05012018-TT-01.qxd 1/4/2018 10:30 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, january 5, 2018 himachal pradesh chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 5 | 18 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd BSF kills10 Pak Rangers on IB Says mortar positions targeted in Samba sector; intruder gunned down too Tribune News Service Jammu, January 4 A day after a BSF jawan was killed in unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Rangers, the BSF hit back hard and claimed having killed around 10 Rangers. The BSF also foiled an infiltration bid in Ranbir Singh Pura sector by killing an intruder early this morning. During the retaliation, the BSF first marked and targeted the mortar positions of Pakistan Rangers. “During the process, we got information that around 10 Pakistan Rangers have been killed. There was no fire from the Pakistani side after that,” sources said. The BSF said after Head Constable RP Hazra was injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces on the Jammu International Border in Samba sector yesterday, the retaliation continued till late night. Hazra was evacuated to a medical facility, but Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 4 Two years after the Supreme Court quashed the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill as “unconstitutional”, the government today said it was open to revisiting the issue subject to unity in the political class. “If the polity decides we need to speak in one voice, we will find a way (on NJAC) again. I am getting the sense of the House. I am happy Parliament is united on this despite divisions on other Mohali Mayor put on notice for ‘inflated’ purchase Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 4 Punjab Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today issued a show-cause notice to Mohali Mayor Kulwant Singh for allegedly causing losses to the state exchequer by purchasing tree-pruning machinery at highly inflated prices. Two municipal corporation officials have been suspended while another two have been charge-sheeted. The civic body had reportedly passed a resolution to buy the machinery at a whopping Rs 1.79 crore even as it was available at Rs 28 lakh in India and Rs 80 lakh abroad. The corporation even paid Rs 90 lakh as advance to Cosmic Healer Private Limited, a Delhibased private firm contracted for the purchase. The notice to the Mayor seeks to know “why he should not be removed”. The suspended officials are Executive Engineer Naresh Batta and Deputy Controller (Finance and Accounts) Vinayak, while those charge-sheeted are Assistant Corporation Engineer Mohinderpal and JE Surinder Pal. A case recommending the suspension of then MC Commissioner Rajesh Dhiman has been forwarded to the Chief Minister’s Office. AADHAAR BREACH: 3 INVESTIGATION No formal probe, Wake-up call, make cops come sniffing data safer: Experts Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Border Security Force personnel carry the coffin of martyr Head Constable Radha Pada Hazra for a wreath-laying ceremony at the BSF camp in Jammu on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH succumbed to his injuries. “Initially, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing using small arms, but later they also used mortars. BSF troopers consolidated their positions, located and marked Pakistani firing positions and started precision- targeted fire. Two Pakistani mortar positions were located, targeted and destroyed by BSF troopers yesterday night only,” the BSF PRO said. He said troopers noticed an intrusion attempt around 5.45 am in the RS Pura area. “The intruder was neu- tralised around 7 am and the entire area was cordoned off,” he added. Meanwhile, rich tributes were paid to Hazra at the BSF frontier headquarters, which was attended by J&K DGP SP Vaid, Jammu IG SDS Jamwal and BSF IG Ram Awtar. Govt: Can revisit NJAC Triple talaq stalemate if political class agrees as session ends today Aditi Tandon /thetribunechd matters,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, replying to a debate on a Bill to hike the salaries of High Court and Supreme Court judges. The LS today passed the salaries amendment Bill unanimously. It raises the salary of the Chief Justice of India from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.80 lakh a month; of SC judges and HC chief justices from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh and of HC judges from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh. The Bill’s passage was preceded by sharp reactions from MPs, who cut across continued on page 7 Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 4 A day after the contentious legislation was “moved” by the government in the Rajya Sabha, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill continued to hang fire in the House, where the ruling BJP is in minority. With neither the BJP-led government nor a united Opposition willing to cede ground, the stalemate is expected to continue. Tomorrow is the last day of the winter session and for any forward movement, the government has to agree to a division of votes on the two resolutions moved by the Opposition — for sending the Bill to a select committee. In contrast to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s argument terming these “invalid”, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien made it clear that the Opposition resolutions were “valid”. After Anand Sharma (Congress) and SS Roy (TMC) moved resolutions for sending the Bill to a select committee, the House witnessed acrimonious scenes, following which it was adjourned. continued on page 7 Jalandhar, January 4 A day after the expose by The Tribune on unauthorised people freely accessing Aadhaar data, the government made no announcement of any formal investigation being launched, and the UIDAI denied there was any breach. However, multiple security agencies were understood to have got into motion as several made contact with The Tribune to get information. A cyber crime team of Punjab Police arrived in Jalandhar and started investigations, while the Intelligence Bureau (IB) was learnt to be checking on the extent of breach of the UIDAI data. The latter were also looking into whether any biometric access too had been sold out. Sources said the bureau was also investigating a case reported recently from Jalandhar in which a Pakistan national had managed to secure an Aadhaar card. The matter was till now being probed by the state police. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Government too started an investigation. During the sting operation by The Tribune, an anonymous group had provided it access to a portal that seemed to have been hosted by Rajasthan. ISSUE FINDS MENTION IN PARLIAMENT TOO New Delhi: The issue of Aadhaar data breach after an investigation by The Tribune found mention in Parliament. Punjab Congress MP Sunil Jakhar tried to raise the issue in the Lok Sabha during zero hour but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow it. The MP was also seen waiving a copy of The Tribune drawing attention of the Speaker. The social media too was abuzz with users expressing shock over the breach. EDIT: UNSECURED AADHAAR While the UIDAI claimed that it maintains a complete log of anyone accessing the data, the illegal activity is suspected to have been going on for the past six months. From the portals to which access was provided, it seemed one was of the Central government (portal.uidai.gov.in) and the other of Rajasthan. Yet, UIDAI and Rajasthan officials seemed to have been caught by surprise. Shortly after the expose, the portal that seemed to be of the UIDAI became inaccessible. However, no one was named by any agency as suspect in the matter even after 24 hours. Shockingly, when contacted on Thursday continued on page 7 Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 4 Noting that India is “sitting on a volcano that is about to burst”, both legal and technical experts believe the Centre can do more to make sure that the Aadhaar data becomes “safer and more secure”. Reacting to The Tribune’s report, acclaimed cyber law expert Pawan Duggal said, “Notwithstanding the government’s claim that Aadhaar data is safe and secure in its custody, such a breach is always possible as the entire architecture — legal and technical — is faulty and little has been done on cyber security to make the ever-expanding ecosystem robust to nullify possible misuse.” “Even as the Aadhaar number of each individual has become integral to almost every aspect of life, the Aadhaar Act, 2016, hardly does anything to protect the data and individuals whose details are compromised. Such instances of breach of data are a wake-up call,” he said. Saket Modi, co-founder and CEO of Lucideus Tech, which provides cyber security to multiple Fortune 500 banks around the world, said, “Aadhaar is today one of the largest-ever revolution to touch over a billion people, a first of its kind in MISUSE IS TRACEABLE, SYSTEM SECURE: UIDAI New Delhi: The UIDAI on Thursday dismissed reports of full Aadhaar details being made available on payment of Rs 500 by anonymous sellers, asserting that its system is “secure” and any misuse can be traced and action taken as it maintains a complete log of various functions. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) reiterated that there “has not been any Aadhaar data breach”. TNS UIDAI says Tribune’s Aadhaar story ‘misreporting’, read how claim is wrong BACK PAGE the world. In order to make it work, different people have to be given access to different levels of information. In this case, it looks like the access given to officials to be able to search the database in case of redressal was taken over by unauthorised personnel, resulting in the access to the continued on page 7
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