QWrap: Cow Vigilantes in UP; Navy’s All-Woman Crew Brave Storm

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1. Aadhaar Virtual ID: How to Use UIDAI’s New Damage Control Measure

On Wednesday, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) announced the introduction of Virtual IDs or VIDs – the latest of its damage control measures post reports of a data breach in the Aadhaar database emerging last week.

On Thursday morning, a tweet by UIDAI lent some clarity to what these Virtual IDs are expected to do. But we bet you’ve still got a thousand questions about it. The Quint answers them for you.

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2. Review: ‘Mukkabaaz’ Is So Much More Than Just Another Sports Film

The Hindi heartland, with its grime, sweat and prejudices, somehow always proves to be the perfect turf for Anurag Kashyap to display his best – with Mukkabaaz, he pulls no punches.

From taking on cow vigilantes to the disturbingly vocal class and caste venom
being spewed, he spares no one. So to look at Mukkabaaz as merely a sports film is to see just a quarter of the movie.

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3. US Issues New Travel Advisory, Ranks India at Level Two of Caution

The US on Wednesday, 10 January, issued a new travel advisory for countries including India, which has been termed "user friendly" by officials as it is based on ready-to-understand level of advice ranging from one to four.

India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution) while Pakistan has been placed in Level 3 (reconsider travel). Level 1 advises travellers to exercise normal precaution, while Level 4, which has countries like Afghanistan, recommends "Do Not Travel."

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4. 2 Dalit Men Beaten Up, Heads Shaved for ‘Cow Theft’ in UP’s Ballia

Two Dalit men were allegedly beaten by Hindu Yuva Vahini activists in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district after they were accused of cow theft on 8 January. They were tonsured and paraded on Ghazipur road in Rasra town, while being made to hold and wear placards that read “cow thief”.

The Indian Express quoted police as saying that the men – identified as Uma and Sonu – are both farmers aged 22 who hail from a neighbouring village. The two were arrested after an FIR was filed on the complaint of one Pravin Srivastava, under section 379 and 411 (punishment for theft) of IPC for allegedly stealing cows.

“The two youths admitted to stealing the calves and we have arrested them for cow theft. We have also registered a cross FIR against 15 persons on charges of assault and under sections of the SC/ST Act because the two youths are Dalits. We have arrested one Shambhu Malla. The rest are yet to be identified and footage and photos are being examined”, Circle Officer (CO), Rasra, Avadhesh Kumar Chaudhary told Indian Express.

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5. Navy’s All-Woman Crew Onboard INSV Tarini Brave Pacific Storm

An all-women team of the Indian Navy, who set out to circumnavigate the globe in September 2017, are braving a storm over the Pacific Ocean. The storm struck as the crew was enroute the Falkland Islands, reports ANI.

The team on board the INSV Tarini set sail from Goa last year, as part of the ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ project – which is considered to be the first attempt made by an all-women crew to circumnavigate the planet. The crew is scheduled to complete the expedition in five legs, with stopovers at four different ports of Fremantle, Australia; Lyttleton, New Zealand; Port Stanley, the Falklands; and Cape town, South Africa, reports The Hindu.

According to the visuals that have been shared by the Indian Navy and reshared by ANI, the women crew are seen mastering their way through an intensified storm.

Their expedition drew praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last year.

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