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Flip-flop over Ankit Fadia as 'Digital India' ambassador
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Digital India" campaign has evoked yet another controversy -- this time over the appointment of a brand ambassador for the campaign.
 
Even as news was doing the rounds that self-proclaimed "ethical hacker" Ankit Fadia, 30, has been named brand ambassador for the campaign, a statement by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology denied any such claims.
 
"There were certain news reports that there is a move to appoint a brand ambassador for 'Digital India' programme of the government. This is to clarify that there has been no such move to appoint a brand ambassador as reported," it said.
 
Curiously, an hour after the post on the government's publicity web site, it was withdrawn.
 
"It was posted inadvertently by one of our officials without securing proper sanction. We will get back to you by evening with the actual position," a spokesperson for the department told IANS, when asked for a response.
 
Fadia, who shot to fame when he was all of 15 with his book "Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking", stood his ground and said the appointment letter was issued on July 1 and signed by then IT secretary Ram Sewak Sharma, now chairman of the telecom watchdog.
 
"Yes! I posted the certificate on Facebook yesterday. I have emails from government as proof as well," Fadia told IANS in an SMS. The said post on Facebook alluded to his claims, pointing out that he had been retained for a period of one year to propagate products and applications.
 
His Facebook post also said: "Humbled and honored to be appointed as one of the brand ambassadors to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Digital India' initiative."
 
Earlier on Tuesday, Facebook sought to clarify on another controversy over "Digital India" -- in terms of the support for the initiative reportedly sought by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Critics on social media felt it also implied support for the much-criticised Internet.og initiative.
 
It started when Zuckerberg changed his profile picture on Facebook with a tint of green, saffron and white of the Tricolour in a symbolic gesture to suggest he supports Prime Minister Modi's "Digital India" campaign.
 
He asked others to follow suit.
 
Accordingly, a host of Facebook users started doing the same. But it was soon noticed that if you changed your display, the code below had a small bit with the word Internet.org -- an initiative netizens have been opposing for allegedly being anti-net neutrality. 
 
It thus sent out a feeling that support to "Digital India" also meant support for Internet.org. But Facebook later clarified that it was an inadvertent mistake by an engineer and that there was absolutely no connection between updating a profile picture for 'Digital India' and Internet.org
 
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SC dismisses Essar, Ruias plea
In a huge setback to corporate honcho Anshuman S. Ruia and Ravi S. Ruia and their company Essar Teleholding, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld their trial by the Special CBI court trying 2G scam cases, rejecting their plea that they should instead be tried by a magisterial court.
 
"Dismissed their plea and their writ petition," said apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rohinton F. Nariman in their judgement on Tuesday.
 
The Essar and Ruias had moved the Supreme Court contending that since they have been charged for cheating under section 420 of IPC and for conspiracy under section 120 B of IPC, therefore they can only be tried by the magisterial court and not by the special CBI court trying cases of the offences punishable under the provisions of prevention of corruption act.
 
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Mumbai airport, Taj Hotel on alert after terror threat
The Mumbai domestic and international airports and the iconic Taj Hotel nearby received a terror threat, following which security agencies went on an alert, official sources said here on Tuesday.
 
The airport manager on duty late Monday night received a call that the airport and the Taj Hotel outside the airport may be attacked.
 
Described as a "specific threat", the agencies concerned beefed up security at these locations.
 
The incident comes on the eve of the quantum of sentencing for the 12 convicted for the 7/11 Mumbai serial train blasts, scheduled to be pronounced on Wednesday.
 
Officials at Taj Hotel, near Gateway of India in South Mumbai - which was one of the prime targets during the 26/11 terror attacks - were not available for their reactions.
 
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