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Daily Current Events by Civils360 November 21, 2017

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Aadhaar data were never breached: UIDAI: Read Here

  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Monday denied breach or leak of Aadhaar data. It was responding to reports that over 200 government websites had displayed Aadhaar-related data of beneficiaries.
  • “The data on these websites were placed in the public domain as a measure of proactive disclosure under the RTI Act by these government and institutional websites which included beneficiaries’ name, address, bank account, and other details, including Aadhaar number, and were collected from the third party/users for various welfare schemes,” it said.
  • “It was this collected info which had been displayed in the public domain under the RTI Act. There was no breach or leakage of Aadhaar data from the UIDAI database or server as has been aired by the said report,” it added.
  • The UIDAI and the Ministry of Electronics & IT had directed the government departments and the Ministries to remove immediately the data from their websites, it said.
  • The UIDAI clarified that Aadhaar was not a secret number. It was to be shared with authorised agencies when an Aadhaar holder wishes to get a service or benefit of government schemes or services.

‘Disclosing marks not an infringement of privacy’: Read Here

  • The Rajasthan Information Commission has directed the State Public Service Commission to disclose the marks obtained by candidates selected in the State service examinations. The commission ruled that the exam scores being made public does not infringe upon the candidates’ right to privacy.

  • This would help maintain transparency in the recruitment process, stated the Commission.

  • The Information Commission also ruled that the details of final marks of candidates selected in the public service examinations could be obtained through applications filed under the RTI Act. “The candidates declared unsuccessful have a right to know where they had lacked while competing with others,” it said.

Let censors decide on Padmavati: SC: Read Here

  • A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said the Supreme Court cannot stop a statutory body like the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from doing its statutory duty of certifying a film by “prematurely” ordering a stay on its release.

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Inflation will rise further, says RBI: Read Here

  • “In the MPC’s [monetary policy committee] assessment, inflation will likely rise from current levels in the rest of the year, with farm loan waivers and the implementation of pay and allowance revisions by States a la the Centre, posing upside risks,” Mr. Patra said in his speech on the first anniversary of formation of the monetary policy committee. Consumer price based inflation accelerated to 3.58% in October, its fastest pace in seven months.

  • The October monetary policy of the RBI marks the first year of the monetary policy committee from October 2016, when a six-member committee began deciding on interest rates — a departure from the earlier practice of the RBI governor taking the final call.

  • Mr. Patra said the committtee regarded the first estimates of kharif production (lower than last year’s level and this year’s target) and the GST roll-out as early, but transitory, setbacks.He said it believed that agricultural activity would improve hereon and termed business optimism expressed by firms on prospects for the October-December quarter as reassuring.

Global meet: tech disruption to be focus: Read Here

  • The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), a premier global forum that is to be held for the first time in India, at Hyderabad in February 2018, will focus on the technology-led disruption taking place in the industry. In doing so, it would also take a peek into the road ahead.
  • With ‘Amplify Digital: Disrupt the Core’ as the theme, the 22nd edition of the conference would showcase latest trends, technologies, use cases and strategic discussions on building the digital future. It is being organised alongside Nasscom’s India Leadership Forum, which is also coming to the City of Pearls for the first time.