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It was a special occasion for all at Moneylife Foundation on 5 February 2010 when the Moneylife Knowledge Centre was launched at the hands of Sanjay Nirupam, member of Parliament, who graciously accepted our invitation to be the chief guest at the event despite it being his birthday. The Moneylife Knowledge Centre, set up by the Moneylife Foundation in Mumbai, will supplement the efforts of...
Facebook has sent a 'cease-and-desist' letter to another website, Seppukoo.com, that deletes profiles, friends and other information on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn for users who provide their account information
Social network website Facebook has said that it is blocking a website called 'Web 2.0 Suicide Machine' that helps users delete their social network profiles, reports PTI.
The number one social network also said that it had sent a 'cease-and-desist' letter to another website, Seppukoo.com, which also helps you erase your virtual identity from the Internet.
The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine site, which features a hangman's noose on its homepage, deletes profiles, friends and other information on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn for users who provide their account information.
"This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kills your fake virtual friends, and completely does away with your Web2.0 alter ego," it says.
Facebook, in a statement to AFP, said the suicide site was in violation of Facebook rules.
"Facebook provides the ability for people who no longer want to use the site to either deactivate their account or delete it completely," the social network service provider said.
"Web 2.0 Suicide Machine collects login credentials, which is a violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR)," it said.
"We've blocked the site's access to Facebook as is our policy for sites that violate our SRR," Facebook said. "We're currently investigating and considering whether to take further action," it added.
Skywalks, or foot over-bridges, are an effort to give pedestrians much-needed space to walk as more and more footpaths were disappearing across the city. This phenomenon, coupled with the paucity of subways, necessitated the construction of these skywalks
Agitated over the construction of skywalks across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), an activist had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court against authorities like the Maharashtra State Road Development Corp Ltd (MSRDC), Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), Maharashtra Government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
MMRDA, which has planned 50 skywalks, or foot over-bridges, is keen on adding more to the number. It has allocated Rs6 billion for the skywalk project and there are proposals to have shopping plazas on some of the walkways as well.
According to the PIL, there is no justification for increase in the cost of construction of skywalks especially when the price of steel has gone down from about Rs48,000-Rs52,000 per tonne to Rs24,000-Rs 22,000 per tonne. The authorities have also reduced the width of the skywalks as no shops or hawkers are to be permitted on these constructions.
The design of skywalks may have to be revised as the width of the skywalks is to be reduced on account of no hawkers and shops being permitted thereon, but no fresh tenders have been invited for construction of such skywalks by the authorities. If such tenders are invited, then construction would be done at marginally lower costs, the PIL said.
In the absence of detailed guidelines, the proposal for construction of skywalks in different areas is entirely as per the wishes of the concerned authorities and local representatives, the PIL claimed. It said that, often, after visiting the site, the local representatives have merely made an oral request over the telephone to the authorities about their desire to construct the skywalk in a particular area.
The activists are seeking to stop or stay further construction of skywalks in the MMR without amending the sanctioned development plan prescribed under the MRTP Act, till the final hearing of their litigation.
Skywalks are an effort to give the pedestrian much-needed space to walk as more and more footpaths were disappearing and there are very few subways available. Especially on the roads that lead to various suburban railway stations, these proposed skywalks would have given pedestrians much-needed freedom from roadside hawkers and the incessant honking of bumper-to-bumper traffic in congested areas. But these structures had become controversial following allegation of large-scale corruption in their construction. Even Vasant Davkhar, then deputy chairperson of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, had made serious allegations in June 2009.
Although the government promised an investigation, there is still no update on the same.
In July, Moneylife had written about the sky-high cost of these skywalks. See http://suchetadalal.com/?id=17d7467e-5407-14fa-4a5453e09771&base=sections&f&t=Mumbai%3A+The+Great+Skywalk+Rip-off