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Using Aadhaar biometrics for forensics technically & legally not feasible: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India told the Delhi high court that it was not feasible to use Aadhaar biometrics for identification of dead individuals.
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What the Aadhaar Amendment Bill fails to address

Although on-point in certain aspects, the Aadhaar Bill is an underwhelming effort at reforming the structure of the programme.
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Evolution of Aadhaar shows it is a gamechanger, says Arun Jaitley

Instead of taking credit for Aadhaar, Congress lawyers challenged it in court and appeared as anti-technology, anti-Aadhaar faces.
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BJP’s incidental connections to ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’

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Gemalto ‘big’ apology came after UIDAI circular to suspend procurement of firm’s products

The global digital security giant provides the Aadhaar’s fingerprint scanner and iris scanner tools, as per its website.
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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.
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In Aadhaar, Supreme Court did not probe if it is a tool to track citizens

Not just privacy, but even on surveillance and excessive delegation, Supreme Court didn’t engage with the tough questions.
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97% Indians have Aadhaar, Assam is lagging behind due to ‘illegal immigration’ issue

Of 36 states and UTs, 25 record a 100% coverage; Modi govt has made Aadhaar the basis of all its welfare schemes.
An individual records fingerprints as part of the biometric data collection for Aadhaar | Commons

Only the government seems to have won the Aadhaar battle in the Supreme Court

There’s a lesson for all techno -- utopians- anything that creates centralised power might be eventually taken over by bureaucrats.
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The middle ground on Aadhaar still eludes us

Aadhaar debate isn’t over yet. The government must improve its implementation if it wants to save the project’s credibility.

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Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

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Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.