Morning digest: All computers under govt watch now, 8 injured in Mumbai stampede, and more

An officer in Jaipur on December 3, 2018 looks at computer screens inside a police war room set up to monitor social media posts.

An officer in Jaipur on December 3, 2018 looks at computer screens inside a police war room set up to monitor social media posts.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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All computers under govt watch

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday issued an order authorising 10 Central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.”

The agencies are the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation; National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat (R&AW), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (For service areas of Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and Assam only) and Commissioner of Police, Delhi.

8 students injured in stampede in Mumbai college

Eight students of Mithibai College in Vile Parle were rushed to RN Cooper Hospital after being injured in a reported stampede on the campus on Thursday night.

While members of the college and Cooper Hospital authorities said that there was a stampede, the Mumbai Police maintained that there was no stampede and that students were taken to the hospital after they suffered from suffocation.

Gujarat police officer who probed fake encounter case suspended

A day before a special CBI court in Mumbai is scheduled to pronounce its verdict in the high profile case of fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, wife Kauser Bi and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has suspended Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who was the first investigator in the case, and had arrested three IPS officers as key accused.

Mr. Rai is a 1992 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, and currently serving central deputation heading the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism (CIAT) School of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.

India rejects Pakistan's claim on Jinnah House

India on Thursday strongly rejected Pakistan’s claim of ownership of the Jinnah House in Mumbai and said the property belongs to it.

“Pakistan has no locus standi as far as this property is concerned. It is a government of India’s property and we are in the process of renovating it,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Mattis resigns as U.S. Defense Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on Thursday, December 21, 2018, after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world.

Gen. Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in Trump’s administration, will leave by the end of February after two tumultuous years struggling to soften and moderate the President’s hardline and sometimes sharply changing policies.

Opinion | On the Transgender Bill

The transgender community has once again been let down, as the Lok Sabha passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 in a hurry amid ongoing protests over the Rafale deal. The Bill, ostensibly aiming to protect transgender persons’ rights, has been drafted hastily, with no real understanding of gender identity and expression.

Sirisena keeps police under himself

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday named a 30-member Cabinet, but retained the control over the island nation’s security forces and the police by ignoring Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s nominees, indicating that two leaders are still at loggerheads after weeks of political crisis.

The Cabinet announcement came after the reinstatement of Mr. Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.

RBI keeps outstanding ECB limit at 6.5% of GDP

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday has announced a cap for funds raised via external commercial borrowing (ECB) at 6.5% of the country’s GDP.

Based on GDP figures for March 31, 2018, ‘the soft limit works out to $160 billion,’ the central bank said in a statement.

Laxman underscores need for dignified conduct

The on-field behaviour of captains Virat Kohli and Tim Paine in the second India-Australia Test at Perth raised some eyebrows. Former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman says all international cricketers, captains or otherwise, should conduct themselves with dignity as they act as role models.

“Virat is naturally aggressive, right from his under-19 days. That is his personality. Having said that, it is important for international cricketers to realise that they are role models. The way you conduct yourself on the cricketfield influences youngsters who idolise you.

Prithviraj ready for Olympic challenge

It is an interesting race aimed towards Olympic selection and Prithviraj Tondaiman of Pudukkottai is happy to lead the men’s trap at the halfway stage.

Having shot a national record equalling 124 out of 125 in Jaipur, the 31-year-old Prithviraj feels he has given himself a strong base in pursuit of national selection for the first three World Cups in 2019, which offer Olympic quota places.

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