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Modi govt tells EC it will amend laws to link Aadhaar with voter IDs to enable remote voting

Govt assures poll watchdog it will soon take the proposal to Cabinet for approval as this would require amendments to Representation of People’s Act.
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Supreme Court seeks Centre’s reply on plea against use of Aadhaar data by private companies

The Supreme Court is hearing a plea against amendments to the law allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity to open bank accounts and get mobile phone connections.

Cabinet okays changes to make Aadhaar optional for new bank accounts, mobile connections

The Cabinet approved changes to the Telegraph Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to make Aadhaar-linking optional.
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UIDAI plans to set up Aadhaar Seva Kendras at the cost of Rs 300-400 crore

The project is in addition to UIDAI’s 30,000 centres and will cover 53 cities across India to offer enrolment and updation, among other services.

Modi govt should find a way for private firms to use Aadhaar for KYC purposes

It may be feasible for govt to own and operate a KYC utility. That way, India could balance the concerns of privacy and trust.

Our privacy can’t be stripped for right to life: What lone dissenting judge said on Aadhaar Act

The minority judgment on Aadhaar Act, penned by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud of the Supreme Court, flagged the lack of limits set for UIDAI.

The lazy person’s guide to the Supreme Court’s landmark Aadhaar judgment

The Supreme Court's majority judgment on the Aadhaar Act held that the unique identification system did not create a surveillance state.
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Aadhaar verdict is a criticism of the way Indian engineers look at world

An engineer, who was part of UIDAI’s Aadhaar project, says there is a sobering and profound learning in Supreme Court’s judgment.

Were Indian activist-elites using poor to oppose Aadhaar or were their concerns genuine?

The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled in favour of Aadhaar, putting to rest a hotly-contested debate on its constitutional validity and issues of privacy. However, it amended several sections of the Aadhaar Act. ThePrint asks: Were Indian activist-elites using poor to oppose Aadhaar or were their concerns genuine? https://youtu.be/rYvkk4U-RFo Judgment pours cold water on any hope privacy wallahs had of removing scrutiny on taxes Kanchan Gupta Political commentator The Left-liberal elite has a perverse understanding of privacy. Data, including biometrics, which they do not want to share with the government of India, they are happy to share with foreign governments, some of whom run totalitarian regimes. It makes little sense in this day and age to talk about privacy when every app on your smartphone is constantly mining your private data. But then, neither the case challenging the validity of Aadhaar nor Wednesday’s judgment by the Supreme Court deals with the future and the enormous challenges...
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5 key takeaways from Supreme Court’s Aadhaar judgment

From bar on private companies to allowing citizens the right to redress a breach, Supreme Court has put in restrictions in use of Aadhaar. 

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Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

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Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.