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PM Modi’s visit to develop India-UK relationship

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a three-day visit to Britain today. He will reach London this afternoon and start his visit by initiating talks with David Cameron. He will then address a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) post the bilateral talks.

“Leaving for UK. I am hopeful this visit will strengthen economic ties between India and UK & bring more investment to India. #makeinindia,” he tweeted before his departure.

 

He will pay a brief tribute to the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament Square, followed by an address at the House of Parliament. He would also deliver a speech at the Guildhall in the financial hub of London.

David Cameron indicates initiation on talks of defence, development partnership, security, climate change and energy in India-UK.

He is also expected to visit Jaguar Land Rover PLC, a premium automaker now owned by TATA, to represent India providing jobs to British people.

It is also a personal success for Modi, as he was boycotted by Britain for a decade post the Gujarat riots. But Cameron lifted the boycott in late 2012 and engaged in talks with Modi.

The international politics of both the countries have changed in the last 12 years. Economically strapped Britain has been seeking out China and India while an economically budding India is slowly attaining a position of some merit in international settings.

His visit to the UK is the first Prime Ministerial meeting in nearly a decade. He has had the opportunity to meet Cameron at various international forums, which have led to productive results. Cameron is a good friend of India’s, and we have had the privilege of welcoming him thrice during his first term as Prime Minister, said Modi on a Facebook post before he left for his three-day visit to Britain.

He would later head off to attend the G20 summit on Saturday, post inaugurating a statue of philosopher Basaveshwara and an Ambedkar memorial in London.

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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)