Summary

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The sweep: Aadhaar data to sexual identity

In a mandmark verdict delivered unanimously by a nine-judge Constitution Bench, the Supreme Court Thursday ruled that individual privacy is a fundamental right.
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Judges flag need for personal space in times of intrusive tech

When it enshrined right to privacy in the fundamental rights by granting it constitutional protection aginst the might of the State, the nine judge bench of the Supreme Court also prepared the ground for right to privacy against non-State actors in the virtual world, one that Internet giants thriving on terabytes of personal data cannot ignore.
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SC links privacy to plurality, warns against state control

A close reading of the privacy judgement reveals that the judges have tapped into contentious debates of the times even though they have confined themselves to the question of privacy as a fundamental right.
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Drop in vision traced to inflammation caused by dengue fever: Docs

In a rare symptom of dengue, a 20-year-old in the capital developed 'ophthalmic complications' due to which she complained of a 'drop in vision'.
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if builders pay part of dues, owners of completed flats can get possession

As apprehension and panic among home investors continues unabated, the Noida Authority on Thursday came up with a scheme, which is expected to bring relief to nearly 20,000 home buyers- those who have invested in projectts that are complete but are waiting for possession of flats, officials said.
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Govt aims to protect Aadhaar, reminds Cong of Emergency

In first remarks on the Supreme Court judgement that recognized privacy as a fundamental right, the government said on Thursday that the ruling has reaffirmed its stance on the issue.Both Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley welcomed the ruling as 'a positive development'.
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What next: All eyes now on Aadhaar case

Wit the nine-judge bench ruling that right to privacy is a fundamental right, the spotlight returns to Aadhaar, the validity of which has been challenged in court.
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Protection of sexual orientation at core of fundamental rights: SC

Moving a step closer to discriminalising gay sex, the Supreme Court, in its order on right to privacy, ruled that 'sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy'. It said that the 'right to privacy and the protection of sexual orientation lie at the core of the fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.
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Privacy and more: What Sc said

In historic 9-0 verdict, the Supreme Court establishes a new bar for civil liberties, individual rights and the freedom of choice in India; stresses Constitution's silences are important, too
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Won't allow any activity against friendly neighbour India: Nepal PM

Amid the border standoff at Doklam between Indian and Chinese troops, Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his country would not allow any activity against its 'friendyl neighbour'.
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Internet services off, curfew on in Sirsa on night before Dera chief verdict

The Haryana administration on Thursday imposed curfew in Sirsa from 10pm, suspended mobile internet services, except voice calls, and it plans to clear out tens of thousands of people assembled in Panchkula, all in preparation for the Friday verdict on a rape case against sect leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim
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We, the Private People

With the landmark Right to Privacy verdict, the SC expands the individual's fundamental rights, etches firmer boundaries for the state. It also shows an admirable capacity to self-correct.
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A Brake on Government

Right to Privacy judgement finally consigns the Emergency to the past
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Privacy, dignity, sexual autonomy

In drawing the links, SC has undercut the basis of a dark stain on the court's record when it refused to strike down Section 377
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Fundamental Rights redefined

From seeing them as distinct compartment against which to test laws, to understanding them as a cumulative whole, to now seeing them as boundaries which guarantee the dignity of a free individual in a modern republic, the courts have come a long way
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Nilekani back at Infy for a 2nd stint; joins as non-executive chairman

Infosys Ltd, which is going throuhg a period of turbulence following the resgination of its CEO and MD Vishal Sikka, has turned to co-founder and former CEO Nandan Nilekani to head the firm's board
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FM: India restless for higher growth, economic activity

Releasing the three year action agenda (2017-18 to 2019-20) prepared by Niti Aayog, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said India is now becoming restless for a higher rate of growth and if the recommendations are implemented then it has the 'potential to trigger much more conomic activity'.
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New Rs 200 note to be issued from today

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday said it will issue new Rs 200 denomination banknotes from select RbI offices and some banks on Friday.

Editorial

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A right for the future

The Right to Privacy Act upheld by the Indian Government is a landmark ruling which will have good consequences for the people of the country. The court held that right to privacy is protected as an 'intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liverty under Article 21' and also as a fundamental part of the freedom rights guaranteed by other Acts. The verdict rejjected the claims of Union of India that the people of the country doesn't enjoy the fundamental right to privacy. Across the past, there were cases which were related t the right to privact Act ruling. Like in 1954, when different offices of Dalmia group were thorougly searched and was claimed to be unconstitutional. Again in 1962, the Supreme Court had to conside the validity of certain rules of Uttar Pradesh where the police were permitted to undertake picketing, surveillance, maintain records of the movement of history-sheeters and make domiciliary visits at night. in that judgement also, it was stressed that there was no right to privacy. In 1975, Justice K.K Mathew made a significant observation about the right to privacy after observation of the rapid expansion of scope of right to privacy by the US Supreme Court. Justice Mathew observed various instances which expnaded the scope of right to privacy in the US and also noted that the Constitution founders thought of esuring conditions which are favourable to the pursuit of happiness. The right to privacy act boradly encompasses physical privacy, informational privacy and decisional autonomy. The role of technologica advances and right to privacy in the digital age of the world needs to be closely scrutinized. The Right to Privacy Act gives us the freedom to decide where to live, where to work and pursue our individual dreams with protection. It is undoubtedly, the Right to be left alone.

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