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Friday's Connector of the Day: Amitabh Bachchan

November 19th, 2009
05:28 PM ET

Amitabh Bachchan rose to fame in the early 1970s as one of the hot new faces of Bollywood and has since become one of the elder statesmen of Indian cinema, having won many major awards in his long career.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/09/art.bachchan.afp.gi.jpg caption="Amitabh Bachchan receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Mumbai Film Festival in 2009."]

As well as being an actor, Bachchan has also worked as singer, film producer and as a television presenter. He was also elected as a member of the Indian parliament from 1984 to 1987.

His career has not been without controversy: two years amid local elections in Uttar Pradesh he made a film in support of the Mulayam Singh government but his own party lost heavily in the elections.

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Are DNA databases a good idea?

November 19th, 2009
04:09 PM ET

The introduction of DNA technology in crime scene analysis has provided a valuable tool for detectives who might otherwise be struggling for clues in their race to track perpetrators and prevent further felonies. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/19/art.dnacomputer.jpg
caption="DNA tests can drastically speed up police work."]

But, while it professes to drastically reduce error in securing convictions, its advent is not without controversy –particularly over the setting up of DNA databases.

Several law enforcement bodies, primarily in Britain, Australia and the U.S. state of California, are currently using DNA databases to hold data that could be used to identify criminals at a later date, but debate rages over how far they should go.

Some proposals for databases envisage collecting and retaining data from citizens linked to crime, even if they are proved innocent. Others are more extensive, seeking data from all citizens, whether linked to a crime or not.

Those in favor of databases say they would speed up police work and help tackle terrorists using false identities. People who have not done anything wrong, they say, have nothing to fear.

Those against databases warn of "Big Brother" regimes that would turn their country's citizens into "a nation of suspects," using costly layers of bureaucracy that could be exploited by corrupt police and others illegally trading in personal data.

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