BENGALURU WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2, 2017 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION BN Srikrishna EXPERT TEAM FORMED TO DRAFT DATA SECURITY BILL The Centre has constituted a 10-member committee to recommend a framework for securing personal data MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WHAT THE PANEL IS EXPECTED TO DO The team, headed by former SC judge BN Srikrishna, includes Aruna Sundararajan, secretary, telecom dept; Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI; Ajay Kumar, addl secretary, IT Ministry; Gulshan Rai, national cyber security coordinator; and Rajat Moona, director, IIT Raipur I Besides suggesting a draft data protection Bill, it will identify data protection issues and recommend steps to address them I It would work to put in its report “as expeditiously as possible” I Ensuring growth of digital economy while keeping personal data secure is of “utmost importance”, said the government 115 crore PEOPLE HAVE AADHAAR, OVER WHICH PRIVACY ISSUES HAVE BEEN RAISED CHENNAI I MADURAI I VIJAYAWADA I BENGALURU I KOCHI I HYDERABAD I VISAKHAPATNAM I COIMBATORE I KOZHIKODE I THIRUVANANTHAPURAM I BELAGAVI I BHUBANESWAR I SHIVAMOGGA I MANGALURU I TIRUPATI I TIRUCHY I TIRUNELVELI I SAMBALPUR I HUBBALLI I DHARMAPURI I KOTTAYAM I KANNUR I VILLUPURAM I KOLLAM I WARANGAL I TADEPALLIGUDEM I NAGAPATTINAM I THRISSUR Arvind Subramaniam next Chief? Express had earlier reported that the Centre is planning to revamp the Aayog with changes in top leadership and more are likely to go to allow induction of fresh faces. The chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian is being reckoned as the possible replacement NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya after announcing his decision to resign, in New Delhi on Tuesday | SHEKHAR YADAV Panagariya quits NITI Aayog Says he’s returning to teaching, experts see it as govt’s course correction M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya announced on Tuesday that he would leave the think tank on August 31 to return to academia. Political pundits are seeing the development as the first definitive sign of the Centre embarking on the path for course-correction. The corridors of the NITI Aayog, a stone’s throw away from Parliament, were abuzz with the impending big-bang reconstitution of the panel. It was just a month ago that Panagariya had claimed that his immigration to the US had helped him become the face of the premier think tank. But on Tuesday he re, linquished the same cherished position to return to the Columbia University as a faculty . “I am not in my 40s. At the age of 64, it’s difficult to get the job of faculty in Columbia University Pan,” agariya said on Tuesday His aides . claimed that even the Prime Minister had intervened on behalf of Panagariya to allow him a longer leave from the varsity However, the . Prime Minister now has accepted his resignation. MODI VISIT PUTS FOCUS ON NORTHEAST FLOODS PM announces financial package of B2,350 crore for five of seven States P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati THE nation’s attention finally turned to the Northeast with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Assam to hear the Chief Ministers of five states that have been beset with floods on a scale that would dwarf the deluges of other States in ‘mainland’ India. Chief Ministers of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh and a representative of Mizoram gathered in Guwahati to present to Modi their assessment of the damage wrought in their States After giving a patient hearing, the PM announced financial assistance of `2,350 crore for the States and promised help to rebuild infrastructure, and most importantly, study the behaviour of the rivers of the region. As the worst-hit of the five states, Assam would receive the lion’s share of the assistance, but even that would fall AT CROSSROADS Campus recruits panic after IT firms delay induction Bengaluru: The crisis in the IT job market has also affected students who were recruited through engineering campus placements. Some companies that recruited students are now postponing joining dates. Some others have outrightly refused to hire them. Jittery students have started approaching placement officers at the colleges concerned. There is no clarity on how many students have been affected as some prefer not to approach the colleges, said some placement officers. But the trend is worrying, they say. Colleges are advising students to take up jobs with smaller firms for now and wait till stability returns. P2 HC FIAT Guidelines for BBMP on demolition of illegal properties Bengaluru: The High Court has rapped the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike for its action in demolishing a woman’s house, calling it a classic case of misguided and authoritarian misadventure. The court also laid down general guidelines on demolition of illegal properties. The bench said BBMP had not placed any material to show that its actions were initiated under Section 462 of the KMC Act. No time limit was also mentioned either in the provisional notice or in the final notice to the house P4 owner. Residents sit outside their flooded house in Dimapur, Nagaland, on Saturday | PTI short of the `3,888.09 crore loss estimate complied by the State’s administration. Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the exact share of each State would be worked out later. A remarkable point about Assam’s presentation was the joint memorandum submitted to the PM by the BJP (the ruling party), Asom Gana Parishad and the Bodoland People’s Front, urging Modi to recognise floods and ero- sion in the northeast as a national problem and constitute a Group of Ministers to find a permanent solution. Towards that direction, an additional `100 crore has been announced to set up a high-powered committee of scientists, technocrats and bureaucrats from Central and State governments to study the mighty but mercurial Brahmaputra, whose flood plains are an annual scene of devastation. The turgid northeast, which makes up 8 per cent of the country’s land mass, contains one-third of the country’s water resources. But the Brahmaputra’s propensity to break its banks annually displaces millions and kills hundreds each year — some 26 lakh people displaced and 82 killed in Assam this year. Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, who presented a damage report of `700 crore, 18 deaths and six lakh displacements, said, “It is good and encouraging that the Prime Minister has come and met all the CMs of the northeast.” BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: P9 Hints of things going wrong for the economist came a few months ago, when he engaged in a heated discussion with members of the RSS affiliate, Swadeshi Jagran Manch led by Ashwani Mahajan. “Panagariya firmly told them that they are holding on to rigid ideologies which will not allow India to change and become a power true to the aspirations of people at the world stage,” said a senior official. “He told them he would not accept their demands and would pursue what is right for the economy.” AMITABH KANT MAY ALSO LEAVE: P11 Security forces gun down LeT J&K chief F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar SECURITY forces dealt a major blow to the militant movement in Kashmir by the killing the longest-surviving foreign militant in the State. Abu Dujana, the Kashmir chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, was killed in an encounter in Pulwama district on Tuesday. A civilian was killed and over dozen others were injured when protestors clashed with the forces after the gunfight. The troops encircled the house where the militants were holed up. Concerted efforts were made to make the militants surrender, said Kashmir IGP Muneer Khan. “They refused and opened heavy fire on us,” he said. The firing was returned and after an hour-long gun battle Dujana’s associate Arif Ahmad Dar was killed. Abu Dujana To prevent the terrorist from escaping, the security forces set the house on fire by blowing it up with explosives. Even as a portion of the house was on fire, Dujana continued to engage the forces, officials said. He was killed at the end of a two-hour encounter. WHO WAS DUJANA: P11 Rift between militants led to killing: Officials The killing of Abu Dujana was made possible by an ongoing rift between foreign and local militants, according to officials in the Defence Ministry. Of the 117 militants killed this year, 31 were home-grown and 86 were foreign militants. The large number of foreign militants gunned down was due to actionable intelligence inputs security forces got due to the rift, they added.
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