National News-Daily Digest: 3 Key Updates
1. UIDAI introduces two-tier security to shield Aadhaar data
In the wake of a report of an alleged breach of the Aadhaar database published in a newspaper, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has rolled out a new two-tier security process that will come into effect from June 1.
It has introduced the concept of a virtual ID, which an Aadhaar holder can use in lieu of his/her Aadhaar number at the time of authentication, besides sharing of ‘limited KYC’ with certain agencies.This move is aimed at eliminating the need to share and store Aadhaar numbers.
A Virtual ID (VID) will be a temporary 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. There can only be one active and valid VID for an Aadhaar number at any given time and it will not be possible to derive the Aadhaar number from VID. The VID authentication will be similar to using Aadhaar numbers. However, since a VID is temporary, agencies will not be able to use it for de-duplication.
Only the Aadhaar holder will be able to generate a VID and no other entity, including Authentication User Agencies (AUAs), can do it on their behalf.
2. Supreme Court to form its own special team to probe 186 anti-Sikh riots cases
In a relief to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, the Supreme Court decided to set up its own three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe 186 cases not investigated further by the Union government’s SIT.
The three-member SIT would be headed by a former High Court judge and have a former IPS officer not below or who is equivalent to the rank of an IG and a serving IPS officer, all available in Delhi.
The government SIT was set up on February 12, 2015, following a recommendation by the Justice (retd.) G.P. Mathur committee. It was headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch and comprised retired district and sessions judge Rakesh Kapoor and additional deputy commissioner of Delhi Police Kumar Gyanesh.
3. Gujarat to count elusive tigers
Gujarat will now see an exercise to find out if tigers also inhabit the State. Gujarat is a known house of population of lions.
The last time a tiger was spotted in Gujarat was way back in 1985. Now, over three decades later, a census has been planned next month to ascertain the presence of tigeers in the forest of Dang district.
The State forest department earlier sent a proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for the census after some media reports suggested the presence of tigers in Dang.
The proposal was approved by the NTCA, a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Gujarat’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife).
Till the early 1980s, there were tigers in Gujarat, mainly inhabiting the forests of Dang, Narmada and Sabarkantha districts.