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ANOTHER WATER DISPUTE : Mahadayi Water Disputes

PRIME PLAYER : THE MAHADAYI RIVER

ABOUT THE RIVER : The Mahadayi/Mandovi River river, is described as the lifeline of the Indian state of Goa.

  • The river has a length of 77 kilometres (48 miles), 29 kilometres (18 miles) in Karnataka and 52 kilometres (32 miles) in Goa and also in Maharashtra.

  • It originates from a cluster of 30 springs at Bhimgad in the Western Ghats in the Belagavi district of Karnataka.

ISSUE : Karnataka and Maharashtra proposed schemes around the Mahadayi river. But Goa objects to them as they would harm the environment and deprive the coastal state of drinking and irrigation water.

Is this dispute new ? Nope it started way back before 30 yrs and still pending.

Why now on news ? Goa has filled its objection before Mahadayi Water dispute Tribunal in New Delhi challenging the proposed 12 projects by Karnataka in the Western Ghats, besides the trans-basin diversion of Mahadayi waters into the Malaprabha reservoir.

THE MATCH FIXING CASE : 2000

THE CRIME SCENE : Delhi Police Crime Branch had filed a charge sheet in 2013, for the match-fixing involving the late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje.

THE LATEST UPDATE : Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, the key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal of 2000 has been arrested in London on the request of Delhi Police.

THE LEGAL VIA : The court had issued extradition warrant (non-bailable warrant) against the accused Sanjeev Kumar Chawla

Face recognition for Aadhaar validation

NEWS : The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will enable Aadhaar authentication using face recognition from July 1 onwards.

WHY FACE RECOGNITION ?

People facing difficulty in other biometric authentication (fingerprint and Iris) could easily authenticate - UIDAI said in a statement

LIMITATION : However, this feature will be used only in “fusion mode”, along with one more existing mode of authentication such as fingerprint, iris or one-time password (OTP).

WAY FORWARD : Virtual ID

UIDAI introduced the concept of a virtual ID, which an Aadhaar holder can use in lieu of his/her Aadhaar number at the time of authentication, and sharing of ‘limited KYC’ with certain agencies. This was aimed at eliminating sharing and storing of Aadhaar numbers.

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