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Maharashtra to take action against illegal mobile towers

The state government said it conduct an inquiry against the errant officials from municipal corporations, as well as electricity board, who provided power for these illegal mobile towers


Maharashtra government will soon take action against illegal mobile towers in the state, Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil informed the Legislative Council on Wednesday.
Replying to questions raised by the Opposition, Patil said the government will conduct an inquiry within two months against illegal mobile towers built across the state.
He also informed the Council that 115 illegal mobile towers have been built in Akola district and conceded lapses on the part of the Akola Municipal Corporation.
The tower company had sought permission from the municipal corporation. Since it did not provide the required documents, the company was denied permission to build the towers, the Minister said.
But as it went ahead with the construction of towers, a notice was issued to it by the civic body to pay a fine. When the company refused to do so, its towers were sealed. The company later went to court against the municipal corporation and got its towers unsealed by paying the fine, Patil said.
The government will conduct an inquiry against the errant officials of the municipal corporation, as well as the electricity board who provided power for the functioning of these towers, he said.




2 years ago

Violation of MRTP Act?

Govt promotes nine as executive directors in public sector banks

Nine general managers are promoted as executive directors EDs in PSBs including Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Union Bank, Allahabad Bank, Syndicate Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and CUB Bank


The union government has promoted nine general managers from several public sector banks (PSBs) as executive directors (EDs).
According to a report from the Hindu, the nine general managers who have been appointed as executive directors are Ravindra Marathe ( from Bank of Baroda to Bank of India); KVR Moorthy (from Bank of Baroda to Bank of Baroda); Harideesh Kumar (from Vijaya Bank to Canara Bank); Kishore Piraji Kharat (Bank of Baroda to Union Bank); NK Sahoo (from Canara Bank to Allahabad Bank); Ravishankar Pandey (from Union Bank to Syndicate Bank); Rishab Lodha ( from Union Bank to Central Bank of India); Pawan Kumar Bajaj (from Bank of India to Indian Overseas Bank); and Charan Singh (from Bank of India to UCO Bank).
A panel headed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan had interviewed 35 candidates on 25 December 2014 in New Delhi.



Srinivasarao Ravindranath

2 years ago

How can it be CUB Ban for Mr Charan Singh? It is UCO Bank.

Sharing your mobile number? Think again!
Several mobile, especially smartphone users, are receiving marketing messages on WhatsApp. The app does not share or sell user data. How, then marketers are obtaining your mobile number? 
In the digital age, it becomes nearly impossible to find anyone not using a mobile (sometimes two or more) and readily sharing their number over internet or apps. Think about WhatsApp, whose numbers of users is mind-boggling. WhatsApp has over 700 million users, who send out more than 30 billion messages every day. Compare this with Twitter's user base of 284 million and Instagram's 300 million. That is the reason there is a sudden surge in marketing messages on WhatsApp.
Interestingly, more and more users of WhatsApp are receiving either an image and contact card from unknown numbers or from numbers that are not in their contacts list. So, how they are obtaining your personal number and sending you the message?
According to eScan, an anti-virus and content security solution provider, although the bulk marketing service from WhatsApp promises to send out mass text or image messages to hundreds of thousands of users who use the app, it may not be selling user data. eScan, quoting Jan Koum, who co-founded WhatsApp with Brian Acton, said, the messaging service collects very little data of its users. “This free app does not ask for user's e-mail address and does not even require a real sign up. The other things WhatsApp will not collect are: home address, GPS location, your likes and search history,” Koum had said.

Moreover, he also added that none of the user data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and that they really have no plans to collect and store user's data. WhatsApp has even added encryption for messages sent amongst its millions of users in order to prevent messages from being hacked or monitored, eScan said. 
The question therefore is if WhatsApp itself is not collecting and selling its users data, then from where are these companies getting the mobile numbers of millions of users?
According to eScan, it is users, who are to be blamed for openly sharing their mobile number across platforms without even considering its consequences. "We overshare our mobile number. Most of us accept 'Terms of Use' while installing any app on the mobile handset. We openly share our mobile number on social media and dating sites," eScan said.
Here are the possible scenarios where we do not even think while sharing our mobile number...
We overshare our mobile number:
Anytime we fill a form, not many of us really hesitate to give out our mobile number-whether it's a lucky draw, a signup form, contest entry, a warranty registration, or for social networking profile. Many of us also mention our phone number in the email signature. In such situations, there is always a chance that our mobile number can end up in someone else's hands.
Most of us accept 'Terms of Use' while installing any app:
Without even reading or understanding the 'Terms of Use', many users accept them. Few Apps such as flashlight app or almost all gaming apps do not require access to users' call logs or even contacts. We do not realize, however, that there is a lot of information that we provide when we say 'Yes, I accept'.
Sharing mobile number on dating sites:
Users sign up on dating and romance sites and easily provide their mobile numbers. At times, many of us get emotionally carried away and share other details as well on such sites.
Social media sites: 
Social networking sites display phone numbers and e-mail addresses of users. This is another way in which companies get our mobile number. Sometime back, Facebook admitted that six million of its members' phone numbers and email addresses were accidentally leaked for a period of about a year. However, Facebook blamed the leaks on a technical glitch. 
Product warranty cards: 
When a user register online for a new product that she wishes to purchase, the user needs to provide his contact number, names, addresses and e-mails, which can be sold to marketers and data brokers.
So, how you can keep your mobile number from oversharing or minimize the leakage?
eScan suggests a user should be careful and think twice before sharing her mobile number. Here are the suggestions from eScan...
Never be in a hurry to disclose your phone number. Ask yourself if it is really required for you to give your number. Maybe your-email address is enough.
Be careful when you register for contests and lucky draws. Read the fine print or contest terms closely that will specify whether the contest operators will sell your data to other companies.
Be cautious when registering at websites. Ask yourself if the website registration really requires your phone number.
When downloading or installing apps onto your smartphone, read the privacy policy and access right information before you install the app. As mentioned earlier, some apps such as flashlight app does not require access to your call logs or even contacts.
In addition, the user can use privacy guard feature that is available in some of the smartphones. But remember, since this feature requires root access, several of the top mobile brands will not provide this facility. In case you try to install a privacy guard, it will not be installed due to lack of root access or it will violate your warrantee. There are some smartphones that provide privacy guard feature. For example, Micromax Yureka that has inbuilt privacy guard but then this handset is not easily available and can be bought through online auction only. Better option, if permitted by your wallet, is to buy an Apple mobile that provide privacy controls for users.
In the meanwhile, just pause for a second and think again whether you really, really need to provide your mobile number with anyone. 



Mahesh S Bhatt

2 years ago

This is Corporate/Government snooping tool in disguise mode.

Google/Microsoft do share their feeds with NSA.US.

They profile eg Shah Rukh Khan got stuck at US airport due to poor profiling of his mail id with another terrorist.

Azam Khan UP Minister also met same fate.

How far sharing personal details is fair is ??.

Government already creates nuisance with Tax recoveries/with Digital cities snooping will be more with your property tax details/parking tickets details to the level when you switch on /off your lights also may be monitored??

Cities are having cameras for surveliance but what if guy/girl is veiled??

We are naives?
Be careful/cautious.

Another eg of Media glare abuse is Sunanda Puskar case?Why are we so interested in Sunanda because Media showed them on their marriage/cricket match etc which is personal.

Now this is case of public interest?Shashi Tharoor is facing heat of Media unneccessarity.

Safe/Secure rather than sorry & exposed.

Ask Monica Lewinsky first abused by Media.her personal state in the trail & post trial life.Fame brings its sets of nuinance.

This is 5 min fame 5 hours headache.More marketing pesky calls/etc

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