Panel to seek public opinion on data law

New Delhi: The joint parliamentary panel that the Personal Data Protection Bill was referred to last month is going to seek public opinion on the proposed law that seeks to regulate how individuals and organisations handle digital data of Indian citizens. It has also sought a definition of privacy from the Centre.

Behmai killings: A massacre and decades-old wait for justice

Kanpur: A group of dacoits took Behmai in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat by surprise on February 14, 1981, when they stormed the village, dragged out all the men from their houses, lined them up and shot them dead. The dacoits fired 150 rounds to kill 20 people, mostly upper-caste Thakurs, sharpened social fault lines, and brought in the limelight Phoolan Devi, their leader.

Pro League: Tough test awaits Indian hockey team

The Indian men’s hockey team’s Olympic qualification is done and dusted. The tough journey starts now with the Manpreet Singh-led side set to test their skills and preparedness against the best teams in the world in the Pro League over the next six months, starting with two matches against the Netherlands over the weekend.

At CBSE science exhibition, students propose sustainable solutions for problems

Gurugram: From a prototype of a smart seat belt that detects heartbeat and alcoholic content to an environment-friendly urinal and an LED-enabled safety system for quick response during crisis situations to a smoke absorber, around 600 such projects from schools across the country are on display at the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE’s) annual science exhibition for 2019-20 that commenced in Suncity School in the city on Thursday.

D K Shivakumar likely to be named next Karnataka Congress president

The Congress party’s ace troubleshooter in Karnataka D K Shivakumar is likely to be named as the next president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, according to sources within the party. Both CLP leader S Siddaramaiah as well as KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao had offered their resignations to the party high command in the light of the poor performance in by-polls held in December where the party managed to win only two of the 15 seats.

The battle for Bihar commences | HT Editorial

Even as the focus is on the elections in the capital, political forces have already begun preparations for the other big election at the end of this year — Bihar. On Thursday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and home minister Amit Shah addressed a rally in Vaishali on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. He also reiterated, amid speculation over differences with the Janata Dal (United), that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will fight the election under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

More security teams from US likely to visit Agra

AGRA More Advance Security teams from the US are likely to visit Agra to review security arrangements ahead of President Donald Trump’s proposed visit to the Taj Mahal in February. The teams will prepare a comprehensive report, which when submitted to US agencies, will decide the fate of the US President’s visit, said officials.

The limits of the US-China deal | HT Editorial

The long-awaited United States (US)-China trade deal has arrived. But has it? A relatively shallow “phase one” agreement was reached by the two countries. The most substantive issues, notably technology and subsidies, were barely touched. The sense is that US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, would like a temporary truce to their economic confrontation. With US presidential elections formally kicking off next month, Mr Trump would like China to resume buying agricultural products. US farmers, who lost their largest export market, have been vociferous critics of the tariff war. Mr Xi has his own concerns, notably an economy whose slowdown is exacerbated by tensions with the US.