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India could be snooping on its citizens - like the US !
Report dated 09/06/2013 @ 2:08 PM
A leading global rights organisation has expressed serious doubts about the intent of India's Central Monitoring System (CMS) that began rolling out in April.
The CMS allows the government to monitor phone and Internet communications, text messages etc and Internet use by government agencies, bypassing service providers. The Human Rights Watch called it a chilling threat "given its reckless and irresponsible use of the sedition and the Internet laws.
The Watch said new surveillance capabilities have been used around the world to target critics, journalists and human rights activists, that are often used by governments and bureaucrats for political reasons, and often in a covert way that violates human rights. India at present does not have in place a privacy law to protect against arbitrary intrusions.
In India's case, in 2012 a university professor was arrested in West Bengal for circulating an email with pictures that poked fun at the chief minister. In September police in Mumbai arrested a political cartoonist for his work on political corruption. Police in Puducherry arrested a businessman for posting messages on Twitter questioning the wealth amassed by the son of the country's finance minister. In November two girls were arrested in Maharashtra for a post on Facebook questioning the shut down of their city after the death of a powerful political leader.
The Central government then issued an advisory to all state governments requiring prior approval from senior officers. In May 2013 the Supreme Court directed all States to carry out the government advisory, making it mandatory for police to obtain clearance from high ranking officials.
'Ineffective' Ghaziabad Mayor forced to wear bangles !
Report dated 08/06/2013 @ 12:48 PM
During a Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation budget meeting, protesters started heckling Mayor Teluram Kamboj and forced him to wear bangles because of the shoddy work being done by the Corporation. They said Kamboj had proved to be an ineffective administrator.
The distressed Mayor said a woman councilor forced him to wear a bangle and others threw bangles at him. They also tried to snatch the gun of his security person
72-year-old Kamboj said he has filed a complaint against six persons including two women councilors and their husbands.
The Municipal Corporation Union has, in response, called a strike and promises to continue their agitation till action is taken against the offenders who misbehaved with the Mayor.
New Real Estate law will finally give relief to Delhi buyers
Report dated 07/06/2013 @ 2:13 PM
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Capital's biggest landlord, will soon have to adjust itself and follow the changes that will be implemented when the Real Estate Regulatory Authority Bill, created by the Cabinet comes into force after the Parliament ratifies it.
The Bill elaborately defines the term 'promoter' to include private developers and government agencies that are building and selling residential houses. This will henceforth automatically bring development agencies like the DDA under the ambit of the legislation.
Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Ajay Maken, said the Bill will go a long way in providing redressal to people who have bought flats, but were left dissatisfied with the construction quality and the facilities that were provided.
Desperately poor family chooses suicide in Vibrant Gujarat
Report dated 06/06/2013 @ 1:09 PM
Tired of their continuing financial crisis and abject poverty, three members of a family, including two girls, allegedly committed suicide in Bhavnagar.
Asha Parmar, 35, drank poison along with her two daughters Jaishree, 9, and Bhavika, 4.
Asha's husband Shiva Parmar died of tuberculosis recently, leaving behind his wife, 3 daughters and a son. One daughter and the son were not home when the suicide took place.
Asha's father-in-law informed the police about the tragedy.
Punters won't pay for 'fixed' IPL matches - bookies lose bigtime
Report dated 04/06/2013 @ 2:53 PM
Punters who placed bets on matches that were involved in the spot fixing racket have refused to pay up, causing losses worth Rs.5000 crore to Mumbai bookies.
Many of the punters are women, some sources say as many as 200, with clout in Bollywood and political circles, who have said a loud NO to paying their bets. The betters claim the bookies cheated them. It is even said that when a bookie threatened retribution one woman retaliated by threatening to lodge a rape case against him. The bookie beat a hasty retreat.
Others in the betting circle include a sitting Congress corporator, and a Sena corporator whose husband is a notorious criminal.
The old time adage 'cheaters never prosper' seems to be working when it comes to cricket and its hierarchy of big money.