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Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
Protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Assam Accord panel chairperson writes to MHA, says committee is ‘defunct’

Bezbarauah’s comments come in the wake of several other members expressing their reservations regarding the committee constituted on 5 January
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Inquiry reports on 13 communal riots since 1961 ‘not available’, CIC seeks MHA report

The CIC was hearing a plea by RTI activist Anjali Bhardwaj who sought to know information on complete reports of various inquiry commissions on communal riots.
IT rules

MHA snoop order & bid to amend IT rules: China-like clampdown or tracking unlawful content?

An MHA order last week authorised 10 government agencies to scan data on computers. This was followed by the Modi government's proposal to amend the Information Technology rules for social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to "proactively identify, remove or disable access to unlawful information or content" in order to curb fake news online. ThePrint asks: MHA snoop order & bid to amend IT rules: China-like clampdown or tracking unlawful content? Surveillance unites governments that are otherwise divergent Mishi Choudhary Technology lawyer and managing partner, Mishi Choudhary & Associates The desire to control is universal and shared by all political parties. Technological developments now offer unparalleled ability to control and watch. Surveillance unites governments that are otherwise divergent and may adhere to different political philosophies. A population that is conscious of being watched quickly turns into a fearful, compliant one monitoring and checking their own behaviours. The mere existence of mass surveillance programmes...
Havelock island in the Andamans | Commons

Modi govt to give Indian names to 3 Andaman islands

Govt to rename Ross, Neil & Havelock islands as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep respectively in tribute to the freedom fighter.
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Centre extends AFSPA for 6 months in 3 districts of Arunchal Pradesh

Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared 'disturbed' under AFSPA New Delhi: The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and its eight police station areas bordering Assam by another six months, in view of continuing activities of banned insurgent groups of the Northeast. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared "disturbed" areas under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958. "Now, therefore, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as 'disturbed area' under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to March 31, 2019 w.e.f. October...
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After warning WhatsApp, Modi govt asks states to be alert & prevent lynchings

Fake news propagated through social media has taken a bloody turn in India, with one such rumour leading to at least 29 deaths. New Delhi: The home ministry (MHA) has asked states and union territories (UTs) to take strict measures to prevent lynchings triggered by social media rumours. The directive follows at least 29 deaths across the country in lynchings triggered by a single WhatsApp rumour – seeking to warn readers about ‘child-lifters’ – over the past year. States and UTs have also been asked to keep a watch on this particular rumour. “The ministry of home affairs has urged them to keep a watch for early detection of such rumours…so effective measures can be initiated to counter them,” an MHAofficial said. The advisory has also asked the states and UTs to task district administrations with identifying areas vulnerable to such incidents and conducting community outreach programmes to create awareness and build confidence. “Most of these areas where...
Soldiers guard a street during curfew in Shillong | PTI

Meghalaya DGP says security to be tightened in some Shillong localities

The government has approved deployment of six additional companies of paramilitary forces in Shillong, adds Meghalaya DGP S.B. Singh.
RFID

No RFID cards for journalists as govt says tracking proposal ‘impractical’, ‘not feasible’

Flags cost issues, says could damage heritage buildings; PIB proposal had sparked fears that govt wanted to track journalists.
News channels started to celebrate BJP's victory even before the party proved its majority

Red tape is preventing 130 new TV channels from reaching India’s homes

I&B ministry has issued just 6 licences in 9 months, and is playing bureaucratic football with the home ministry and the cabinet secretariat on clearances.

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ram madhav

Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
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Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.