Date:- 23rd Feb 2018
HIOMETRIC DATA IN STATE HUBS DESTROYED: UIDAI (GS—2 – Govt schemes)
The Supreme Court was informed by council for Gujarat government that all biometric details stored in the State Resident Data Hubs (SRDH) have been destroyed after the Aadhaar Act came into force in 2016.
The statement was made on behalf of the UIDAI’s before a five-judge Constitution bench headed by the Chief Justice of India which is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act.
The council has made the statement denying allegations from the petitioners that data collected by the SRDH prior to the enactment of the law was still being maintained and shared with private persons by states.
The Aadhaar Act of 2016 does not allow biometrics to be stored with State-level authorities as a precaution to prevent leakages. Details are now stored only in the Central Identities Data Registry (CIDR).
SRDH was started at the state level as a repository of UIDAI data of residents, along with their demographic data and photographs. It was meant to enable various departments to verify and weed out erroneous and fictitious data from their records.
PNB adopts strict SWIFT controls (GS 3 Banking)
The state-run Punjab National Bank has stepped up its controls on the use of global payments network SWIFT following an alleged Rs 11,300 crore fraud.
PNB has also created a unit called “Treasury Division Mumbai” for re-authorization of most messages sent over SWIFT by branches.
PNB earlier has revealed the country’s biggest loan fraud where its Mumbai branch issued unauthorized “letters of undertaking” (LOU) via SWIFT, for firms linked to a billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.
SWIFT stands for Society for Worldwide Inter-bank Financial Telecommunications and has commenced operation in 1974 when seven global financial institutions constituted a cooperative society for transferring financial messages securely.
SWIFT is a messaging system that enables banks and financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions via encrypted codes making the transactions secure and swift (fast). It is used by banks, brokerage institutions, trading houses, securities dealers, etc..
PAKISTANI ACTION ON TERRORISTS SUPERFICIAL: U.S. (GS 2 IR)
US officials branded steps taken by Pakistan against terrorists as reversible, superficial, and steps that we have actually seen them take in the past, in periods of high pressure
This statements are in line with The Donald Trump administration’s disatisfaction with the measures taken by Pakistan in recent months to crack down on terrorist groups.
US has put the onus on Pakistan to create conditions conducive for talks and improvement in relations between the two nations
Ever since MR. Trump’s presidency US has been exerting unprecedented pressure on Pakistan to get control of the situation in the country that brews cross border terrorism
The Trump administration has claimed that they have zero tolerance towards terrorism and terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan.
The CBI on Thursday have busted an international racket involved in child pornography.
The main administrator of the WhatsApp group, where the child pornography videos were allegedly circulated has been arrested, said CBI officials.
About Child pornography
Child pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation. And Child Pornography is becoming much bigger problem than often understood.
Today there are hundreds of millions of digital images of child porn on the Internet accessible to people around the world
The subjection to child pornography can have devastating physical, social, and psychological effects on children. The children portrayed in child pornography are first victimized when their abuse is perpetrated and recorded. They are further victimized each time that record is accessed
In India accessing, producing, recording, uploading or circulating child abuse videos or picture are serious offences under Information Technology Act and attract a punishment up to seven years and a fine of Rs 10 lakh
Agencies like Interpol & CBI are taking necessary steps to block sites related to child pornography
Country’s first ever hotline to curb sexual abuse of children through Internet & to remove child pornographic content online.
- Khajuraho dance festival, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, is a one-week festival of classical dances held annually against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit Khajuraho temples in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh
- It will showcase classical dances, including Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniattam to name a few. Modern Indian contemporary dance forms were added in the festival in the recent times.
- The Khajuraho temples, built by the Chandela dynasty between 950 AD and 1050 AD, are world-wide known for their erotic sculptures.