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It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Aadhar Boss To Make A Presentation In Top Court Today 22.3.2018 NDTV News - India-news
Amid privacy concerns, the Chief Executive Officer Of the Unique Identification Authority of India, Ajay Pandey, will make a presentation on Aadhaar before a Supreme Court bench at 2.30 p.m. today.
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Cambridge Analytica and lessons for firms 22.3.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Cambridge Analytica and lessons for firms
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Aadhaar data behind 10-ft thick wall: ASG 22.3.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
The Centre assured the top court on Wednesday that all data collected from millions of people under the Aadhaar scheme was safe and contained in a storage facility that was barricaded behind a fortified wall. Continuing its submissions in the ongoing matter challenging the constitutional validity of aadhar, the centre put the right to eat on a higher ground that the right to privacy. Addressing concerns over data breach, the Centre said that data collected under Aadhaar was secure since it was kept in a building that has 10 ft thick walls. Representing the Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal also quoted former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the Supreme Court to put forth its arguments supporting Aadhaar. He added  that the Aadhaar programme was not a “fly-by-night effort to score some brownie points” and urged the apex court to spare a few minutes and allow the CEO of UIDAI to present a power point presentation to quell all apprehensions behind the unique 12-digit biometric identification scheme The ...
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Aadhaar data kept behind 5 feet thick walls: Attorney General to SC 21.3.2018 Latest News
The judges, meanwhile, asked the attorney general to first argue on the legal contentions first and asked the government to respond to all the arguments made by the petitioners
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Foreigners who live in India embrace UID even as linking Aadhaar debate continues 11.3.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
While Indian citizens have been arguing and debating for several months over their Right to Privacy when it comes to applying for an Aadhaar card, a number of immigrants who have lived here for several years have applied and possess a unique identity (UID), the Times of India reported. According to the Aadhar Act of 2016, any resident of India who has lived in the country for over 182 days in the 12 months before applying for the card is eligible for one.  And while the debate over linking an individual's Aadhaar to their bank account or to private services such as cell phone providers continue, the deadline to link everything has increased beyond the March 31 deadline. The Centre said that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline from March 31. A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan agreed with the contention of ...
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Here is how to retain your Google Tez, MobiKwik, JioMoney, Paytm, OlaMoney or any other prepaid wallet after February 28 27.2.2018 Sify Finance
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Meghalaya Diary, part 2: Superstitions, privacy concerns, distrust of 'non-tribals' make Aadhaar a non-starter in poll-bound state 22.2.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
Many people in Meghalaya are avoiding Aadhaar enrollment because they believe it is akin to the mark of the beast.
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Law May Cure Alleged Aadhar Biometric Data Collection Defect: Top Court 21.2.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
The Supreme Court today said the alleged defect that citizens' biometric details under the Aadhaar scheme were being collected without any law, could be cured by subsequently bringing a statute.
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Moving towards a malnutrition free India 10.2.2018 General News
On March 29, 2017, Jharkhand Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma issued a letter making the Aadhar Card mandatory from April 2017.It was also stated in the letter that those users who do not have Aadhaar card at the district/state level should be encouraged to make it and also to link it with their ration cards. It was also stated that ration cards not linked to the Aadhaar card would be cancelled.After this order, the Public Distribution System (PDS) shopkeepers who provided the ration stopped giving ration to those whose Aadhaar card was not linked to their ration card. As a result, PDS shopkeepers refused to give ration to Koyle Devi because of which her daughter Santoshi died due to hunger on September 28, 2017.The child died in her arms crying with hunger, "BhaatBhaat" (Rice Rice). According to Koyle Devi, her family had not eaten food for the past four days.It was difficult for a woman earning barely three to four hundred rupees per month by selling dantoon to arrange for food for the
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Arun Jaitley defends GST in Lok Sabha 9.2.2018 Central Chronicle » Business
Agencies, New Delhi Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that... more »
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SHOCKING! Aadhaar gives OUR personal info to foreign firms 8.2.2018 Rediff: Columns
'The most valuable personal sensitive information of present and future citizens has been made available to foreign data firms and governments and non-State actors for all time to come,' says Gopal Krishna.
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Aadhaar Opponents Must Move Beyond Surveillance Fears and Focus on the Law’s Flaws 2.2.2018 The Wire

The emergence of “mandatory Aadhaar” for anything and everything – school admissions, public examinations, bank accounts, insurance – has no support in the Aadhaar Act.

The post Aadhaar Opponents Must Move Beyond Surveillance Fears and Focus on the Law’s Flaws appeared first on The Wire.

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Aadhaar for identification, not surveillance; won't collect DNA data: UIDAI 29.1.2018 News
The UIDAI chief dismissed concerns that linking of various information with Aadhaar could lead to government monitoring, surveillance or possible misuse
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UIDAI Says Aadhaar an Identification, Not Profiling Tool 29.1.2018 Top India News- News18.com
To a specific query on whether UIDAI will go for DNA profiling in future, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that there were no such plans.
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UIDAI says Aadhaar is an identification tool and not for profiling people 28.1.2018 All Current Affairs Stories
The UIDAI chief dismissed concerns that linking of various information with Aadhaar could lead to government monitoring, surveillance or possible misuse
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Aadhaar's new security measures are good, it is still work in progress 24.1.2018 Business Standard: News Now
While public pressure over the security of Aadhaar might have forced the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to introduce new features such as face authentication, virtual ID and limited KYC, experts who have worked on the system say such updates are incremental and need to keep happening.Be it Google, Facebook or Aadhaar, a digital system serving billions of people needs to be remain secure for which it continually has to evolve, sometimes adapting to issues that are found. The three new features will certainly help improve security, but many questions still remain over how the UIDAI will tackle the recently highlighted issue of rogue Aadhaar agents. An article in the Tribune newspaper which claimed that Aadhaar information of individuals was on sale for as little as Rs 500, sparked off the biggest security scare against the digital identity keeper in a while. Even though the UIDAI asserted that its systems had not been breached, proof that Aadhaar details of an ...
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Indian missions abroad should issue Aadhar to NRIs: Congress 23.1.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Indian embassies and consulates should issue Aadhar cards to NRIs, Goa Congress President Shantaram Naik said in a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday.
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The Aadhaar opportunity 22.1.2018 Opinion – The Indian Express
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People Give Info To Private Firms: Top Court On Aadhaar Issue 18.1.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
A forceful argument that the State cannot compel a citizen to part with personal information to a private entity, today prompted the Supreme Court to point out that people voluntarily gave such inputs...
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Noises against Aadhaar instigated by biggies like Google, Facebook: Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra 18.1.2018 Zee News : India National
The Rajya Sabha MP raised questions on the privacy agreement that companies like Google and Facebook sign with different companies.
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