Current Affairs Today (English) Date: 23.07.2017

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TNPSC Current Affairs Today (English) Date: 23.07.2017: 

75% PANs yet to be linked with Aadhaar
  • If you are one of those yet to link your PAN card with Aadhaar as directed by the Income Tax department, you are among the majority . Data tabled by ministry of finance in the Lok Sabha on Friday shows just 25% of PAN card holders had linked it with Aadhaar as on July 17. There were 32.41 crore PAN cards in the country as on July 17, the ministry said in a reply to a unstarred question in the Lower House. Of this, only 8.19 crore were linked with authenticated Aadhaar numbers.
India 3rd largest terror target after Iraq & Afghanisthan, says US report:
  • India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016, with higher fatalities and injuries than its restive neighbour, according to data compiled by the US state department.
  • The data, analysed by a national consortium for the study of terrorism and responses to terrorism, contracted with the US state department, reveals India is third after Iraq and Afghanistan in terms of terror attacks. Pakistan had held the position earlier.
  • Out of 11,072 terror attacks in 2016 worldwide, India bore the brunt of 927, 16% more than 2015 (798). The number of deaths in India also rose 17% from 289 in 2015 to 337 last year while the number of injured increased from 500 in 2015 to 636 last year. On the other hand, the number of terror attacks in Pakistan reduced by 27% to 734 in 2016 from 1,010 in 2015.
Nilekani moots legislation for people’s control over data:
  • Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has mooted a new data protection and empowerment law to ensure that individuals have control over their data and can ask service providers to return the data stored with them. Acknowledging that privacy issues currently being considered by a nine-judge Supreme Court Bench are important, he said the larger issue is to get citizens to use their own data more effectively. Mr Nilekani also backed China’s approach of compelling companies to host Chinese users’ data within the country, instead of overseas.
Chennai doctor honoured in Goa:
  • Chennai-based professor of psychiatry and leading specialist in neuro behavioural medicine, Dr. U. Gauthamadas was presented the ‘Most Trusted Neuro-psychiatrist of the Year’ Award at the Rising Leadership Awards held in Goa .
Becker Wrecker’ Doohan passes away:
  • Peter Doohan, who famously upset Boris Becker at Wimbledon, has died at the age of 56, Tennis Australia (TA) said on 22 July 2017.Doohan reached a career-high world ranking of 43 and won five titles.
Microsoft now benefits from fear it once instilled:
  • Microsoft is now benefiting from the fear it once instilled. The software titan’s transition into cloud computing has caused it some pain, but the latest results suggest Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s bold move is paying off. Burgeoning worries about Amazon’s and Alphabet’s dominance probably help. It’s an ironic twist for once-almighty Microsoft.
In China, Silicon Valley giants confront new walls:
  • There are issues beyond offending censors. The Chinese internet culture is different and at times quirky. And the technical requirements of China’s internet filters can make operating difficult. Engineers often have to find alternatives to the services technology companies rely on outside China.
  • Facebook’s problem in China is simple: Neither its website nor its app is accessible in the country. Both were blocked in 2009, shortly after ethnic rioting in western China. In autumn 2014, the umbrella protests in Hong Kong prompted the block of Instagram, which Facebook owns.
Courtesy: The Hindu / The Time of India

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