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IMF & World Bank are weapons of war: John Pilger

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IMF & World Bank are weapons of war, by John Pilger

WAR BY OTHER MEANS

Privacy on test

Note: Privacy is on test even in India the matter of UID/aadhaar, NPR, NATGRID and NCTC. Gopal Krishna Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL) Privacy on test R.K. RAGHAVAN The proposed new law in the U.K. that will permit the monitoring of all Internet traffic, ostensibly to combat terrorism, raises hackles over the right to privacy. LAI SENG SIN/AP British Prime Minister David Cameron. The new law that his government has proposed, on tapping Internet traffic, is in addition to the existing power to listen in on telephone calls. THE 9/11 attacks in the United States undeniably changed our lives in many ways. As a direct consequence of that monumental catastrophe, the U.S. and many other countries rightly became paranoid about security. This affected individuals as well as organisations, causing them considerable inconvenience and loss of freedom in going about their daily chores. Accompanying this obsession with security was the conviction that all communication, in any for…

Plblic Meeting on UID:Blueprint of A Surveillance State?

Public Meeting UID:Blueprint of A Surveillance State? For Corporate Interests OR Public Welfare? Speakers Dr Edgar Whitley, London School of Economics (LSE), Co-author, “Global Challenges for Identity Policies” Whose Report Led to the Nation-wide Campaign and Scrapping of the Biometric-based National Identity Scheme in Britain Usha Ramanathan, Independent law researcher and noted jurist and Gopal Krishna, Independent Researcher , Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties Date: 21.04.12 Venue: Mahi-Mandavi Mess, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi Time: 9.30pm aisa

Link Between Pakistan's NADRA, US & Indian policy on RFID for vehicles & UID/Aadhaar

Press Release

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for vehicles linked to Pakistan's National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) & UID/Aadhaar Initiatives

An act of “illegitimate advances of the (police) state” and businesses

USA's Dept of Defence has adopted RFID too

New Delhi 18/4/2012: Unmindful of the fact that such technologies are facing bitter resistance in several countries including USA, Union Surafe Transport & Highways Ministry has given a go ahead for the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based Electronic Toll Collection as per the recommendation of a committee headed by Nandan Manohar Nilkeni, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Planning Commission. The report is attached. It has come to light that country's first RFID technology based electronic toll plaza will be inaugurated in Panchkula, Haryana on April 19, 2012.

There was protest against RFID during the UN World Summit on the Information So…

UID: Worthwhile Effort? Many countries have rejected it

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http://www.dayandnightnews.com/2012/04/watch-prime-debate-uid-worthwhile-effort/

NCTC and UID/Aadhaar projects, threat to Citizens’ Rights & States’ Autonomy

Press Release

NCTC and UID/Aadhaar projects, threat to Citizens’ Rights & States’ Autonomy

Punjab & Haryana Must Stop Collection of Citizens’ Biometric Data

Govt overwhelmed by marketing blitzkrieg of surveillance, biometric, communication technology companies & international financial institutions

April 16, 2012 Chandigarh- The Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar project is a project that has no support in law.

The collection of biometrics under the project to create a National Population Register (NPR) is illegal. This has been underlined by the report of India’s Parliamentary Standing on Finance. There are good reasons why countries like the UK, Australia, Philippines and China have rejected UID/Aadhaar and NPR-like projects, but these seem to have escaped the attention of the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh which are implementing them in pursuance of the MoUs they have signed with the Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI).

These projects are based on …

Press Conference on Harmful Relationship between National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar Number

Press Invite

Press Conference
on
Harmful Relationship between National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar Number

Over a dozen Chief Ministers, including the Punjab Chief Minister, are opposing NCTC. But why are they silent on Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar Number? Speakers will share their views on the link between the two. Additionally, the Illegality of MoUs of Central Government’s Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) with Governments of Punjab and Haryana will also be discussed.

Date: April 16, 2012

Time: 12.30 AM

Venue: Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27

Speakers: Dr. Usha Ramanathan, Noted Jurist, New Delhi,

Gopal Krishna, Member, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), New Delhi

The conference will be followed by lunch.

In the aftermath of Report of Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Finance on UID/Aadhaar and biometric data collection, the allocation made for it in the Union Budget 2012-13 is an autocratic exercise that must…

Parliamentary Committee’s deadline for Planning Commission’s reply on questionable UID/aadhaar and related projects

To

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Chairman
Planning Commission
Government of India
Yojana Bhavan
Sansad Marg
New Delhi -110 001

Subject- Parliamentary Committee’s deadline for Planning Commission’s reply on questionable UID/aadhaar and related projects

Sir,

I wish to draw your attention towards two news reports ‘House panel raps Planning Comm for breach of trust on new UID law’ (The Pioneer, 30 MARCH 2012, SEEMA SINDHU) and ‘Rein in the bureaucracy if you want us to deliver, perform: private sector stars in govt let PM know’ (Indian Express, March 30 2012, P. Vaidyanathan Iyer).

I submit that the Planning Commission has breached the trust by the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Finance. The Parliamentary Committee has raised grave concerns on the proposal of the Unique Identification (UID)/Aadhaar and collection of biometric data of the citizens without legal mandate in its report National Identification Authority of India (NIDAI) Bill, 2010 that has been presented to both the houses of Parliament …