Threat To Citizen’s Rights and Privacy
IT has been reported that the European Union is considering banning facial regulation technology for at least five years to give time to handle 5G technology and prevent its misuse. Exceptions could be made for security projects, and research and development. Both developers and artificial intelligence users will have an EU authority to keep a tab on enforcement of new rules. This is unlike our government which has been jeopardising citizen’s privacy and security. There is anger and loss of trust building up against the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and it seems that the government is increasingly run by the interest of a religious majority. It appears that the widespread peaceful protests are going nowhere; the imposition of Section 144 of CrPC and snapping of Internet are becoming the first option. The push for e-governance, and facial recognition without first setting up proper infrastructure is an immature and thoughtless move.
JOHN ERIC GOMES, PORVORIM
Bane Of Vulgar Jokes
TIATR is a popular source of entertainment for Konkani lovers. It is more of a family entertainment, and people of all ages look forward to enjoy the comedy that has become an integral part of the show. At times, it is the comedians acting in a particular tiatr who attract the crowd. Hence the comedians should not indulge in cheap and vulgar jokes in order to make the audience laugh. There could be several children watching the tiatr along with their parents. Tiatr comedians must avoid jokes with double meaning, which can be a cause of embarrassment for the parents accompanying their children. The comedians should use clean jokes which can have everyone in splits. Cheap and vulgar jokes should have no place in Konkani tiatr.
ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO
Spectre Of Coronavirus
THE spectre of coronavirus is spooking the whole world especially China where as many as 26 people are reported to have died. More than 800 people have been infected by the virus in that country. The disheartening news is that the disease is spreading. As a result, Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings. China has also warned people against travelling to Wuhan. The appeal came as the World Health Organisation convened a meeting of experts to advise whether the outbreak should be declared a global emergency. An Indian nurse working in Saudi Arabia has tested positive to the novel coronavirus. This disease does not currently have an effective medicine treatment or vaccine, although efforts to develop some are underway. To prevent infection, the WHO recommends regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness. In the light of the outbreak of this disease, India has to take all precautionary measures to prevent outbreak of the disease in our country. The Union health ministry must give all the needed advice to people on the disease.
T K NANDANAN, KOCHI
The central government has issued a travel advisory to its citizens particularly for Wuhan, where about 500 Indian medical students are studying. The government also announced that passengers arriving at the Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport from China would undergo thermal screening, which has now been extended to six other major international airports.