Pakistan plans to build dams on Indus River

On Thursday V. K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs said in a written reply in  Rajya Sabha, Pakistan has decided to construct water dams with on the Indus River with the help of China.

The Indian Government has issues demarches to both Beijing and Islamabad over the new construction. The demarche states that the construction is void and it will violate India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as V.K Singh informed the Rajya Sabha

V.K Singh said, “”India has a clear and consistent position that these territories are illegally occupied by Pakistan and that any collaborative activity there is in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”.

In addition, he also told, “accordingly, we have made demarches to both Pakistan and China conveying the position. The government will continue to maintain this position.”
However, Pakistan is abided to follow the Indus water Treaty signed with India. The treaty gives both the countries equal distribution of river water. Recently India has been engaged in border issues with China and on the other side, Pakistan has elected its new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.




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Pakistan new cabinet in place with new PM Abbasi Presiding

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s cabinet was sworn in on August 4, 2017Friday. The ceremony for the 46 members strong cabinet was held at the Presidency in Islamabad. While 46 members were supposed to be sworn in, it was reported by Xinhuanet that only 43 members of the cabinet turned up.  The oaths were administered by President, Mammon Hussain.

There are new and old faces to the cabinet. However, there have been numerous reshuffling. Khawaja Muhammad Asif has been given the office of the country’s foreign minister. Ahsen Iqbal is given the charge of the interior ministry of the Prime Minister. The new cabinet includes six new federal and 12 state ministers.

The new members are Khurram Dastagair as the Defence minister, Pervaiz Malik as the Minister for Commerce. Ishaq Dar has retained his former position as the Finance Minister.

Arshad Laghari is the State minister for industries and production and Junaid Anwar, the state minister for communication.

Following the oath taking session, the new Prime Minister will preside over the first session of the cabinet.




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Aadhar Data leaked, software engineer accused

Our Aadhar details are promised to be kept secured with the government of India. After numerous breeches and data leaks, yet again a software development engineer working in Ola’s head office at Koramangala was arrested on account of misusing Aadhar data obtained without authentication.

A complaint was filed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) against Abhinav Srivastav (31), an IIT Kharagpur graduate who is accused of hacking into the data repository of UIDAI, gaining access through the e-hospital server, an initiative by the Government of India.

The complaint to the police was made on 26th July, which stated that Srivastav had accessed the data without authorization between January 1  and July 26 via an app called ‘eKYC Verification’.

The app is developed by an entity linked to a start-up Quarth Technologies, which is acquired by taxi service giant Ola. The app provided demographic details to users, it had 50,000 downloads. Srivastav had already earned Rs. 40,000 through advertisements.

After hacking into the server, he used it to send verification requests to the UIDAI database for his own app. The UIDAI system allowed access under the impression that the authentication requests were from the e-hospital system hence not unauthorized,’’ a police source said. Investigations proceed to confirm if the app he developed was used in any form by Ola.

The e-hospital app, hosted on the cloud services of NIC, facilitates online appointments at hospitals using eKYC data of Aadhaar number, if patient’s mobile number is registered with UIDAI, if not it uses the patient’s name. Srivastava’s eKYC Verification app mimicked the e-hospital app in accessing the identity authentication services of UIDAI.



Uber leases out over a thousand defective cars to drivers in Singapore

Uber, the US ride-hailing giant, has the reputation of being “a dumpster fire” owing to their tendency of hurdling from one crisis to another. They are now facing an actual fire disaster with one of the recalled Honda Vezels, they purchased and rented out, bursting into flames, according to The Verge.

 Wall Street Journal reported Uber purchasing over thousand Honda Vezels which they leased to Singapore drivers, despite Honda recalling this model due to defective electrical components. Unfortunately, for Uber, one of these cars caught fire, melting the dashboard and windshield. Luckily, neither the passengers nor the driver, Koh Seng Tian, was hurt in this distressing incident.

Uber, in a statement to CNET, said, “As soon as we learned of a Honda Vezel from the Lion City Rental fleet catching fire, we took swift action to fix the problem, in close coordination with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority as well as technical experts. But we acknowledge we could have done more – and we have done so.” They have now established strict protocols and appointed three experts to guarantee a responsive system for safety recalls.

Co-Founder and ex-CEO, Travis Kalanick was pressured into stepping down in June with regard to the tumultuous year 2017 has been for Uber. His resignation was a result of US Attorney General, Eric Holder investigating sexual harassment claims against him. The inspection resulted in a recommendation of changing senior leadership in the company.

Sources – GadgetsNDTV, The Verge

Aadhar mandatory for death registration post October 1

The Union Government has mandated that starting October 1, the aadhar number of the expired person is mandatory to register his death at both burning ghats and graveyards. The states of Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam have been barred from the notification and a separate date will be notified to them later.

If the person, does not possess an aadhar then a separate certificate will be produced at the spot of registration, stating that the person deceased lacks an aadhar number as to the best of his or her knowledge. Any false declaration will be treated as an offense according to the guidelines of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1967.

All departments regarding birth and death registration of state governments along with union territories have been notified.

This is implemented to ensure that identity fraud is minimized, as per the statement released by Registrar General of India. It is also hoped that it will increase accuracy of information and faster dealings in that event of crisis for the family.

The State Governments must revert back to the Centre, within September 1, updating their state of preparedness to embrace the new system.

News Source: Hindu, Times of India

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44 Congress members airlifted fearing poaching by the BJP

Ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha elections on August 8, the Congress is making a last ditch effort in an attempt to save face in the upcoming elections. This is evident from the late night airlift on Friday of 44 legislators from Gujarat to Karnataka by Congress to prevent any further defections or poaching by the BJP. The arrangements were made by Karnataka CM and party member Siddaramaiah.

For the elections, Congress has fielded veteran Ahmed Patel as their candidate in the Rajya Sabha and even after applying these political strategies it’s highly unlikely that Patel will win the elections.

In the last two days, six Congress MLAs have tendered their resignations. Three of them, including Balwantsinh Rajput, joined the BJP and was made its Rajya Sabha candidate within minutes of joining, alongside Amit Shah and Smriti Irani. In the 182-member Assembly, the strength of Congress has gone down to 51 from 57.

It is also predicted that more members are likely to leave the Congress in the near future. The members of the Congress either leave by free will, are suspended or have their term expiring soon. Ahmed Patel’s term in the Rajya Sabha is ending on August 18. Also, recently in the Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended six Congress Lok Sabha MPs for five days after they behaved unruly. It was yet another blow to the Congress party.

The future of Congress seems weak and the further exodus impending. The party can no longer hide its mis-governance by picking points on the opposition.


Sources: The Hindu, TOI

Dubai’s Torch Tower catches fire again

In the early hours of August 4, a massive fire broke out in the 84-story Torch tower of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. No casualties were reported, and the Dubai Civil Defense brought the blaze under control by 3.30 a.m.  According to Reuters, a resident said “It was very bad. The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 am. Then it started calming down over the next two hours.”

The actual cause of the fire is not is not known yet, but the external padding, which can be flammable in specific circumstances is being considered as the source of it. As per reports, a majority of Dubai’s 250 high-rise buildings use cladding panels with combustible thermoplastic cores.

A similar incident occurred in February 2015, where the same 79-storey building, which accommodates expatriate residents of the city, was devastated by a fire.

Owing to a series of fire mishaps in the Emirates, Dubai announced stringent rules to minimize fire risks, in January 2017. UAE has revised its building safety stating that cladding required on all new buildings over 15 meters tall should be fire-resistant, but older buildings were exempt from it.

Sources – The Telegraph, CNN