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Aadhaar faces biggest test tomorrow, here's what you should know

Aadhaar faces biggest test tomorrow, here's what you should know

Finance
NEW DELHI: Five years after the first petition was filed challenging the validity of Aadhaar, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will begin hearing the petitions against Aadhaar tomorrow. In August, a nine-judge Constitution Bench headed by then Chief Justice of India JS Khehar had ruled that privacy was a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. Now the government has to convince the Supreme Court that forcing citizens to give a sample of their fingerprints and their iris scan does not violate privacy. The government can only place reasonable restrictions on limited grounds such as national sovereignty and security, public order, decency, etc, as specified in Article 19 (2) of the Constitution. The petitioners are challenging the nature ...
Tech 2017: BBC News Online's biggest technology stories

Tech 2017: BBC News Online's biggest technology stories

Technology
For many, 2017 will be defined by fake news and the fight-back against it. Others will point to the blog that uncovered sexism and sexual harassment at Uber, helping force the resignation of the ride-hailing firm's founder and paving the way for other controversies to be uncovered.Gamers may prefer instead to celebrate Nintendo's revival thanks to its Switch console, and motorists to highlight Elon Musk's desire to electrify the trucking industry.But you, BBC Tech's readers, focused your attention elsewhere - at least as far as our figures on what you clicked on suggest.Below are the stories you made most popular for each month of the year.January: Undesired dimensionThe quiet death of 3D TV was the first of the year's big stories. When Sony and LG unveiled their new television ranges at t...
The biggest risk you face when choosing between a human and a robo-advisor

The biggest risk you face when choosing between a human and a robo-advisor

Finance
The choice you make for how you want to receive professional financial advice can make or break your portfolio.Investors today have four main choices for how they want to receive financial advice, Ron Carson, founder and CEO of the Carson Group, said in an interview with CNBC.com.You can either go the traditional route and work with a human financial advisor or opt to work exclusively with a robo-advisor. Or you can select a bionic offering, which is a combination of both, or choose to work with a financial advisor on a retainer-fee basis.More from Investor Toolkit:Advisors turn to life coaches and counselorsRetirees leave $ 100B in Social Security benefits on tableHow much those advisor fees are costing youThe decision you make should be based on your personal goals, needs and objectives,...
Ripple surges 89% in single day, briefly becomes third biggest digital currency

Ripple surges 89% in single day, briefly becomes third biggest digital currency

Finance
Ripple is vying with bitcoin cash to be the third-largest cryptocurrency by market value.Ripple, or XRP, surged 89 percent Thursday to a record high of 89.2 cents and was last trading near 81 cents, giving it a market value of $ 31.6 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.Those gains temporarily pushed ripple's market value past that of bitcoin's offshoot bitcoin cash, and into third place just behind the largest digital currencies, bitcoin and ethereum, according to CoinMarketCap. The website showed bitcoin cash had regained third place by late Thursday afternoon, with a market value of $ 32.1 billion. Ripple surpassed the market value of litecoin on Wednesday after starting the week in fifth place by cryptocurrency market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap. Ripple seven-day performa...
Rail fare rise biggest for five years

Rail fare rise biggest for five years

Business
Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 3.4% from 2 January.The increase, the biggest since 2013, covers regulated fares, which includes season tickets, and unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets.The Rail Delivery Group admitted it was a "significant" rise, but said that more than 97% of fare income went back into improving and running the railway.A passenger group said the rise was "a chill wind" and the RMT union called it a "kick in the teeth" for travellers.The rise in regulated fares had already been capped at July's Retail Prices Index inflation rate of 3.6%.The fare increase is above the latest Consumer Prices Index inflation figure of 3%, which was a five-and-a-half year high. Are you joining the '£5k commuter club'?The chief executive of passenger watchdog