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‘Digi Yatra’ : Central Government working on a new initiative to ease Security and Boarding Procedure

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New Delhi, April 29, 2017: Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Friday said the central government is working on a new initiative to ease the security and boarding procedure — ‘Digi Yatra’ — which will use Aadhaar card or passport number and a digital mode to verify passengers.

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation revealed about the new initiative at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) annual session 2017 themed ‘Future of Globalisation: Can India Lead?’ here.

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According to the Minister, a “working group” has been set up to streamline the modalities of the new initiative which will be introduced in phases.

Speaking on the government’s regional air connectivity scheme, UDAN, which was launched on April 27, Sinha said it will create additional 100 airports over the next 2-3 years.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the highly-subsidised regional air connectivity scheme from Shimla.

The Rs 2,500-an-hour flight launched on Thursday is part of ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN) scheme that makes air travel more affordable to the common people.

It also plans to enhance connectivity with more airports in the country.

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The first regional flight under the scheme was flagged off between Shimla and Delhi from Jubbarhatti, the tabletop airport located 2,196 metres above the sea level and 22 km from Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla.

Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air, which will operate the Delhi-Shimla flight, has fixed the one-way fare at Rs 2,036.

According to the Minister, the UDAN scheme has market-friendly features such as removal of airport and navigation charges, reduction in ATF (air turbine fuel) taxes and routes exclusivity for three years which would incentivise air passenger carriers. (IANS)

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Apple Working on Technology to Secure iPhone Users’ Privacy

The FBI finally gained access to the encrypted iPhone of one of the terrorists without Apple's help

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Apple is working on an anti-snooping technology that will prevent law enforcement agencies from tracking mobile phone users’ locations or read their messages.

According to a report in The Telegraph on Sunday, the iPhone maker has patented the technology that encrypts information between an iPhone and a mobile network.

“The technology would hinder so-called ‘Stingray’ boxes, which mimic phone masts and can be used to track phone users’ locations and listen in on phone calls,” said the report.

Stingrays can be exploited by hackers, too, to access mobile users’ data.

The Apple technology would put end-to-end encryption to a phone’s unique ID, thus inhibiting the use of “Stingray” boxes used to track users’ locations.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Also known as “IMSI” catchers, “Stingrays” are used by some police forces in Britain but the extent of their use has not been revealed.

Apple is fighting global pressure to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to access data from an encrypted iPhone.

Australia and Britain have passed laws in this direction while India is also considering a law that would give authorities access to some data.

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Apple refused the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) demand to unlock an iPhone owned by the shooter who killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Centre in San Bernardino, California in December 2015.

The FBI finally gained access to the encrypted iPhone of one of the terrorists without Apple’s help. (IANS)