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Muslim organisation issues Fatwa against Patanjali products
Chennai : Muslim organisation Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ) has issued a 'fatwa' against yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali products for containing cow urine, an official said.
 
"Use of cow urine is forbidden ('haram') in Islam. Any product made with cow urine is forbidden. Since Ramdev's Patanjali products have cow urine as an ingredient, we have issued a 'fatwa' (edict) against the products," M. Mohammed Yusuf, TNTJ state general secretary, told IANS on Wednesday.
 
According to him, the edict is against all products in which cow urine is used as an ingredient.
 
TNTJ said the ruling was issued to ensure that Muslims do not use the products without being aware of the forbidden ingredient.
 
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Subramani P K

11 months ago

Patanjali establishment or their distributors are not the looser because of the ban by the muslim organisation. The muslim population who get good quality product at competitive rates will be the looser. Besides if they can eat cow why not the urine which is a medicine for so many diseases. Really funny way of dealing with men & material& how religion is being misused/abused.

TRAI extends comments deadline on differential pricing
New Delhi : The Indian telecom regulator has extended the date of submission of comments by another week, till Jan 7, for the consultation paper on "differential pricing", official sources said on Wednesday.
 
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) sources said all the comments should reach the regulator with Jan 7 and the regulator will come out with counter-comments by Jan 14.
 
The deadline for receiving comments was ending on Wednesday.
 
Differential pricing on data services is an important aspect of net neutrality.
 
The TRAI on December 9 said differential pricing of data services by various operators might potentially go against the principle of non-discriminatory tariff and sought comments or opinions from stakeholders.
 
It said some service providers were offering differential data tariff, either free or discounted, on certain contents of particular websites, applications or platforms.
 
"The objective of offering such schemes is claimed to be the desire of various service/content/platform providers to enable consumers, especially the poor, to access certain content on the Internet free of charge," the sector regulator said.
 
It said potentially, both positive and negative effects arise from an economic and regulatory perspective where reduced rates are tied to specific content.
 
"On the one hand, it appears to make overall Internet access more affordable by reducing costs of certain types of content. On the other hand, several negative effects might ensue. Differential tariffs result in classification of subscribers based on the content they want to access. This may potentially go against the principle of non-discriminatory tariff," it added.
 
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IIT, IISc faculty slam Facebook's Free Basics
Kolkata : Academicians from India's premier institutes IITs and IISc have slammed Facebook's Free Basics initiative, terming it "flawed" and "misleading".
 
In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, around 50 faculty members from IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kharagpur, Madras, Patna) and IISc Bengaluru have denounced the proposal dubbing it a "lethal combination that will lead to total lack of freedom on how Indians can use the internet".
 
Listing three major flaws in the programme, the scientists urged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to "thoroughly reject" Facebook's "free basics" proposal.
 
"The first obvious flaw in the proposal is that Facebook assumes control of defining what a 'basic' service is.
 
"Facebook will have access to all your apps' contents.
 
"This flaw is not visible to the lay person as it's a technical detail, but it has deep and disturbing implications. Since Facebook can access un-encrypted contents of users' 'basic' services, either we get to consider health apps to be not basic, or risk revealing health records of all Indians to Facebook.
 
"The third flaw is that the term 'free' in 'free basics' is a marketing gimmick."
 
The academicians said that the 'Free Basics' proposal "is flawed as above is alarming but not surprising, for it violates one of the core architectural principles of internet design: net neutrality.
 
"Compromising net neutrality, an important design principle of the internet, would invariably lead to deep consequences on people's freedom to access and use information.
 
"We, therefore, urge that the TRAI should support net neutrality in its strongest form, and thoroughly reject Facebook's 'free basics' proposal."
 
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R Balakrishnan

11 months ago

IF Facebook succeeds, it will clearly demonstrate that someone in the Government of India is corrupt.

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