Golden Chariot flies again without NOC

Golden Chariot flies again without NOC Tuesday, March 28, 2017 By Raju Vernekar In a classic case of apathy, the inspection carried out by the State Energy Department, into a fire that broke out at the Golden Chariot Hotel, located at Hub Mall, Goregaon East, in December last year, has remained on paper and the hotel has resumed normal operations despite the fire brigade revoking an NOC granted to it. The hotel was gutted by a…

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Unlawful to make Aadhaar mandatory

Recently, I attempted a tweetstorm on why I think the 2016 Aadhaar Act does not override, or render useless, the orders passed in Oct 2015 by the Supreme Court. I argued that all of the recent notifications by various central government authorities making Aadhaar mandatory to avail the respective service of those authorities, are in manifest violation of the Supreme Court’s orders.   This post is to explain those points in a little more detail and…

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Derrick Thomas raises important questions about misuse of Aadhaar by terrorists or illegal immigrants

This post has been based on a series of tweets by Derrick Thomas on Twitter. The first few tweets are embedded in the post. If you are on Twitter, please do go through the whole thread. The funny thing about Aadhaar based mobile verification is that it enables terrorists to get a legal mobile connection without any fuss. All you need is an Aadhaar card and you can get as many mobile phone connections as you…

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The War On Doctors

Contrary to the belief that the ever increasing attacks on doctors in India are isolated, much has to do with the deteriorating situation of law & order, crumbling public health infrastructure and evangelization of vigilantes. According to the Indian Medical Association, 75% of doctors in India have faced violence. Although we don’t have any data for Maharashtra, from my experience, I could say almost every resident doctor in a Government hospital has either been abused…

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Problems with Aadhaar card – it can provide utility or security, not both

Guest post by @St_Hill examines some problems in the use of Aadhaar where the use of the UIDAI authentication goes beyond what it was designed for and compromises the privacy or security or both of users. However, stopping use that compromises security would mean much reduced adoption of Aadhaar. Most debates around UIDAI and Aadhaar focus on privacy concerns, security of the database and on the legality of making Aadhaar mandatory. Even if these three…

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