DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 JOINT COMMITTEE OF PARLIAMENT’S PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION BILL Platformsaspublishers,penalties,checking electronichardwaremayfigureindraftdataBill In legislation’s ambit: non-personal data; 2 yrs for transition to fiduciaries RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22 WIDENING THE ambit of the Personal Data Protection Bill to include non-personal data and data collection by electronic hardware, and treating all social media as social media platform, are among key suggestions believed to have been pushed by the Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) after almost two years of scrutiny. Thefinalsetof recommendations of the committee and dissentnotesbyhalf-a-dozenmembersfromOppositionpartiesare likely to be tabled in the coming winter session of Parliament. Chaired by P P Chaudhary, the JCP met Monday to adopt recommendations on the Bill that will have a bearing on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Guarding digital privacy THE BILL was introduced in the wake of the country’s flourishing digital economy and the SC declaring privacy as a fundamental right in 2017. The legislation seeks to safeguard digital privacy of individuals and provide a rule-based framework for the digital economy. BUOYED BY the Supreme Court ruling Monday that ordered authorities to create a seat for him inIIT-Bombay,wherehewasdenied admission due to a technicalglitchthatstalledpaymentof acceptancefeeswithinthedeadline, the Dalit student at the centreof itallsaysheneverlostheart in the fight to fulfill his dream. “I strongly felt that my grievance was genuine,” said Prince, who turns 18 on November 25. Barely two generations ago, his family tilled the land of others, struggling at the lowest NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22 BY UNNY Pandemic year sees sharp fall in Kerala births SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOVEMBER 22 AS KERALA battled a ragingpandemic — when work from home was the norm and lakhs of expatriates returned to the state — the state witnessed a sharp fall in live births in the first nine months of 2021, according to data from the state’s Chief Registrar of Birth and Deaths. Data show that while Kerala hasbeen witnessingasteady fall in birth numbers, the fall this year has been the steepest – the pre-pandemic year registered 4.80 lakh births, which dropped to 4.53 lakh in 2020, before plunging to 2.17 lakh as of September 30 this year. In the first six months of this year, the number of births registered ranged from a low of 27,534 (in February) to a high of 32,969 (June). However, since then, in the months of July, August and September, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS MANYas sevenMPsfromthe Congress, Trinamool Congress and the BJD have given dissent notes to the Joint Committee of Parliament on the Personal Data Protection Bill after the panel adopted its report at its meeting Monday.Almostallof themhave objected to a clause that allows NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22 SOURAV ROY BARMAN Things becoming curiouser & curiouser, says SC CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANOJ C G the Union Government to exempt any agency under its purviewfromthelaw.Theyhave also flagged other deficiencies in the Bill and in the report. While Congress MP Jairam Ramesh, in his dissent note, objected to Section 35 saying it “gives unbridled powers to the central government to exempt any agency from the entire Act itself” and and Section 12 (a) (i) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Courtesy SC’s push, this Dalit student moves closer to his IIT dream Param Bir gets SC relief from arrest; very much in India, says counsel THESUPREMECourtonMonday gave former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh protection from arrest in connection with inquiries initiated against him by the Maharashtra government,withhiscounselinformingthecourtthat“heisvery much in India but apprehends actions being taken by the State of Maharashtra”. Issuing notice on a plea by Singh against the September 16 Bombay High Court judgment dismissinghispetitionchallenging the two preliminary inquiriesinitiatedbythestategovernment, a bench of Justices S K Kaul and M M Sundresh said Why sweeping powers to Govt to give exemptions: Opp dissent THE WORLD ‘EXCEPTIONAL RESOLVE’ PresidentRamNathKovind presentstheVirChakrato VarthamanAbhinandaninDelhi.HeshotdownaF-16fighter jetintheaftermath of thePulwama attack. PTI REPORTPAGE8 5 DEAD IN U.S. AS SUV SPEEDS INTO CHRISTMAS PARADE LANKA’S EX-POLICE CHIEF INDICTED IN EASTER SUNDAY ATTACK PAGE 12 rung of the social ladder in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district. So it hardly came as a surprise to his family that he would leave no stone unturned to secure that IIT seat. OnMonday,aSupremeCourt bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and A S Bopanna directed theJointSeatAllocationAuthority (JoSAA),whichmanagesandregulates the admissions, to allot a seat to Prince. The bench said “it would be a great travesty of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC GIVES 48 HRS TO ADMIT STUDENT TO IIT PAGE 9 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM
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