud should not happen,” Prasad, who is also the minister for Information and Technology, said.

 

He did not name the judge but his comments clearly seemed in response to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh citing a 500-page dissenting judgement by Justice D Y Chandrachud on the passage of the Aadhaar Bill as a money bill in Parliament under the BJP-led government’s first term.

Ramesh had quoted the judge to say that the Act “constitutes a fraud on the Constitution.”

“Passing of a Bill as a Money Bill, when it does not qualify for it, damages balance of bicameralism which is part of the basic structure of the Constitution,” Ramesh quoted the judge as saying.

 

 

 

INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SURVEILLANCE REGIME  

  • GOVERNMENT OPENS BID FOR FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM

 

 

A good reminder here would be about the data protection law. What is that? Exactly. India does not have one and yet we are going ahead with all draconian data use. Listen to this along with Aap government installing CCTV’s in schools for parents to keep track of their kids, but the news in today’s Times of India makes this look pale.

The National Crime Records Bureau has initiated the process of installing an automated facial recognition system (AFRS) that will help identify people by matching digital images, photos and video feed with an existing database, in a move that raises concerns of privacy.

According to the request for proposal (RFP) document seeking open bids for an AFRS solution, the benefits include a robust system to identify criminals, missing people, unidentified dead bodies and unknown persons.

Recently, San Francisco had banned the use of facial recognition by the city’s police and other agencies.

cyber experts have raised data privacy issues given that the system is sought to be rolled out even as a data protection law has not been enacted.

 

 

INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SURVEILLANCE REGIME 

  • 8 BILLS IN ONE HOUR, ‘DRACONIAN’ UAPA AND UNLAWFUL DNA COLLECTION PART OF IT

 

 

And now with these overreaching thoughts and ideas in action, the eight bills introduced in the Lok Saba within an hour on Monday make so much more sense and also understand why opposition parties protested against it and are describing some of the provisions as “draconian” or “anti-people”.

 

The strongest objections came against the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, brought in by home minister Amit Shah, which empowers the authorities to declare even individuals not associated with any outfit as terrorists. The Opposition condemned the provision as unconstitutional and tried to block its introduction, but without success.

Congress member Shashi Tharoor said the bill was “ill-considered and hasty”, adding that the original intention behind the act was to use it against collectives and not against individuals.

Another bill that evoked opposition was DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill.

Congress House leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that DNA testing of under-trial prisoners violated their fundamental rights.

“It’s a mandatory provision which you have inserted into the bill. It is a flawed legislative document. It inadequately regulates the use of DNA (tests) in civil matters as it is silent on consent, storage and removal of profiles,” he said.

But health minister Harsh Vardhan, who introduced the bill, said: “All these concerns do not have any serious substance. When we discuss this bill, each and every concern will be addressed.”.

 

 

KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT IS HANGING BY A THREAD

Karnataka- Can we just be done with the government there? It is now a force fit government and it needs to go because no one likes that big a saga outside Zee, Star, Color , HBO or your favorite OTT platform.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and top coalition leaders scrambled to save the government with multiple meetings through the day and announced that all 32 ministers had resigned in a bid to make room for some of the disgruntled leaders.

But the strategy appeared to have floundered with several rebel leaders, who shifted to a resort in Goa from Mumbai late on Monday evening, reiterating their commitment to quit the coalition.

 

 

 

BJP MPs RAJIV PRATAP RUDY AND HEMA MALINI TAKE ON BJPs TOURISM MINISTER IN LOK SABHA

 

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, it looks like not only is there a fight between Congress and JDS and Congress and Congress but also BJP and BJP if disgruntled minister a key spokesman, however, sidelined, chose to take it up during the assembly session. BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Monday displayed exasperation against his own government in the Lok Sabha for doing little to promote eco-tourism in his home state Bihar and went on to call for a breach of privilege motion, earning applaud from Opposition benches.

 

Rudy said during Question Hour that for the past three years, he had been pursuing a proposal to promote ecotourism in Bihar but every time officials turn him away citing a new rule of law.

Then, BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini stood up and blamed the government for not taking steps for developing of Mathura, Vrindavan and the adjoining areas under the tourism ministry’s proposal to promote the Krishna circuit.

 

 

 

CANADA PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR INDIANS UP 51% IN 2 YEARS

 

And before we head to International news, it seems, more Indians are quitting New India and heading towards Canada.

Interest among the Indian diaspora, including those based in the US, to acquire permanent residency in Canada continues unabated. During 2018, almost 39,700 Indians obtained permanent residency in Canada under the Express Entry system, constituting 43% of the total figure.

The number of Indian citizens to be awarded permanent residency has increased by 51% over two years.

China slipped to No. 3 behind Nigeria with only about 5,800 people obtaining permanent residency.

And a quick round up of International news, since we don’t have much time left we have very little for you on that.

 

 

RUSSIA’s RT AND SPUTNIK BARRED FROM MEDIA CONFERENCE ON MEDIA FREEDOM

 

Russia’s RT and Sputnik news organisations have been banned by the Foreign Office from attending a global conference on media freedom in London because of their “active role in spreading disinformation”.

 

 

SWISS FIGHTER JET DISPLAY TEAM ARRIVE AT THE WRONG EVENT

 

In other news, a Swiss aerial display team has performed a fly-by over the wrong town, surprising people at a yodelling festival taking place nearby.

The Patrouille Suisse was due to fly over Langenbruck to honour the centenary of a Swiss flying pioneer.

But instead, the team flew over the nearby town of Mümliswil, which was hosting the 31st Northwest Yodelling Festival.

 

 

 

WHEN AN OLYMPIAN SWIMMER WAS NEARBY TO SAVE A NEWLY WED FROM DROWNING

 

That is all that I have for you for today. If you are in Mumbai or in flooding water, you can only wish you were as lucky as Andrea Benedetto who was drowning off a Sardinian beach on Sunday. Lucky for him, there was an Olympic swimmer nearby.

 

 

 


Wishing you a happy, healthy, productive and a safe day ahead. Until tomorrow, goodbye from takeapart.in

 

 

 

 

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