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67 technical institutes in Maharashtra operating without recognition
Information received under RTI from the Directorate of Technical Education reveals that 67 institutions offering technical courses in Maharashtra are functioning without recognition from AICTE
 
As much as 67 technical institutes in Maharashtra are operating without recognition from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
 
Activist Anil Galgali, who had filed the RTI, said, "Students seeking admission in these institutions are unaware of the status and then they get trapped as the certificates awarded by the institution/s lack any value and hampers the future of these students."
 
As on 23 December 2014, out of the 67 total institutions, the maximum 33 are operating from Mumbai, 13 in Navi Mumbai, eight in Pune, four in Thane, three in Nasik, two in Kalyan and one each in Bhiwandi, Ahmed Nagar, Aurangabad and Kolhapur, reveals information received from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). 
 
The list of institutions functioning without recognition include prominent institutions like Vasantdada Patil Pratishthan, which bears name of Maharashtra's former chief minister Vasantdada Patil, Ismail Yusuf College of Arts, Science and Commerce and the Elphinstone College from Mumbai. 
 
The list includes names of institutions that have more than one college which are unrecognized. College of Modern Technology and Engineering, College of Engineering and Management, Hello Technologies and Training Pvt Ltd, Kerrox Technologies Ltd, Trinity Academy for Corporate Training Ltd are the institutions that have branches in multiple places, which are functioning without any recognition from the AICTE. 
 
“The state government should pay attention to the issue and devise a special campaign to create awareness and also make institutions seek the necessary approvals and recognitions to ensure the students do not get trapped in the mess,” Galgali said.

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Sale of loose cigarettes now invites prison term in UP
Sale of loose cigarettes across Uttar Pradesh has been banned and deemed a penal offence with immediate effect, officials said here on Wednesday.
 
Manufacturing and sale of loose cigarettes would invite a fine and a prison sentence, according to the orders issued by principal secretary (health) Arvind Kumar. 
 
The state cabinet approved the move last week and with Governor Ram Naik signing an ordinance, the health department issued orders to the effect late on Tuesday.
 
As per the new law, anybody found selling loose cigarettes would be face a fine of Rs.1,000 and serve a one-year jail term.
 
Any individual violating the law for a second consecutive occasion would face a fine of Rs.3,000 and serve a three-year jail term.
 
Anybody caught manufacturing loose cigarettes will face a fine of Rs.10,000 and serve a five-year jail term. 
 
Police officials have been entrusted with the responsibility of enforcing the ban on manufacture and sale of loose cigarettes. 
 
The officials said the move was mooted by the state health department, following a spurt in diseases like tuberculosis and cancer.
 
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Verizon’s Zombie Cookie Gets New Life
Verizon is merging its cellphone tracking supercookie with AOL’s ad tracking network to match users’ online habits with their offline details
 
Verizon is giving a new mission to its controversial hidden identifier that tracks users of mobile devices. Verizon said in a little-noticed announcement that it will soon begin sharing the profiles with AOL’s ad network, which in turn monitors users across a large swath of the Internet. 
 
That means AOL’s ad network will be able to match millions of Internet users to their real-world details gathered by Verizon, including — “your gender, age range and interests.” AOL’s network is on 40 percent of websites, including on ProPublica. 
 
AOL will also be able to use data from Verizon’s identifier to track the apps that mobile users open, what sites they visit, and for how long. Verizon purchased AOL earlier this year. 
Privacy advocates say that Verizon and AOL’s use of the identifier is problematic for two reasons: Not only is the invasive tracking enabled by default, but it also sends the information unencrypted, so that it can easily be intercepted. 
 
“It’s an insecure bundle of information following people around on the Web,” said Deji Olukotun of Access, a digital rights organization.
 
Verizon, which has 135 million wireless customers, says it is will share the identifier with “a very limited number of other partners and they will only be able to use it for Verizon and AOL purposes,” said Karen Zacharia, chief privacy officer at Verizon.
 
In order for the tracking to work, Verizon needs to repeatedly insert the identifier into users’ Internet traffic. The identifier can’t be inserted when the traffic is encrypted, such as when a user logs into their bank account. 
 
Previously, Verizon had been sending the undeletable identifier to every website visited by smartphone users on its network — even if the user had opted out. But after ProPublica revealed earlier this year that an advertising company was using the identifier to recreate advertising cookies that users had deleted, Verizon began allowing users to truly opt-out, meaning that it won’t send the identifier to subscribers who say they don’t want it.
 
Verizon users are still automatically opted into the program. 
 
“I think in some ways it’s more privacy protective because it’s all within one company,” said Verizon’s Zacharia. “We are going to be sharing segment information with AOL so that customers can receive more personalized advertising.”
 
A recent report by Access found that other large carriers such as AT&T and Vodafone, are also using a similar technique to track their users. 
 
In order for Verizon users to opt-out, they have to log into their account or call 866—211—0874.
 
 

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