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nation hindustantimes 06 H I N D U STA N T I M E S , N E W D E L H I M O N DAY, F E B R U A RY 1 1 , 2 0 1 9 Delhi poll panel issues alert on ‘misleading calls’ › KCR govt suspends collector over EVM tampering charge frompageone Modi I do agree Naidu is senior to me but only in patronising defections, back-stabbing his fatherin-law NT Rama Rao, and in corruption and telling lies THE GOVT RECENTLY RESTRICTED FOREIGN E-COMMERCE FIRMS FROM SELLING PRODUCTS OF COMPANIES IN WHICH THEY HAD A STAKE IN EY India partner and national leader, e-commerce and consumer internet, Ankur Pahwa said, “Data privacy is an important global subject that all companies need to consider seriously and stringently comply with”.
“Considering the vast user data available with various e-commerce companies ranging from financial to health, personal preferences etc., it is important that there are regulations in place to maintain checks and balances. Aspects such as storage of user data to be maintained in India, national encryption policy, centralised e-commerce regulator, two-factor authentication for payments, Internet of Things (IOT) regulations, restriction on data portability, data sharing are critical aspects under discussion in the policy,” he added.
Some of these aspects will have an impact e-commerce companies, given the data storage infrastructure is not very well developed in India and may turn out to be an expensive exercise to carry out, he said.
Another important aspect under consideration is providing the government access to user data; the data protection bill will define the extent to which the state can use data without consent (of users). This issue continues to be a red flag for privacy advocates, he added.
The process of framing an e-commerce policy started in 2013-14 through a discussion paper prepared by the erstwhile Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, now renamed the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal trade.
Later, a think tank was constituted on the ‘Framework for National Policy on e-commerce’ by the department of commerce for preparing recommendations for India’s national policy on e-commerce. The first meeting of the think tank was held on April 24, 2018.
Based on its recommendations, the department of commerce formulated a draft policy document, “Electronic Commerce in India: Draft National Policy Framework,” after consulting various stakeholders in July last year.
Minister of state for commerce and industry CR Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha on December 24 that the Economic Survey 2017-18 estimated the e-commerce market in India at $33 billion. should thank the protesters for keeping an evil eye off me my with black balloons”.
Chief minister Naidu is preparing ground for a grand show of Opposition parties in the national capital, backed by 22 non-national Democratic Alliance (NDA) parties, with a 12-hour relay fast on Sunday over the Centre’s denial of special status to the state. Modi, however, said it is only worth a photo session.
Congress l e a der Janga Gautam took a strong objection at Modi claiming to be a chowkidar of the country. “In fact, he is a chowkidar of looters like Nirav Modi and the king of the corporates like Anil Ambani’s Reliance tainted in Rafale scam”. Gautam dared Modi to prove his honesty by accepting the Opposition’s demand for a joint parliamentary committee on the aircraft deal.
Tearing into Naidu, Modi said the “baap-beta sarkar” (son-father government) headed by Naidu in Andhra Pradesh will end after the 2019 polls. Naidu, he said, abdicated his commitment to turn his home state into a sunrise state with rapid industrialisation after the state was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and took a U-turn to favour his son Nara Lokesh to become rich.
Barring Jaganmohan Reddy’s Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress (YSRC) and actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, all non-nda parties put up a united show of protest against Modi’s visit. Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president N Raghuveera Reddy said the day the PM visited the state was a black day for Andhra Pradesh.
In an oblique reference to Naidu saying he called Modi “sir”, even though he was a “junior” in politics, to satisfy his ego just for the sake of his home state of Andhra Pradesh, Modi said, “I do agree Naidu is senior to me but only in patronising defections, back-stabbing his father-in-law NT Rama Rao, and in corruption and telling lies”.
While Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan, director general of police RP Thakur and chief secretary Anil Chandra Punetha received the Prime Minister at Gannavaram airport in keeping with the protocol, Naidu and his Cabinet chose not to do so.
In spite of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act providing a timeline of 10 years to implement bifurcation-related promises, the Srinivasa Rao Apparasu [email protected] n The Telangana government has ordered the suspension of Vikarabad collector and district magistrate, Syed Omar Jaleel, for allegedly tampering with electronic voting machines (EVMS) despite an election petition on the Vikarabad assembly constituency results pending in the high court.
The order followed a direction from the Election Commission (EC) of India, which acted on a petition filed by Telangana Congress leaders last week.
On February 1, the collector opened the strong room containing sealed EVMS pertaining to Vikarabad assembly constituency and unsealed as many as 122 EVMS on the pretext of inspecting their availability for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
This was despite a pending election petition on the outcome of assembly polls in Vikarabad in the high court. As per EC rules, the EVMS cannot be touched till the petition is disposed of.
In a letter to Telangana chief secretary S K Joshi, EC director Nikhil Kumar s ai d Jal e e l had resorted to unauthorised opening of some EVMS in the assembly constituency which was involved in an election petition.
“It is a clear and egregious vi o l a t i o n o f t he r ul e s a nd instructions of the commission,” he said.
Terming the officer’s action reckless and irresponsible, the EC official said it exposed the credibility and integrity of the election process in the said assembly constituency to avoidable doubts and aspersions.
The EC directed that Jaleel be suspended immediately and disciplinary proceedings be initiated against him. generated by users from various sources including e-commerce platforms, social media and search engines had to be stored only in India, he said. A draft of the Data Protection Bill, 2018, however, proposed hard localisation only for critical personal information, something that is yet to be defined, he said.
To protect the interests of domestic retailers, the government recently restricted foreign e-commerce marketplaces from selling products of companies in which they had a stake and prohibited them from forging any exclusive arrangement with vendors.
While the move was welcomed by about 70 million domestic traders and small shopkeepers, it invited severe criticisms from global investors and multinational companies.
The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM), an economic affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), is confident that the government will not succumb to international pressure. “I have faith that the government will protect the interests of the 7 crore domestic traders. I can say this about the BJP government with some confidence,” said Ashwani Mahajan, national co-convener of the SJM. The BJP is the political offshoot of the RSS.
Mahajan said the proposed e-commerce policy cannot contradict the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy on online trade, which was recently clarified and enforced from February 1. “Take it from me -- no government can make any policy which is good for a few and detrimental for the masses. If this happens, there will be severe political repercussions, whether election or no election.”
Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) national secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said: “The proposed e-commerce policy is in the favour of 7 crore (70 million) local traders and 30 crore (300 million) people whose livelihood is dependent on that. We are expecting the government to announce it (e-commerce policy) before February 25.” HYDERABAD: NARENDRA MODI, Prime Minister PM said he fulfilled almost all them within five years with a financial commitment of ~3 lakh crore.
“Our government sanctioned an Indian Institute of Technology [IIT] for Tirupati, Indian Institute of Management [IIM] at Visakhapatnam, All India Institute of Medical Sciences [AIIMS] at Magalagiri in Amaravati and Visakhapatnam-chennai industrial corridor. Yet, Naidu continued to deride me just to gloss over his misdeeds and misrule,” he said.
T Lakshminarayana, a political analyst, said that while the PM defended his party and his government’s track record for helping Andhra Pradesh, he did not address issues related to providing special status, a seperate railway zone, and other assurances made to the state. HT Correspondent What is the controversy? [email protected] n The chief electoral officer (CEO) of Delhi on Saturday alerted residents to guard against “misleading” phone calls in which they are told that their names had been deleted from the voters’ list and an offer to get them restored.
In a statement released on Saturday, CEO Ranbir Singh said the Election Commission of India (ECI) was the sole authority to add or delete names from electoral rolls and said legal action was being taken against people who have made such calls.
“It has been brought to notice of CEO of Delhi that large number of calls has been received from unknown persons / entities / sources by many citizens of Delhi telling them that their names have already been deleted in the electoral rolls and the caller(s) will get the same restored (sic),” said the statement.
The CEO’S clarification came a day after the BJP delegation led by Union minister Vijay Goel met the Chief Election Commissioner and alleged that the city’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had been making “bogus claims” that the names of three million voters had been deleted from the electoral roll s. The delegation requested a clarification.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said, “We welcome the Election Office clarification in the matter of phone calls being received by the people regarding removal of names from electoral rolls. The AAP should restrain from raising a baseless campaign of mass deletions in voter lists.”
The AAP has claimed that the BJP had been behind the “deletion” of the names of three million voters, particularly those from the Purvanchali, Muslim and Bania communities, since the assembly election in Delhi in 2015. Last month, the chief electoral officer of Delhi released a final NEWDELHI: The AAP has alleged that 24 lakh names have been deleted from the electoral rolls in Delhi and that the Election Commission is acting at the behest of BJP in shielding the act. The Delhi Chief Electoral Officer on Saturday said it has learnt that a number of calls is being received by people telling them that their names have been deleted from the list. The CEO warned citizens to not be misled by such calls. n BJP AAP “Kejriwal govt is making bogus phone calls to voters on the pretext that their names have been deleted from the list. The CM is spreading lies that BJP has deleted 30 lakh names belonging to Baniya, Muslims and Poorvanchali community.” “The EC gave the AAP a list of 24 lakh names that were deleted from the voter list in Delhi…
Why EC not allowing Delhi government to make enquiries into all deletions? … 22 lakh votes were deleted wrongly in Telangana…didn’t EC apologise?” VIJAY GOEL, ARVIND KEJRIWAL, Union minister CM Delhi CONGRESS “These phone calls to people living in slum clusters, who possibly could not check their names on the EC website, is absolutely condemnable. The AAP is doing this to create confusion.” E-commerce sonal data protection legislation.
According to the officials cited above, the government is apprehensive of the timing as the policies cannot please both foreign investors and local traders. It is cautious and evaluating various options, one of the officials said.
Key reasons for putting a comprehensive e-commerce policy in place include regulation of access to data that is one of the main elements for the success of an enterprise in the digital economy; protection of consumers ; promotion of domestic manufacturers; to check the misuse of dominant position by local or global online retailers; and provision of a legal framework , the first official added.
The e - c o mmerce pol i c y should be aligned with the data protection law, particularly for personally identifiable data, said Arun Prabhu , a partner at law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. A draft policy gave a reference to data as the oil of the digital economy and, in 2018, proposed a requirement for hard localisation whereby all data SHARMISTHA MUKHERJEE, chief spokesperson, DPCC DELHI POLICE “We have not received any complaints from the ECI. We will look into the allegations once a complaint is lodged.” MADHUR VERMA, Delhi Police PRO draft of Delhi’s voter list, in which 119,575 names that had been on the rolls last year were deleted.
The CEO’S office, while adding that the total voters’ list had increased by 7.78% compared to the 2014 general election, said the deletions had been made because the voters had died or permanently shifted out of Delhi, which it said happens every year.
Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, tweeted earlier in the day that the Election Commission had given the AAP a list of 2.4 million names that have been deleted. “EC is too precious an institution for Indian democracy. EC’S integrity and credibility ought to be protected. EC must not be allowed to become agent of a political party,” Kejriwal tweeted. The AAP chief also questioned through a tweet why the poll panel was not allowing the AAP government to enquire into the deletion of names.
“We urge EC officials acting as spokespersons for the BJP to join the party officially and not to misuse its office to snatch away citizens’ constitutional rights,” said AAP’S national spokesperson and South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha at a press conference after the CEO’S office issued the alert.
The EC spokesperson refused to comment. The CEO could not be contacted despite repeated attempts . “We have not received any formal complaints from the ECI till date. We would look into the complaints and allegations once a complaint is lodged and appropriate action as per law would be taken,” said Madhur Verma, Delhi Police spokesman. THE COLLECTOR OPENED THE STRONG ROOM AND UNSEALED 122 EVMS ON THE PRETEXT OF INSPECTING THEM FOR UPCOMING LS POLLS KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA NO. 1 MORARJI DESAI NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF YOGA AFS, SECTOR-14, GURGAON (An autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India)
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