India’s retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products comes into effect

New Delhi: India has raised tariffs on 28 items exported from the US with effect from Sunday in retaliation to America’s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products from 5 June. The final notification of tariffs issued by the finance ministry late on Saturday night, minutes before the tariffs came into force, does not include one item that was there in the earlier list, artemia, a type of shrimp. The commerce ministry had on Friday made public India’s intention to go ahead with imposition of duty on American products, a move…

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Opinion | When it comes to surveillance, who will watch the watchman?

The Government of India’s recent notification allowing all central security and investigative agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt “any information on any computer” resulted in protests of a surveillance state. The government was quick to clarify that these “investigative” powers had been previously provided to agencies under the IT (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules 2009, which flowed under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act. Rule 4 of the 2009 guidelines allowed an agency of the government to “intercept, monitor or decrypt information generated, transmitted, received or stored in…

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