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International card cloning gang member held in Delhi
New Delhi : A 25-year-old member of an international credit and debit card cloning gang has been arrested here for cheating many people across India by withdrawing money from their accounts, police said on Tuesday.
 
Pankaj Bhardwaj, a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Monday from the India Gate area in a joint operation by Delhi and Mumbai police.
 
"Members of the card cloning gang are spread across Dubai, Mumbai and Delhi," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav said.
 
Mumbai police came to know about such a gang active in Dadar area after it received several complaints from Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and some southern states that money was being withdrawn from the accounts of some people through different ATMs.
 
"Following the complaint, Mumbai police recently arrested a man named Nisar from Dadar when he was withdrawing money from an ATM. More than 20 cloned ATM cards were recovered from him," the officer said.
 
Mumbai police sought assistance from Delhi Police when it knew that Nisar used to send cash to a man named Sumair Sheikh through a 'hawala' operator based in Delhi.
 
"We identified the local hawala operator as Pankaj Bhardwaj and arrested him," the officer said.
 
Bhardwaj told interrogators that he used to receive the amount sent by Ansari and some other gang members on behalf of Sheikh, who stays in Dubai.
 
At the instance of Sheikh, interrogators said Bhardwaj used to buy bitcoins -- a cryptographic, digital and experimental currency introduced in the digital world in 2008 -- and transfer the same online to Sheikh who encashed it.
 
Bhardwaj used to get a handsome share from this amount, the officer said.
 
The value of one bitcoin is equivalent to Rs.24,633, the officer said.
 
"Sheikh would procure data of debit and credit cards through his sources and his associates in Mumbai cloned the cards, withdrew the money and forwarded the amount after keeping their share to Delhi through hawala for him.
 
"But instead of receiving the amount directly, Sheikh would ask Bhardwaj to collect the money from the Hawala operator," the officer said.
 
Bhardwaj admitted to have forwarded bitcoins equivalent to more than Rs.30 lakh to Sheikh in last 4-5 months.
 
He recently received Rs.14 lakh from Mumbai and forwarded bitcoins of Rs.5 lakh to Sheikh. Police recovered Rs.8 lakh from his house.
 
Bhardwaj works at Secure Bitcoins Traders Pvt. Ltd. in Pitampura in west Delhi as an operations manager.
 
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Is Youtube making money out of I&B ministry's content, HC asks Google
New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked Google Inc and Google India whether its video sharing site Youtube was making money out of content placed by the Indian information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry.
 
A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the counsel representing Google to take instruction in this regard and file an affidavit on the issue.
 
Advocate Virag Gupta, appearing for former BJP ideologue K.N. Govindacharya, who filed the PIL, told the court that the government has given rights to its contents to Google free of cost which he said was "illegal".
 
He added that Google is using the same content to generate money through advertisements.
 
To this, the bench said: "Youtube is accessible to millions, so government is actually saving money. If the government is to telecast an event through Youtube, is it not a free of cost advertisement for it?"
 
It also asked Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain to file affidavit on agreements that the central government has with other companies such as Facebook, Twitter and other social networking app like Whatsapp.
 
During the hearing, advocate Gupta also alleged that Google was dodging the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of spending 2 per cent of its average net profit in India.
 
CSR is an enforceable law in India under the Companies Act and applies to Indian Companies including foreign companies operating in India with effect from April 1, 2014.
 
He further contended that as per contracts the government has with Google, it was "transferring/ surrendering" all intellectual property rights of the data being uploaded. He added: "These are government data and its rights cannot be surrendered."
 
The court was hearing a PIL by filed by Govindacharya raising questions on social media usage by the government.
 
The next hearing will be held on March 9.
 
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Backward classes panel for quota in private sector
New Delhi : The National Commission of Backward Classes has written to the social justice ministry to bring a bill for providing 27 percent reservation for backward classes in private sector jobs, a member said on Tuesday.
 
Shakeel-uz-Zaman Ansari said that panel had sent its recommendation for a bill for private sector quota to the ministry ahead of the budget session of parliament that begins February 23, adding the decision to make the recommendation was taken at a meeting of the panel held earlier this month.
 
He said the issue had been taken up by the commission in "a routine manner" as part of its work for the welfare of backward classes. 
 
"We have made a specific recommendation to bring a bill to provide 27 percent reservation in private sector jobs to OBCs," he said. 
 
He said the issue of reservation in private sector jobs was not new and suggestions have also been made for reservation in private sector for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
 
The commission is a statutory body under the social justice ministry.
 
The government has said in the past that there is no proposal under its consideration for reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in the private sector. 
 
It had formed a coordination committee under the chairmanship of the principal secretary to prime minister in October 2006 to carry forward the dialogue with industry on affirmative action for SCs and STs. 
 
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