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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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Nifty, Sensex still on track for a rise – Tuesday closing report
Nifty has to stay above 8,075 for the rally to continue
 
We had mentioned in Monday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex would rally further and that Nifty has to stay above 8,025 for the rally to continue. The major indices in the Indian stock markets were able to sustain the gains made in Monday’s trading and closed marginally higher. Bank Nifty however, closed marginally lower. 
 
 
Profit booking coupled with caution over the upcoming quarterly results had earlier during the day subdued investor sentiments and led both Sensex and Nifty to give up their morning gains. Furthermore, both indices had receded after key data showed a fall in services output for the month of September 2015. The Nikkei purchasing managers’ index (PMI) services data for September fell to 51.3 from 51.8 level in August 2015.
 
Rupee too gave up its early gains and depreciated by 13 paise to close at 65.41 to a US dollar from its previous close of 65.28 against the greenback. It touched a day's high of 65.11. Market observers cited value buying and continuation of positive momentum due to last week's monetary easing for the gains.
 
Sector-wise, consumer durables, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), oil and gas, healthcare, metal and automobile stocks witnessed healthy buying. However, information technology (IT), technology, entertainment and media (Teck) and banking stocks came under intense selling pressure.
 
The S&P BSE consumer durables index zoomed by 478.21 points, FMCG index rose by 189.01 points, oil and gas index gained by 169.71 points, healthcare index rose by 167.25 points, metal index was higher by 149.83 points and automobile index edged-up by 107.59 points. However, the S&P BSE IT index fell by 138.48 points, Teck index declined by 51.85 points and banking index was lower by 45.66 points.
 
Major Sensex gainers during Tuesday's trade were: Tata Motors, up 5.81% at Rs.333.50; ITC, up 4.21% at Rs.342.90; Coal India, up 4.02% at Rs.342.75; Cipla, up 3.36% at Rs.663.55; and Gail, up 3.17% at Rs.307.95.
 
The major Sensex losers were: BHEL down 2.82% at Rs.198.05, Infosys, down 2.17% at Rs.1,154.85, Maruti Suzuki, down 1.32% at Rs.4,357.30, NTPC, down 1.30% at Rs.125.75 and Axis Bank, down 1.05% at Rs.506.65.
 
The top gainers and top losers of the indices are given in the table below:
 
 
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 
 

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