Daily Briefing: Data protection bill gets Cabinet approval; Unrest in Eknath Shinde Cabinet; and more


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The Union Cabinet has approved the draft data protection Bill, paving the way for its introduction in the Monsoon session of Parliament. If passed, the law will become India’s core data governance framework.

While the contents of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill will remain confidential until it is brought to Parliament, The Indian Express has learnt that some of the most contentious issues flagged by experts in the November draft have been retained. We take a look at the concerns around the Bill, and what is likely to change.

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T C A Raghavan, India’s former High Commissioner to Pakistan, spoke to The Indian Express on the cult of Imran Khan, the role of the Pakistan Army and strategic implications for India. Read here.

The Maharashtra political drama continues to unfold. With Ajit Pawar expressing his desire to be the Chief Minister “some day,” speculations are rife that there could be changes at the top. Who is in the line of fire? Eknath Shinde. Sources in the BJP, however, told The Indian Express that the party does not have any plan to replace Eknath Shinde from the CM post for the time being.

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Four months after its license for receiving foreign donations was revoked, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), one of the country’s leading public policy think tanks that works with several state governments and Central ministries, has lost the tax exemption status it had for almost five decades.

Wednesday was a special day for best friends Thaja and Selina. After more than two months of not being able to meet, the two class 8 students were inseparable as their school in Imphal reopened its doors for the first time since violence tore across the state. While the excitement was high in schools across the state, the turnout was low.

Taiwan announced that it will open a new office in Mumbai — its third in India, after Delhi and Chennai. This is being viewed as a strategic move by Taipei, as its ‘China-Plus-one’ strategy aims at encouraging businesses to expand their operations outside of China while maintaining their presence in that country.

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In his Opinion column, Syed Ata Hasnain laments the state of affairs in Manipur, expressing concern over the increasing degree of antagonism between the Meiteis and Kukis communities: “I have always believed that such conflicts do not end with military or even political solutions — these are only steps in the process of achieving the ends. The ends inevitably mean a people-to-people understanding.”

In a first, the Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for Girls in Punjab, which has been conducting a training regime for graduate girl students who aspire to join the armed forces, has inducted a batch of girls who have cleared Class 10, to prepare them for the National Defence Academy. Among them are daughters of farmers, anganwadi workers, teachers, ex-servicemen and serving Defence personnel, all of whom dream of being commissioned as officers someday.

Steve Smith’s one hundredth Test match, which he will play for his country on Thursday, is primarily a triumph of his imagination, his quest to reproduce the imaginary world in real life. There is a reason Virat Kohli termed Smith as the “best batsman of this generation”. There has not been anyone quite like him; not could there be anyone like him.

And finally…

Continuing an astonishing series of record-breaking warming events this year, the past Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and July 4, have been measured to be the hottest two days for the earth ever. July 3 was the first time that the global average daily temperature crossed the 17 degree Celsius mark. But scientists expect more such record-breaking events in the near future. We explain.

After skipping the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Union minister G Kishan Reddy, who was recently appointed as Telangana BJP chief, also missed the National Culture Fund meet. Even as no official reason was cited for Reddy’s absence from the two events, some say it could be an indication of his likely exit from the Union Cabinet, given the party’s one-person-one-post rule. Don’t miss today’s Delhi confidential for more!

? In today’s episode of our ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss a recent study that looked at how much the private sector has invested in the past 5 years, the highlights of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and the latest developments from conflict-ridden Manipur.

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