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The big news: Centre tells SC it cannot track citizens with Aadhaar data, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi became Pakistan’s new prime minister, and LeT commander Abu Dujana was killed in an encounter in Pulwama.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Impossible to use Aadhaar data to track citizens, UIDAI tells Supreme Court: The Centre also argued that there was no real privacy in the online era anyway.
  2. Pakistan National Assembly announces Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as new prime minister: He won the election with 221 votes.  
  3. Top LeT commander in Jammu and Kashmir killed in Pulwama encounter, civilian dies in clashes: Abu Dujana’s accomplice Arif Lelhari was also shot dead by security forces.  
  4. CBI forms five-member team to investigate the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur: The Supreme Court had ordered the agency to set up a panel, and complete the investigation by December 31.
  5. No chance of AIADMK merger, party will not join NDA, says O Panneerselvam camp: Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar had said the talks between both the factions had been taking place continuously.
  6. Pakistani legislator quits Imran Khan’s party saying its female members face constant harassment: Ayesha Gulalai dismissed rumours that she was joining the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) after her resignation.
  7. Lalu Prasad Yadav accuses Bihar CM Nitish Kumar of being greedy for power: The RJD chief said the JD(U) leader was one of those who switched sides as per convenience.  
  8. Two Opposition leaders taken from homes, family members blameVenezuela President Nicolas Maduro: The Opposition said the whereabouts of the two men were currently unknown.  
  9. LPG cylinder price rise is ‘cruel and anti-people’, says Opposition:MPs from the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress and the Left stormed into the Well of the House to protest the decision.  
  10. All India Bodoland Minority Students’ Union president shot dead, indefinite strike announced: Two motorcycle-borne gunmen shot Lafiqul Islam Ahmed at Titaguri market, where he died.
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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.


2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

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