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Daily Digest: Of Julian Assange’s WiFi Issues And The Travails Of Indian Standard Time

Our daily news round up also features the curious case of an Aadhaar FIR

Good morning. On this day forty-five years ago, the US withdrew its troops from Vietnam after being in the country for close to 12 years having landed there first under President John F. Kennedy in 1961. What the war did give the rest of the world was some great music, and it is both surprising and disturbing in equal measure that there are quite a number of listicles harping on that cold tune.

Staying on with US-related issues, the Ecuadorian embassy in London has apparently changed their WiFi password because they think Julian Assange was being a naughty boy. In a series of tweets, Assange was critical of the West expelling Russian diplomats in the aftermath of a former Russian spy being poisoned in Britain and he now doesn’t have his fix: internet access. The New York Times also notes how ‘the agendas of WikiLeaks and Russia have dovetailed at times, whether by coincidence or intent.’

News from Kolkata next where a city-based company has proposed to make all Indian clocks adhere to the same time (IST) by constructing radio-wave generating 800 meter-high towers in Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. IST is generated by the National Physical Laboratory, something which sounds more like the government trying to give competition to Talwalkars than generate time, but NPL has been our official time-keeper for the past 62 years. The Telegraph also reports that the move comes out of ‘long-standing concerns’ that Indian systems have been relying on time generated by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

And speaking of confusion, Rachna Khaira The Tribune, who filed a damaging report on Aadhaar data security, or the lack of it, does not know if the government has filed an FIR against her. The Telegraph quotes Khaira saying: “Who do I believe – the IT minister or the home minister?” After IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Parliament on February 2 that an FIR had been filed against unknown persons, Junior Home Minister Ahir told the Rajya Sabha that the FIR had the name of a reporter from The Tribune. Neat.

Finally, The Indian Express lead story this morning alleges conflict of interest in the matter of Videocon getting a Rs 3,250 crore loan from ICICI Bank, an account which was later declared an NPA.

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