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Snowden Slams Indian Govt For Case Against Journalist Who Exposed Aadhaar Breach



[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Government of India has attracted criticism internationally for going after the press for exposing breach in security of Aadhaar data base, with the high profile American whistleblower Edward Snowden joining in.

Snowden said that the journalist exposing the breach should be given an award instead of being investigated by authorities. He added that the government, if it was concerned about justice, would reform its policy that “destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians.”

He said instead of prosecuting the journalist, the government should penalise the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for the alleged leak.

The deputy director of the UIDAI, the agency executing the Aadhaar project, had filed an FIR with the Crime Branch’s cyber cell under IPC Sections 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document), as well Section 66 of the IT Act and Section 36/37 of the Aadhaar Act.

“The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,” Snowden tweeted.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Earlier, in response to a tweet from Security editor for ZDNet at CBS, Zack Whittaker,  Snowden had tweeted that the Aadhaar database conceived and introduced by the Indian government can also be misused and abused.

“It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse,” he’d said.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Whittaker had said, “ICYMI. India has a national ID database with the private information of nearly 1.2 billion nationals. It’s reportedly been breached. Admin accounts can be made and access can be sold to the database, reports BuzzFeed.” (ICYMI = in case you missed it)[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who leaked a trove of secret files to news organizations in 2013 that exposed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA). The leak created a furore, sending shockwaves through the system an made him an internationally known figure almost overnight. He has been advocating privacy rights since then.

The UIDAI, that operates the world’s largest biometric identity card scheme, was left red-faced following a report in The Tribune that claimed an agent on Whatsapp could provide unrestricted access to any Aadaar number for a paltry sum of Rs 500.

The UIDAI response was typical of one caught out. After the report appeared, the UIDAI had in a statement said that there “has not been any Aadhaar data breach”.

“The Aadhaar data, including biometric information, is fully safe and secure,” it had said, adding, “There has not been any data breach of the biometric database, which remains fully safe and secure with the highest encryption at UIDAI and a mere display of demographic information cannot be misused without biometrics.”

It then went and filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, specifically asking for a First Information Report to be filed against the agents mentioned in the story, as well as Khaira, the reporter and the Tribune. Ultimately, the police registered an FIR against unknown persons.

On Sunday, after coming under fire from all over including journalists’ bodies and Opposition parties, UIDAI claimed that it was “duty bound to disclose all the details of the case”, insisting that this should not “be viewed as UIDAI targeting the media or the whistle-blower or ‘shooting the messenger’.”

The Aadhaar scheme was introduced in 2009 to streamline welfare payments and reduce wastage in public spending. Since then, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been keen to mandate the use of Aadhaar for everything from filing income taxes to the registration of mobile phone numbers and booking railway tickets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Ensure nutrition supplement ad wins hearts, Tweeple say video taught them a lot | WATCH

In this era of ads where some advertisements are really praised for their inclusivity while the others are being criticised, Ensure (an American brand of nutritional supplements) have also come up with a very heart touching advertisement in this festive season.



Ensure nutrition supplement ad

By Tarannum

In this era of ads where some advertisements are really praised for their inclusivity while the others are being criticised, Ensure (an American brand of nutritional supplements) have also come up with a very heart touching advertisement in this festive season.

The video is on fleek and it’s being liked and shared by people a lot on social media, soon it came out. Tweeple are appreciating and twitting this viral video with good compliments.

In this inspiring advertisement, we can see a man making a list of guests, asking her wife for one of his specific friends on the occasion of the festival but her wife denies informing him about the long list and work overload, the man then make her a cup of hot tea made of Ensure milk powder, saying that we should thank the people who took time for us when nobody did. This cute message is liked by the people and Twitter is flooded with appreciation posts with the hashtag StrongerInsideOut.

One person tweeted that this video taught him to come up front, help people and celebrate. Have a look :

The other Twitter user wrote about the amazing initiative of this video and appreciated this.


What is Ensure?

Ensure is an American for nutritional supplements and replacements for meals. This brand, Ensure is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories.

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Ensure Original contains 220 calories, six grams of saturated fat, 15 grams of sugar, and nine grams of protein in a 237-ml (8-fl oz) bottle. Water, corn maltodextrin, sugar, milk protein concentrate, canola oil, and soy protein isolate are the top six ingredients in Ensure original. For people with lactose intolerance can also take this as Ensure is considered lactose-free.

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Tip Tip Barsa Paani: Raveena Tandon or Katrina Kaif? Mohra star likes tweets hailing original song

Apart from the movie’s plot, Sooryavanshi is ruling the hearts of the audience with its peppy songs. Recently, the makers have dropped the remake of the iconic 90s song Tip Tip Barsa Paani that has been recreated by Katrina and Akshay.



By Tarannum

The much-awaited film from Rohit Shetty’s cop universe, Sooryavanshi hit the silver screens on November 5. Apart from the movie’s plot, the Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer is ruling the hearts of the audience with its peppy songs. Recently, the makers have dropped the remake of the iconic 90s song Tip Tip Barsa Paani that has been recreated by Katrina and Akshay.

The original Tip Tip Barsa Paani song from Mohra film was voiced by the singers, noted singers Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. It came out in the year 1994 wherein the audience had witnessed the sizzling chemistry between Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar.

Raveena Tandon likes tweets hailing original Tip Tip Barsa Paani

Soon after the song was released, fans started comparing it to the original song from the film Mohra, which featured Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar. The recreated version by Kat and Akki sent the mercury soaring and is receiving rave reviews, however, a section of fans had conflicting opinions about Katrina’s performance. While some of them admired her performance, others felt that it did not match the original version.

One of the fans tweeted that the original tip tip barsa pani is something else, that too in the early 90s. The Tip Tip Barsa Pani star has liked the tweets wherein the audience have praised the original version of the song.

Tip Tip song from Sooryavanshi

In the song, Katrina Kaif can be seen donning a silver metallic saree and her scintillating moves will surely make you fall head over heels in love with her. While Katrina is dancing in the rain, Akshay can be seen admiring her. The song has a carnival set up and has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi.

Watch the Tip Tip song here

In other news, Telugu actor Anushka Shetty gave a return gift to her fans on the occasion of her 40th birthday. The Baahubali star has announced her new project with Mahesh Babu P.

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Bheemla Nayak’s latest song out: Pawan Kalyan’s new power look in the lungi

Finally the wait is over, after a long time this new song Lala Bheemla has been released today. It is debuted by the filmmakers of the upcoming film Bheemla Nayak, which stars superstar Pawan Kalyan.



By Tarannum

Finally, the wait is over, after a long time this new song Lala Bheemla has been released today. It is debuted by the filmmakers of the upcoming film Bheemla Nayak, which stars superstar Pawan Kalyan.

Lala Bheemla is a song with such a high level of energy and music. The song is composed by S Thaman and released on the occasion of Trivikram’s birthday who is a lyricist and dialogue writer for the film.

Manobala Vijayabalan tweeted about the song release with the date, song name and the name of filmstar Pawan Kalyan.

The song is based on strong composition, intense lyrics, aggressive vocals, and hair-raising imagery which absolutely meets beyond the expectations.

It’s a treat to watch Pawan Kalyan dressed as a cop in a mass avatar in Lungi. The female dancers from Odisha in the background are also enhancing the mass appeal.

The fact that Trivikram Srinivas, who produced the film’s screenplay and dialogues, also wrote the song’s lyrics is intriguing. Because of his energetic singing, Arun Kaundinya totally changed the mood of the song which is an absolute game-changer.

If we talk about the production of the film, Naga Vamsi has produced the film under the company Sithara Entertainments. Fans of the actor Pawan Kalyan are amazed to hear this incredible song. Therefore, Bheemla Nayak is set to hit the theatres in Sankranthi 2022.

Nithya Menen also plays the lead role in Bheemla Nayak. S Thaman is in charge of the film’s musical score, while Ravi K. Chandran and Naveen Nooli are the cinematographer and editor, respectively.

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