Data bill lets agencies snoop over security

Editor

The provision – which some analysts described as “blanket surveillance� – finds a place in the Personal Data Protection Bill, and is a departure from the draft bill prepared by the Justice BN Srikrishna committee that was tasked with creating the architecture of India’s much-awaited personal data protection legislation.

Over 600 artistes, activists, ex-judges oppose CAB

Editor

About 600 artistes, writers, academicians, ex-judges and former bureaucrats have asked the government to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, terming it is “discriminatory, divisive”, and violative of the secular principles enshrined in the Constitution. The signatories include Romila Thapar, Amitav Ghosh, Nandita Das, Aparna Sen, Anand Patwardhan, among others.

Govt hits back as 2 US panels flay bill, NRC

Editor

Passage of the CAB in Lok Sabha attracted attention and criticism of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a quasi-government body that has repeatedly irked New Delhi with what the latter sees as gratuitous inferences on developments in India, and the Democrat-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC).