Today’s top tech news: Aadhar could be a ‘master database’ of Indian citizens, NASA has a fail safe in place in case Artemis goes wrong and Indiamart’s CEO is celebrating the company's 25% jump in value

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Today’s top tech news: Aadhar could be a ‘master database’ of Indian citizens, NASA has a fail safe in place in case Artemis goes wrong and Indiamart’s CEO is celebrating the company's 25% jump in value
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  • The Economic Survey 2018-19 is making a case to use Aadhaar as a ‘master database’ for every citizen.
  • The Economic Survey 2018-19 also highlights how technology has helped plug leaks and corruption in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
  • NASA successfully tests the launch abort system for its upcoming manned Moon mission, Artemis.
  • Dinesh Agarwal, the CEO and founder of Indiamart, is celebrating the 25% jump in the company’s valuation since its gone public.
  • Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is collaborating with Facebook to launch a ‘digital literacy’ campaign in India claiming to be largest campaign of its kind in the country.
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​India's latest economic survey makes a case to use Aadhaar to create a master database for every citizen

​India's latest economic survey makes a case to use Aadhaar to create a master database for every citizen


The Indian Economic Survey 2018-19 has a whole chapter dedicated to how the Indian government is using the data of its citizens. It recommends that all the data that is currently spread out between different departments and private institutions should be linked back to the Aadhaar database at the centre.

Tracking users activities using the Aadhaar database has been a contentious issue in the country ever since the biometric identification system launched.

​Technology plugged the leaks in India’s ₹60,000 crore rural employment guarantee scheme

​Technology plugged the leaks in India’s ₹60,000 crore rural employment guarantee scheme

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNRES) has often been called into question for having too many leaks in the system and being victim of corruption. According to the Economic Survey 2018-19 highlights that technology has helped rectify the situation by using technology to make the systems processes more efficient — like the JAM trinity that includes Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile payments.

The integration of National Electronic Fund Management System (NeFMS) has also helped filter any ‘ghost’ beneficiaries out of the system by keeping track of the workers who sign up and the ones that actually show up for work.

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Mukesh Ambani and Mark Zuckerberg join hands to target millions of India's first time internet users

Mukesh Ambani and Mark Zuckerberg join hands to target millions of India's first time internet users

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is collaborating with Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking platform, Facebook, to launch a digital literacy campaign in India. ‘Digital Udaan’ plans to educate users on how to use a JioPhone, its features and the apps that available — including Facebook.

The company claims in the ‘largest literacy program’ in India till date.

NASA just made sure its astronauts will be safe if the 2024 Artemis mission to the Moon fails

NASA just made sure its astronauts will be safe if the 2024 Artemis mission to the Moon fails

NASA successfully tested its launch abort system for the Artemis mission — the US space agency’s manned mission to the Moon. The system allows for astronauts to jump ship safely in case something goes wrong during the launch. The concept, in itself, isn’t new but the mission Orion capsule is a new piece of hardware.

NASA conducted the three minute test from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida using a Peacemaker missile acquired from the US Air Force.

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Indiamart founder CEO Dinesh Agarwal is celebrating a 25% jump in value at listing says Indian e-commerce is a ‘winner takes all’ market

Indiamart founder CEO Dinesh Agarwal is celebrating a 25% jump in value at listing says Indian e-commerce is a ‘winner takes all’ market

Indiamart was the first company to go public after the Lok Sabha election earlier this year. The company's CEO and founder, Dinesh Agarwal, is happy about the company jumping 25% in value after launching its IPO.