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Home Ministry refuses to give reasons behind allowing intelligence agencies to access computer data

In an RTI response to activist Venkatesh Nayak, the ministry has said the information is classified as "top secret" and it cannot be disclosed as it is exempted under Section 8(1)(a), 8(1)(g) and 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act.

No blanket powers to 10 agencies to intercept; every action requires prior approval: MHA

There is no new law, no new rules, no new procedure, no new agency, no blanket powers, no blanket authorisation and it is the same law, same rule, same procedure and the same agencies, an MHA official said.

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Govt bans Khalistan Liberation Force for alleged involvement in murders, bombings

The home ministry said the Jalandhar police also busted a KLF and Khalistan Zindabad Force module of four members and arrested the chief of KLF along with illegal arms and ammunition on November 7, 2014.

Monitoring of messages, emails: Most ‘misuse’ within three-day window for interception, say officials

Last week, the Home Ministry issued the order, authorising 10 central agencies to monitor, intercept and decrypt all data contained in any computer system, which received much flak from opposition parties.

India to allow business visa extension for up to 15 years

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said the number of e-Visas issued has seen a tremendous growth during the last four years from 5.17 lakh in 2015 to 21 lakh till November 30 this year.

Over 1.7 million foreigners visited India on e-visa in 2017: MHA

Under the e-visa scheme, an applicant receives an email authorising him or her to travel to India after it has been approved.

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Home Affairs Ministry asks paramilitary forces to prioritise schemes

In a circular, the ministry said time and again, it has been observed during audits and by the public accounts committee that the budget estimates and revised estimates are "unrealistic" and the supplementary demands obtained from Parliament have not been "fully utilised".

No ATM to be refilled after 9 pm from February 2019

The new directive has come in the wake of rising incidents of attacks on cash vans, cash vaults, ATM frauds and will come into effect from February 8, 2019.

Panel seeks changes in passport Act to prevent fraudsters from fleeing India

The home ministry had constituted a panel to look into the issue of Indian passport holders obtaining duel citizenship as has been the case of Choksi.

Home Ministry flags Chinese bank eyeing second branch in India

Sources said the MHA has voiced concerns that ICBC — the world’s largest bank by total assets — has employed more than the authorised number of Chinese nationals at its existing Mumbai branch.

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