Sunday Morning News Brief. October 15

Sunday morning brief Oct 15 2017
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Leading telecom operators are using pressure tactics on consumers to force them to link their SIM cards with Aadhaar. Those who use Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, among others, have been fielding frequent SMS alerts and tele-calls from mobile operators and their field associates, asking them to link their numbers with Aadhaar. In some cases, the companies have gone so far as to threaten a disconnection in services.
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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was yesterday ousted from the Motion Picture Academy. The unprecedented decision comes after recent reports of sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein going back decades. The world’s top movie organization said that the decision was reached by “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” of the 54-member academy board.
Home minister Rajnath Singh yesterday said that no power in the world can stop the government from resolving the Kashmir issue. Singh said the NDA government has given a free hand to the Army to act against terrorists and give a befitting reply to any firing from across the border in Kashmir. The home minister also attacked Pakistan saying it sends terrorists into India and wants to break the country.
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Fugitive GJM president Bimal Gurung may try to enter Darjeeling before October 30, according to intelligence sources. Gurung may even use a “human shield” to make it difficult for the police to open fire. According to sources, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief wants to make a public appearance in the Hills and tell the people that he has been made a scapegoat because he is fighting for Gorkhaland.
Architect of the Aadhaar scheme Nandan Nilekani said that India is on a ‘very good wicket’ on privacy. Nilekani expressed confidence that the government’s unique-identity number plan would successfully pass the test of privacy. The non-executive chairman of Infosys also hailed the Supreme Court verdict on privacy as “one of the best judgements” in the apex court history.
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