04012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/4/2018 1:33 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, january 4, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 4 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd ~500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details SECURITY BREACH: Group tapping UIDAI data may have sold access to 1 lakh service providers Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 3 It was only last November that the UIDAI asserted that “Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI.” Today, The Tribune “purchased” a service 3 INVESTIGATION being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details for any of the more than 1 billion Aadhaar numbers created in India thus far. It took just Rs 500, paid through Paytm, and 10 minutes in which an “agent” of the group running the racket created a “gateway” for this correspondent and gave a login ID and password. Lo and behold, you could enter any Aadhaar number in the portal, and instantly get all particulars that an individual may have submitted to the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), including name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email. What is more, The Tribune team paid another Rs 300, for which the agent provided “software” that could facilitate the printing of the Aadhaar card after entering the Aadhaar number of any individual. When contacted, UIDAI officials in Chandigarh expressed shock over the full data being accessed, and admitted it seemed to be a major national security breach. They immediately took up the matter with the UIDAI technical consultants in Bangaluru. Sanjay Jindal, Additional Director-General, UIDAI Regional Centre, Chandigarh, accepting that this was a lapse, told The Tribune: “Except the Director-General and I, no third person in Punjab should have a login access to our official portal. Anyone else having access is illegal, and is a major national security breach.” 1 lakh illegal users Investigations by The Tribune reveal that the racket may have started around six months ago, when some anonymous groups were created on WhatsApp. These groups targeted over 3 lakh village-level enterprise (VLE) operators hired by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (ME&IT) under the Common Service Centres Scheme (CSCS) across India, offering them access to UIDAI data. CSCS operators, who were initially entrusted with the task of making Aadhaar cards across India, were rendered idle after the job was withdrawn from them. The service was restricted to post offices and designated banks to avoid any security breach in November last year. continued on page 7 A QUICK CHAT, AND FULL ACCESS PRINTING AADHAAR CARD 12:30 pm: This correspondent posing as ‘Anamika’ contacted a person on WhatsApp number 7610063464, who introduced himself as ‘Anil Kumar’. He was asked to create an access portal. This correspondent later again approached Anil Kumar to ask for software to print Aadhaar cards. He asked for Rs 300 through Paytm No. 8107888008 (in the name of ‘Raj’). Once paid, a person identifying himself as Sunil Kumar called from mobile number 7976243548, and installed software on this correspondent’s computer by accessing it remotely through “TeamViewer”. Once the job was done, he deleted the software drivers, even from the recycle bin. 12:32pm: Kumar asked for a name, email ID and mobile number, and also asked for Rs 500 to be credited in his Paytm No. 7610063464. 12:35 pm: This correspondent created an email ID, email@example.com, and sent mobile number ******5852 to the anonymous agent. 12:48 pm: Rs 500 transferred through Paytm. 12:49 pm: This correspondent received an email saying, “You have been enrolled as Enrol- ment Agency Administrator for ‘CSC SPV’. Your Enrolment Agency Administrator ID is ‘Anamika_6677’.” Also, it was said that a password would be sent in a separate mail, which followed shortly. 12:50 pm: This correspondent had access to the Aadhaar details of every Indian citizen registered with the UIDAI. POSSIBLE MISUSE Getting SIM cards, or bank accounts in anyone’s name. Last month, a man was arrested in Jalandhar for withdrawing money from someone’s bank account by submitting a fake Aadhaar card. Expelled CKD chief’s son shoots himself in the head He was booked for criminal intimidation a few days ago Tribune News Service A bus vandalised during a protest at Dandekar road following clashes between Dalit and Maratha groups in Pune on Wednesday. PTI Maharashtra interrupted, boy dies in bandh violence Put Pune instigators behind bars, says Ambedkar Shiv Kumar & agencies Tribune News Service Mumbai, January 3 Protesters attacked buses, stopped suburban trains and blocked roads at various places in Mumbai, affecting life in the city and other parts of Maharashtra during the one-day bandh called against caste clashes at the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle. A boy was killed in Nanded. Yogesh Prahlad Jadhav's family alleged he was seriously injured during police caning to clear a roadblock. The bandh, called off later in the day, saw sporadic violence in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nagpur. A large number of Dalits, carrying blue flags, forced closure of shops. At several places motorists received minor injuries in stone-throwing. In Mumbai, the iconic red BEST buses were stopped and their windscreens smashed. At least 13 buses were vandalised, officials said. Local Statue row in UP Work in courts in 20 UP districts was suspended on Wednesday after the Bar Association declared a strike over removal of BR Ambedkar’s statue from Ghaziabad courts. IANS Made to ‘lick’ shoes A Dalit was allegedly made to lick the shoes of 15 cops at a police station in Ahmedabad after he told them about his caste. A case has been registered. train services, the city’s lifeline, plied intermittently as the railway authorities cleared protesters squatting on tracks. Services on the Central Railway’s main and harbour lines were disrupted in the morning and late afternoon. The Western Railway reported disruptions in Thane and Mumbai though services were resumed sporadically. Mumbai’s lone metro line was disrupted for a while before the police intervened. At many places auto unions supported the bandh. In Pune, student unions put up banners at several institutions supporting the bandh. Prakash Ambedkar, leader of the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and grandson of Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar said the bandh was a success. “Left parties and more than 250 organisations supported the bandh,” he told mediapersons. He claimed rightwing leaders Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote were behind the Pune violence and demanded they be arrested and made to undergo the same legal process as Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Memon. The bandh was called over the attacks on Dalits gathered at the Bhima-Koregaon suburb outside Pune on New Year day to celebrate the 200th anniversary of a battle where Dalit soldiers fighting alongside British troops defeated a bigger army belonging to the Brahmin Peshwa rulers. RSS ‘behind’ violence: page 7 edit: Maharashtra clashes MPs walk out New Delhi, January 3 There was ruckus in the Lok Sabha on the caste clashes in Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra with the Congress alleging that the RSS was behind the violence. This was countered by the government and a verbal duel ensued, resulting in two adjournments. The Congress, RJD, Samajwadi Party and CPI (M) and NCP staged a walkout when the House re-assembled after the first adjournment. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Congress’Mallikarjun Kharge demanded a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge and a statement by the PM on the matter. Congress members trooped in the well of the House and raised slogans even as AICC president Rahul Gandhi remained seated. Union Parliamentary Affairs Ministers butted the charges, saying the Congress was in despair because of its electoral losses and hence “indulging in politics over the incident.” — TNS Amritsar, January 3 Inderpreet Singh, son of expelled Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) president Charanjit Singh Chadha, booked in a sexual harassment case, allegedly shot himself in the head today. Amrik Singh Powar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said a five-page suicide note had been found in the deceased’s bag. Sources claimed it carried the names of several police officials. Inderpreet, a former vicepresident of the CKD Charitable Society, asked his driver Raj Kumar to take him to a clinic on Ajnala road. On reaching there, he found the doctor absent. He returned to his Toyota Fortuner. Minutes later, he shot himself in Inderpreet Singh Chadha the head. He was taken to a nearby hospital by his driver where doctors declared him “brought dead.” The deceased’s father was booked by the local police on charges of outraging the modesty of a principal of a school run by the CKD Charitable Society after a ‘sleaze’ video went viral on the social media. Inderpreet was charged with criminal intimidation after the principal complained she had been threatened by him over the phone. Granted interim bail by a local court, Inderpreet was asked to join police investigations. He had appeared before a police team on Tuesday which questioned him about the whereabouts of his father wanted in the sexual harassment case. A friend of the Chadhas claimed Inderpreet had asked his father to resign from the CKD after the sleaze video went viral. “Besides being in debt, he was under pressure owing to a family feud. That is why he mostly stayed in Chandigarh,” he said. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 3 Now on, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will not acquire land for developing residential sectors. Under the Land Pooling Policy: 2018 approved by the Haryana today, all future residential sectors will be developed on land pooled by owners. Once developed, almost one-third of residential plots will go to the owners in proportion to the land pooled; one third will be sold by HUDA and the rest used for community services. “The aim is to meet development objectives in an all- inclusive manner where landowners willingly part with their land,” said J Ganesan, Chief Administrator, HUDA. Sources say that land being difficult to get, particularly after the enactment of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2015, the government decided to bring in this policy. If at least 70 per cent of landowners agree to pool their land, which is contiguous, the government will go ahead with developing a residential sector. Till HUDA allots them residential plots, the farmers will be paid Rs 50,000 per annum per acre as subsistence allowance. Muzaffarnagar, January 3 BJP MLA Vikram Saini, who again waded into a controversy, claiming that India was a country for Hindus as it was known as ‘Hindustan’, today clarified that his outburst was against Pakistan and not the Muslims. The Khatauli MLA had publicly said on Monday that “irresponsible leaders” had allowed some Muslims to live in India after Partition. “Owing to them (Muslims), the Hindus are facing problems in the country. If they (Muslims) had not stayed back in India, property of crores would be of the Hindus,” Saini had said. However, the legislator today sought to wriggle out of the controversy by saying he did not intend to hurt any religious sentiments. His remarks, he said, were directed against Pakistan and not the Muslims. — PTI Triple talaq Bill hits Rajya Sabha roadblock Opposition wants it referred to select panel, govt pushes for a debate Aditi Tandon/VibhaSharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 3 The BJP-led government’s showpiece Bill to criminalise instant triple talaq ran into expected roadblocks today with a numerically superior Opposition in Rajya Sabha demanding that the proposed Bill be sent to a select committee for scrutiny, while the government insisting on its urgent passage citing the Supreme Court orders. As the fate of the Bill hung in the balance with just two days left for the winter session, the government accused the Congress of being “anti-women” and Cong: Govt misleading BJP: You’re shamming ❝This government is trying to mislead Muslim women and the general public… What are they giving to Muslim women? They are merely projecting themselves as their ‘messiah’, but they are in fact only trying to fool Muslim women❞ become ❝It has Congressclear that the is — Ghulam Nabi Azad, CONGRESS “anti-gender justice”, while the Congress maintained it wanted the proposed Bill debated for “complete justice to Muslim women”. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad barely managed to indirectly opposing the triple talaq Bill. It was a mere sham that they gave a statement and supported the Bill. They tried their best to ensure that this Bill is not passed in the Rajya Sabha❞ — Arun Jaitley, FINANCE MINISTER introduce the contentious Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 post lunch following serial disruptions of the House by the Opposition, which wanted caste violence in Maha- MiG-29K crashes, pilot safe PTI rashtra debated today. As soon as the Bill was introduced, acrimonious exchanges followed as the Congress-led Opposition cited its majority in the House to seek the Bill’s reference to a select committee, something the government didn’t allow. Congress’ deputy leader Anand Sharma moved an amendment to the Bill seeking that it be sent to a 17-member select committee comprising three Congress MPs; one each of the TMC, AIADMK, SP, BSP, DMK, NCP, CPM, TDP, BJD, RJD, JMM, CPI and IUML and KTS Tulsi, a nominated member. continued on page 7 Cabinet nod for AIIMS at Bilaspur New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for establishment of a new AIIMS in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. Bilaspur is the constituency of Health Minister JP Nadda. PAGE 10 Now on, HUDA to go in for land-pooling Sushil Manav MLA retracts ‘Indiafor Hindus’claim GDP growth to slip below 7%: Experts ■ Navy’s MiG-29K jet overshot the runway and caught fire at INS Hansa base in Goa. ■ The trainee pilot ejected safely. The Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry. PAGE 7 New Delhi: India’s economic growth is likely to be below 7% this fiscal, say experts, citing GST disruption and lingering impact of note ban. The Indian economy grew at 7.1% in 2016-17. PAGE 12
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The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).