World renowned academicians say level of uncertainty in biometrics is too high and UID tests prove nothing

A study argues that there is too much uncertainty in biometrics to predict how well the technology will perform in the real world, much less support investment in this technology

Three scholars who have provided the academic foundation for the biometrics industry, particularly in the Western world, say that the level of uncertainty in biometrics is so great that tests prove nothing.

The academicians have, in a paper titled "Fundamental issues in biometric performance testing: A modern statistical and philosophical framework for uncertainty assessment", argued that the level of uncertainty in biometrics is so great that they cannot be used to predict how well the technology will perform in the real world and therefore this cannot support a valid argument for investment in biometrics.

The academicians are James L Wayman from San José State University, Antonio Possolo, head of the statistical engineering division at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Anthony J Mansfield from UK National Physical Laboratory, all recognised as stalwarts of the biometrics industry.

However, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which has embarked on a tagging programme that is based on biometrics, is silent on the report. The institution has, till now, been quick to associate with other academic groups.

While UIDAI claims that biometrics will allow it to deliver a unique identification, it has goofed up its own test results while pushing its ambitious Aadhaar project. (Read, 'How UIDAI goofed up pilot test results to press forward with UID scheme'.)

Since its inception, UIDAI has tried to force the use of biometrics for the UID number as the ultimate solution. UIDAI conducted a proof of the concept trial of the Aadhaar project between March and June 2010. The results of the concept trial, or scenario test, suggest that biometrics cannot be reliable and may encounter huge problems while dealing with false positives.

David Moss, who spent eight years campaigning against the UK's National ID (NID) card scheme, sees hard times ahead for the global mass consumer biometrics industry. He said, "Not only has the industry lost its academic support, but governments are starting to abandon ship. President Obama's plans for trusted identity on the web make no mention of biometrics. The same goes for the UK's plans for identity assurance, in which case also there is no mention of relying on biometrics at all."
"The superstitious belief in mass consumer biometrics is like an illness, it's like the tulip mania that affected Holland in the 17th century. And now, perhaps, it is passing. Even in Holland, where they announced last month that they have suspended their plans to develop a centralised population register recording every person's biometrics," Mr Moss said.

There are three types of tests used for biometrics. One is the lab or technology test; the other is the operational or field test; and the third is a scenario test. A biometrics technology test is conducted in the lab and is entirely computer-based. An operational test is conducted in the field, in the real world, with the biometrics package coming under attack from different, unpredictable sets. In a scenario test, researchers recruit a putatively representative sample of the population so that they can test the biometrics packages with real people under still fairly controllable conditions. The UIDAI used the scenario test for UID.

On the scenario test, the three academicians write, "The test repeatability and reproducibility observed in technology tests are lost in scenario testing due to the loss of statistical control over a wide range of influence quantities. Our inability to apply concepts of statistical control to any or all of these factors will increase the level of uncertainty in our results and translate to loss of both repeatability and reproducibility. Test data from scenario evaluations should not be used as input to mathematical models of operational environments that require high levels of certainty for validity."

This exactly is the reason why governments across the globe are not emphasising on biometrics anymore. Last year, the newly-elected government in the UK scrapped the National ID programme citing huge costs, impracticality and ungovernable breaches of privacy associated with the programme. Last month, the US released its 'National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace' signed by president Obama and nowhere has the 45-page document used the word 'biometrics'.

Also in April, the Dutch government suspended its plan to develop a centralised flat print fingerprint population register, citing concerns about security and reliability of the system.

However, this is not the case with India, where it seems that there is ample money and nobody cares about security, reliability and privacy, and everybody from politicians, corporates to the media are 'greased', directly or indirectly. This is the reason why UIDAI is forcing the UID number onto gullible citizens.

"Why is India spending billions on Aadhaar, which depends on biometrics whose reliability is, so say the titans, utterly unknowable? And will the UIDAI ever answer my question how they can claim to offer unique identification when, based on their own figures, they would have to perform 18,000,000,000,000 (18 trillion or 18 lakh crore) manual checks to prove uniqueness? And why do they think Aadhaar will eradicate corruption, rather than automate corruption," asks Mr Moss.

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    9 years ago

    Dear ALL,

    If UID Process has to be stopped it has to be now !! Because after this process all will be at the mercy of the "Technology". That is point of no return. It will be " TOTAL SURRENDER FOREVER".

    We must explore potential use against citizens and see the complete picture.

    They will be more clearly exposed if one analyses full depth of technologies involved.

    Reported Evidences show that Governments have attempted to develop such captive weapons and surveillance technology.

    There are cases reported which show that these technologies are being experimented on Human Beings Non-Consensually all around the WORLD.

    It won’t be surprising if these technologies will be applied universally to all populations via Biometric Databases available with the government.

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    It does not take much thinking to realise that the US agencies have access to a perfected version of this technology. In fact the relevant computers have a vocabulary in excess of 60,000 words and cover most languages. In fact, the NSA's signals intelligence monitor the brainwaves of their targets by satellite and decode the evoked potentials (3.50Hz 5 milliwatts) that the brain emits. So, using lasers / satellites and high-powered computers the agencies have now gained the ability to decipher human thoughts - and from a considerable distance (instantaneously).
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    Some of the Patents with Raytheon & IBM for surveillance program.
    US PATENT 6,011,991--COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD INCLUDING BRAIN WAVE ANALYSIS AND/OR USE OF BRAIN ACTIVITY--A system and method for enabling human beings to communicate by way of their monitored brain activity. The brain activity of an individual is monitored and transmitted to a remote location (e.g. by satellite). At the remote location, the monitored brain activity is compared with pre-recorded normalized brain activity curves, waveforms, or patterns to determine if a match or substantial match is found. If such a match is found, then the computer at the remote location determines that the individual was attempting to communicate the word, phrase, or thought corresponding to the matched stored normalized signal.

    US PATENT -3,727,616-ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR STIMULATION OF BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS. --- A receiver totally implanted within a living body is inductively coupled by two associated receiving coils to a physically unattached external transmitter which transmits two signals of different frequencies to the receiver via two associated transmitting coils. One of the signals from the transmitter provides the implanted receiver with precise control or stimulating signals which are demodulated and processed in a signal processor network in the receiver and then used by the body for stimulation of a nerve, for example, while the other signal provides the receiver with a continuous wave power signal which is rectified in the receiver to provide a source of electrical operating power for the receiver circuitry without need for an implanted battery.

    US PATENT 4,893,815—INTERACTIVE TRANSECTOR DEVICE COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY GRADE-- . A transector system for tracking and neutralizing a designated target body, including: sensing means for sensing signals associated with any body within the range of the system and producing an output signal characteristic of that body; central computer means including signal processing means coupled to said sensing means and responsive to said output signal to digitize and store the same; said computer means including, in addition, repertoire storage means and comparator means; said repertoire storage means having stored therein digitized signals representing the signals emanating from the target body; said comparator means being coupled to said sensing means and to said repertoire storage means for comparing output signals from said sensing means with said stored digitized signals in said repertoire storage means and for producing a lock-on output signal when said output signal from said sensing means corresponds to said digitized signal representing said target body; said signal processing means including means to determine the range, azimuth and elevation of each body, the signals from which are being sensed, and, in particular, producing a digital location signal representative of the location of the target body when the lock-on signal occurs; projectile means including a projectile computer, said projectile computer having projectile signal-processing means and volatile storage means therein;said volatile storage means being coupled, before launch of said projectile, to said signal processing means for updating said projectile computer with the latest digitized target body location signal; said projectile computer including an expert program for controlling said projectile signal-processing means and for controlling the flight of said projectile.

    US PATENT 3,951,134 - APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY MONITORING AND ALTERING BRAIN WAVES--Apparatus for and method of sensing brain waves at a position remote from a subject whereby electromagnetic signals of different frequencies are simultaneously transmitted to the brain of the subject in which the signals interfere with one another to yield a waveform which is modulated by the subject's brain waves. The interference waveform which is representative of the brain wave activity is re-transmitted by the brain to a receiver where it is demodulated and amplified. The demodulated waveform is then displayed for visual viewing and routed to a computer for further processing and analysis. The demodulated waveform also can be used to produce a compensating signal which is transmitted back to the brain to effect a desired change in electrical activity therein.

    US PATENT- US5629678 -IMPLANTABLE TRANSCEIVER-Apparatus for Tracking And Recovering Humans.

    US PATENT --4,717,343 --METHOD OF CHANGING A PERSON'S BEHAVIOR--A method of conditioning a person's unconscious mind in order to effect a desired change in the person's behavior which does not require the services of a trained therapist. Instead the person to be treated views a program of video pictures appearing on a screen. The program as viewed by the person's unconscious mind acts to condition the person's thought patterns in a manner which alters that person's behavior in a positive way. SOURCE: Judy Wall, Mike Coyle and Jan Wiesemann. Paranoia Magazine Issue 24 Fall 2000 -Article -'Technology to Your Mind' - By Judy Wall

    US PATENT -- 4,877,027 -- HEARING SYSTEM -- Sound is induced in the head of a person by radiating the head with microwaves in the range of 100 megahertz to 10,000 megahertz that are modulated with a particular waveform. The waveform consists of frequency modulated bursts. Each burst is made up of ten to twenty uniformly spaced pulses grouped tightly together. The
    burst width is between 500 nanoseconds and 100 microseconds. The pulse width is in the range of 10 nanoseconds to 1 microsecond. The bursts are frequency modulated by the audio input to create the sensation of hearing in the person whose head is irradiated.

    US PATENT -- 5,507,291 – METHOD AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS FOR REMOTELY DETERMINING INFORMATION AS TO PERSON’S EMOTIONAL STATE -- In a method for remotely determining information relating to a person's emotional state, an waveform energy having a predetermined frequency and a predetermined intensity is generated and wirelessly transmitted towards a remotely located subject. Waveform energy emitted from the subject is detected and automatically analyzed to derive information relating to the individual's emotional state. Physiological or physical parameters of blood pressure, pulse rate, pupil size, respiration rate and perspiration level are measured and compared with reference values to provide information utilizable in evaluating interviewee's responses or possibly criminal intent in security sensitive areas.

    US Patent 3,393,279. US Patent 3,647,970. -- The Neurophone was developed by Dr Patrick Flanagan in 1958.-- It's a device that converts sound to electrical impulses. In its original form electrodes were placed on the skin but with defence department developments, the signals can be delivered via satellite. They then travel the nervous system directly to the brain (bypassing normal hearing mechanisms). Dr Flanagan's "3D holographic sound system" can place sounds in any location as perceived by the targeted / tortured listener. This allows for a variety of deceptions for gullible victims. A speech waveform is converted to a constant amplitude square wave in which the transitions between the amplitude extremes are spaced so as to carry the speech information. The system includes a pair of tuned amplifier circuits which act as high-pass filters having a 6 decibel per octave slope from 0 to 15,000 cycles followed by two stages, each comprised of an amplifier and clipper circuit, for converting the filtered waveform to a square wave. A radio transmitter and receiver having a plurality of separate channels within a conventional single side band transmitter bandwidth and a system for transmitting secure speech information are also disclosed.

    U.S. patent #3,566,347, (23/2/71)
    A device/weapon which can actually deafen the target.

    US PATENT --5,036,858 – METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHANGING BRAIN WAVE FREQUENCY. -- A method for changing brain wave frequency to a desired frequency determines a current brain wave frequency of a user, generates two frequencies with a frequency difference of a magnitude between that of the current actual brain wave frequency and the desired frequency but always within a predetermined range of the current actual brain wave frequency, and produces an output to the user corresponding to the two frequencies. One apparatus to accomplish the method has a computer processor, a computer memory, EEG electrodes along with an amplifier, a programmable timing generator responsive to the computer processor for generating the two frequencies, audio amplifiers and a beat frequency generator driving a visual frequency amplifier.

    US PATENT -- 5,213,562 -- METHOD OF INDUCING MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS, INCLUDING SPECIFIC MENTAL ACTIVITY, IN HUMAN BEINGS --A method having applicability in replication of desired consciousness states; in the training of an individual to replicate such a state of consciousness without further audio stimulation; and in the transferring of such states from one human being to another through the imposition of one individual's EEG, superimposed on desired stereo signals, on another individual, by inducement of a binaural beat phenomenon.

    US PATENT 5,123,899 --METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALTERING CONSCIOUSNESS--A system for altering the states of human consciousness involves the simultaneous application of multiple stimuli, preferable sounds, having differing frequencies and wave forms. The relationship between the frequencies of the several stimuli is exhibited by the equation g=s.sup.n/4 .multidot.f where: f=frequency of one stimulus; g=frequency of the other stimuli of stimulus; and n=a positive or negative integer which is different for each other stimulus. ALSO SEE: US PATENT --5,289,438 --METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALTERING CONSCIOUSNESS SOURCE: Judy Wall, Mike Coyle and Jan Wiesemann. Paranoia Magazine Issue 24 Fall 2000 -Article -'Technology to Your Mind' - By Judy Wall

    US PATENT -- 5,289,438 – METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALTERING CONSCIOUSNESS --A system for altering the states of human consciousness involves the simultaneous application of multiple stimuli, preferable sounds, having differing frequencies and wave forms. The relationship between the frequencies of the several stimuli is exhibited by the equation where: f=frequency of one stimulus; g=frequency of the other stimuli or stimulus; and n=a positive or negative integer which is different for each other stimulus.

    US PATENT 5,629,678 - PERSONAL TRACKING AND RECOVERY SYSTEM--Apparatus for tracking and recovering humans utilizes an implantable transceiver incorporating a power supply and actuation system allowing the unit to remain implanted and functional for years without maintenance. The implanted transmitter may be remotely actuated, or actuated by the implantee. Power for the remote-activated receiver is generated electromechanically through the movement of body muscle. The device is small enough to be implanted in a child, facilitating use as a safeguard against kidnapping, and has a transmission range which also makes it suitable for wilderness sporting activities. A novel biological monitoring feature allows the device to be used to facilitate prompt medical dispatch in the event of heart attack or similar medical emergency. A novel sensation-feedback feature allows the implantee to control and actuate the device with certainty.

    US PATENT 5,760,692 - INTRA-ORAL TRACKING DEVICE-An intra-oral tracking device adapted for use in association with a tooth having a buccal surface and a lingual surface, the apparatus comprises a tooth mounting member having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface including adhesive material ; a remote transmitter-receiver assembly including means to transmit and receive electronic signals, the transmitter-receiver being affixed to the outer surface of the tooth mounting member, the remote transmitter-receiver assembly positioned adjacent to the buccal surface of the tooth; and a base transmitter-receiver device including means to transmit and receive electronic signals, the device including a transmission button and a display screen, in an operative orientation a user depressing the transmission button of the base transmitter-receiver device to activate the remote transmitter-receiver, activation of the remote transmitter-receiver device causing the transmission of electrical signals for receipt by the base transmitter-receiver device, the base transmitter-receiver device thereby displaying the location of the remote transmitter- receiver assembly to enable a user to locate a lost individual.

    US PATENT 6,006,188 - SPEECH SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR DETERMINING PSYCHOLOGICAL OR PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS USING A KNOWLEDGE BASE --A speech-based system for assessing the psychological, physiological, or other characteristics of a test subject is described. The system includes a knowledge base that stores one or more speech models, where each speech model corresponds to a characteristic of a group of reference subjects. Signal processing circuitry, which may be implemented in hardware, software and/or firmware, compares the test speech parameters of a test subject with the speech models. In one embodiment, each speech model is represented by a statistical time-ordered series of frequency representations of the speech of the reference subjects. The speech model is independent of a priori knowledge of style parameters associated with the voice or speech. The system includes speech parameterization circuitry for generating the test parameters in response to the test subject's speech. This circuitry includes speech acquisition circuitry, which may be located remotely from the knowledge base. The system further includes output circuitry for outputting at least one indicator of a characteristic in response to the comparison performed by the signal processing circuitry. The characteristic may be time-varying, in which case the output circuitry outputs the characteristic in a time-varying manner. The output circuitry also may output a ranking of each output characteristic. In one embodiment, one or more characteristics may indicate the degree of sincerity of the test subject, where the degree of sincerity may vary with time. The system may also be employed
    to determine the effectiveness of treatment for a psychological or physiological disorder by comparing psychological or physiological characteristics, respectively, before and after treatment.

    US PATENT -- 6,470,214 -- METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE RADIO FREQUENCY HEARING EFFECT.-- A modulation process with a fully suppressed carrier and input preprocessor filtering to produce an encoded output; for amplitude modulation (AM) and audio speech preprocessor filtering, intelligible subjective sound is produced when the encoded signal is demodulated using the RF Hearing Effect. Suitable forms of carrier suppressed modulation include single sideband (SSB) and carrier suppressed amplitude modulation (CSAM),with both sidebands present.

    US PATENT -- 6,488,617 – METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A DESIRED BRAIN STATE.-- A method and device for the production of a desired brain state in an individual contain means for monitoring and analyzing the brain state while a set of one or more magnets produce fields that alter this state. A computational system alters various parameters of the magnetic fields in order to close the gap between the actual and desired brain state. This feedback process operates continuously until the gap is minimized and/or removed.

    US PATENT -- 6,506,148 -- NERVOUS SYSTEM MANIPULATION BY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS FROM MONITORS. --Physiological effects have been observed in a human subject in response to stimulation of the skin with weak electromagnetic fields that are pulsed with certain frequencies near 1/2 Hz or 2.4 Hz, such as to excite a sensory resonance. Many computer monitors and TV tubes, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation. It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be imbedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream, either as an RF signal or as a video signal. The image displayed on a computer monitor may be pulsed effectively by a simple computer program. For certain monitors, pulsed electromagnetic fields capable of exciting sensory resonances in nearby subjects may be generated even as the displayed images are pulsed with subliminal intensity.

    US PATENT -- 6,754,472 – METHOD AND APPRATUS FOR TRANSMITTING POWER AND DATA USING THE HUMAN BODY.--Methods and apparatus for distributing power and data to devices coupled to the human body are described.The human body is used as a conductive medium, e.g., a bus, over which power and/or data is distributed.Power is distributed by coupling a power source to the human body via a first set of electrodes. One or more devise to be powered, e.g., peripheral devices, are also coupled to the human body via additional sets of electrodes. The devices may be, e.g., a speaker, display, watch, keyboard, etc. A pulsed DC signal or AC signal may be used as the power source. By using multiple power supply signals of differing frequencies, different devices can be selectively powered. Digital data and/or other information signals, e.g., audio signals, can be
    modulated on the power signal using frequency and/or amplitude modulation techniques.

    US PATENT 6,014,080 - BODY WORN ACTIVE AND PASSIVE TRACKING DEVICE --Tamper resistant body-worn tracking device to be worn by offenders or potential victims for use in a wireless communication system receiving signals from a global positioning system (GPS).

    US PATENT 6,017,302 - SUBLIMINAL ACOUSTIC MANIPULATION OF NERVOUS SYSTEMS --In human subjects, sensory resonances can be excited by subliminal atmospheric acoustic pulses that are tuned to the resonance frequency. The 1/2 Hz sensory resonance affects the autonomic nervous system and may cause relaxation, drowsiness, or sexual excitement, depending on the precise acoustic frequency near 1/2 Hz used. The effects of the 2.5 Hz resonance include slowing of certain cortical processes, sleepiness, and disorientation. For these effects to occur, the acoustic intensity must lie in a certain deeply subliminal range. Suitable apparatus consists of a portable battery-powered source of weak subaudio acoustic radiation. The method and apparatus can be used by the general public as an aid to relaxation, sleep, or sexual arousal, and clinically for the control and perhaps treatment of insomnia, tremors, epileptic seizures, and anxiety disorders. There is further application as a nonlethal weapon that can be used in law enforcement standoff situations, for causing drowsiness and disorientation in targeted subjects. It is then preferable to use venting acoustic monopoles in the form of a device that inhales and exhales air with subaudio frequency.

    US PATENT 6,051,594 - METHODS AND FORMULATIONS FOR MODULATING THE HUMAN SEXUAL RESPONSE--The invention is directed to improved methods for modulating the human sexual response by orally administering a formulation of the vasodilator phentolamine to the blood circulation and thereby modulating the sexual response on demand.

    US PATENT 6,052,336 - APPARATUS AND METHOD OF BROADCASTING AUDIBLE SOUND USING ULTRASONIC SOUND AS A CARRIER--An ultrasonic sound source broadcasts an ultrasonic signal which is amplitude and/or frequency modulated with an information input signal originating from an information input source. If the signals are amplitude modulated, a square root function of the information input signal is produced prior to modulation. The modulated signal, which may be amplified, is then broadcast via a projector unit, whereupon an individual or group of individuals located in the broadcast region detect the audible sound.

    US PATENT -- 3,884,218 -- METHOD OF INDUCING AND MAINTAINING VARIOUS STAGES OF SLEEP IN HUMAN BEING --A method of inducing sleep in a human being wherein an audio signal is generated comprising a familiar pleasing repetitive sound modulated by an EEG sleep pattern. The volume of the audio signal is adjusted to overcome the ambient noise and a subject can select a familiar repetitive sound most pleasing to himself.

    US PATENT -- 4,335,710 –DEVISE FOR THE INDUCTION OF SPECIFIC BRAIN WAVE PATTERNS --Brain wave patterns associated with relaxed and meditative states in a subject are gradually induced without deleterious chemical or neurological side effects. A white noise generator (11) has the spectral noise density of its output signal modulated in a manner similar to the brain wave patterns by a switching transistor (18) within a spectrum modulator (12). The modulated white noise signal is amplified by output amplifier (13) and converted to an audio signal by acoustic transducer (14). Ramp generator (16) gradually increases the voltage received by and resultant output frequency of voltage controlled oscillator (17) whereby switching transistor (18) periodically shunts the high frequency components of the white noise signal to ground.

    US PATENT -- 4,395,600 -- AUDITORY SUBLIMINAL MESSEGE SYSTEM AND METHOD --Ambient audio signals from the customer shopping area within a store are sensed and fed to a signal processing
    circuit that produces a control signal which varies with variations in the amplitude of the sensed audio signals. A control circuit adjusts the amplitude of an auditory subliminal anti-shoplifting message to increase with increasing
    amplitudes of sensed audio signals and decrease with decreasing amplitudes of sensed audio signals. This amplitude controlled subliminal message may be mixed with background music and transmitted to the shopping area. To reduce distortion of the subliminal message, its amplitude is controlled to increase at a first rate slower than the rate of increase of the amplitude of ambient audio signals from the area. Also, the amplitude of the subliminal message is controlled to decrease at a second rate faster than the first rate with decreasing ambient audio signal amplitudes to minimize the possibility of the subliminal message becoming supraliminal upon rapid declines in ambient audio signal amplitudes in the area. A masking signal is provided with an amplitude which is also controlled in response to the amplitude of sensed ambient audio signals. This masking signal may be combined with the auditory subliminal message to provide a composite signal fed to, and controlled by, the control circuit.

    US PATENT -- 4,573,449 -- METHOD FOR STIMULATING THE FALLING ASLEEP AND/OR RELAXING BEHAVIOUR OF A PERSON AND AN ARRANGEMENT THEREFORE --A method and apparatus is provided with which a person suffering from sleeplessness can be more easily relaxed and may more rapidly fall asleep. In particular, sound pulses are emitted by an electro-acoustictransducer, according to the cadence of which, the person seeking to fall asleep is induced to breathe in and out over a predetermined period of time. By suitably selecting the pulse sequence frequency, the pitch and the amplitude of the sound pulses may be adjusted thereby enhancing the process of falling asleep.

    US PATENT -- 4,834,701 -- APPARATUS FOR INDUCING FREQUENCY REDUCTION IN BRAIN WAVE --Frequency reduction in human brain wave is inducible by allowing human brain to perceive 4-16 hertz beat sound. Such beat sound can be easily produced with an apparatus, comprising at least one sound source generating a set of low-frequency signals different each other in frequency by 4-16 hertz. Electroencephalographic study revealed that the beat sound is effective to reduce beta-rhythm into alpha- rhythm, as well as to retain alpha-rhythm.

    US PATENT 5,270,800 --SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE GENERATOR--A combined subliminal and supraliminal message generator for use with a television receiver permits complete control of subliminal messages and their manner of presentation. A video synchronization detector enables a video display generator to generate a video message signal corresponding to a received alphanumeric text message in synchronism with a received television signal. A video mixer selects either the received video signal or the video message signal for output. The messages produced by the video message generator are user selectable via a keyboard input. A message memory stores a plurality of alphanumeric text messages specified by user commands for use as subliminal messages. This message memory preferably includes a read only memory storing predetermined sets of alphanumeric text messages directed to differing topics. The sets of predetermined alphanumeric text messages preferably include several positive affirmations directed to the left brain and an equal number of positive affirmations directed to the right brain that are alternately presented subliminally. The left brain messages are presented in a linear text mode, while the right brain messages are presented in a three dimensional perspective mode. The user can control the length and spacing of the subliminal presentations to accommodate differing conscious thresholds. Alternative embodiments include a combined cable television converter and subliminal message generator, a combine television receiver and subliminal message generator and a computer capable of presenting subliminal messages. SOURCE: Judy Wall, Mike Coyle and Jan Wiesemann. Paranoia Magazine Issue 24 Fall 2000 -Article -'Technology to Your Mind' - By Judy Wall

    A device for inducing the brain waves of a user to assume a predetermined frequency comprising a playback device, stereo earphones, and at least one light mounted on glasses in front of each eye of the user. Three separate control signals are pre-recorded superimposed onto a single control track. This composite signal is read by the playback device and is decomposed into the separate control signals by filters in a decoder/controller. One control signal drives a first LED and another drives a second LED. The number of sinusoids within the first and second control signal determine the light intensity. The third control signal is passed alternately to two speakers, with the switching between the speakers being controlled by the state of the first and second control signal. Conventional earphones and a conventional tape player may be used. The invention may be used to selectively activate the pins of a parallel port on a personal computer, to which are connected the LEDs. Also, the invention may include a mercury tilt switch mounted to the spectacles worn by the user to determine if he is dozing off and transitioning into the Theta brain wave state. The spectacles have optional peep holes in the lenses.

    US PATENT 4,858,612 - HEARING DEVICE --A method and apparatus for simulation of hearing in mammals by introduction of a plurality of microwaves into the region of the auditory cortex is shown and described. A microphone is used to transform sound signals into electrical signals which are in turn analyzed and processed to provide controls for generating a plurality of microwave signals at different frequencies. The multifrequency microwaves are then applied to the brain in the region of the auditory cortex. By this method sounds are perceived by the mammal which are representative of the original sound received by the microphone.

    US PATENT 5,159,703 - SILENT SUBLIMINAL PRESENTATION SYSTEM --A silent communications system in which nonaural carriers, in the very low or very high audio frequency range or in the adjacent ultrasonic frequency spectrum, are amplitude or frequency modulated with the desired intelligence and propagated acoustically or vibrationally, for inducement into the brain, typically through the use of loudspeakers, earphones or piezoelectric transducers.

    US PATENT FOR BARCODE TATTOO--Method for verifying human identity during electronic sale transactions. A method is presented for facilitating sales transactions by electronic media. A bar code or a design is tattooed on an individual. Before the sales transaction can be consummated, the tattoo is scanned with a scanner. Characteristics about the scanned tattoo are compared to characteristics about other tattoos stored on a computer database in order to verify the identity of the buyer. Once verified, the seller may be authorized to debit the buyer's electronic bank account in order to consummate the transaction. The seller's electronic bank account may be similarly updated.

    US PATENT 5,539,705 - ULTRASONIC SPEECH TRANSLATOR AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM--A wireless communication system undetectable by radio frequency methods for converting audio signals, including human voice, to electronic signals in the ultrasonic frequency range, transmitting the ultrasonic signal by way of acoustical pressure waves across a carrier medium, including gases, liquids, or solids, and reconverting the ultrasonic acoustical pressure waves back to the original audio signal. The ultrasonic speech translator and communication system (20) includes an ultrasonic transmitting device (100) and an ultrasonic receiving device (200). The ultrasonic transmitting device (100) accepts as input (115) an audio signal such as human voice input from a microphone (114) or tape deck.

    US PATENT 5,868,100 - FENCELESS ANIMAL CONTROL SYSTEM USING GPS LOCATION INFORMATION--A fenceless animal confinement system comprising portable units attached to the animal and including means for receiving GPS signals and for providing stimulation to the animal. The GPS signals are processed to provide location information which is compared to the desired boundary parameters. If the animal has moved outside the desired area, the stimulation means is activated. The signal processing circuitry may be included either within the portable unit or within a separate fixed station.

    US PATENT 5,905,461 - GLOBAL POSITIONING SATELLITE TRACKING DEVICE--A global positioning and tracking system for locating one of a person and item of property. The global positioning and tracking system comprises at least one tracking device for connection to the one of the person and item of property including a processing device for determining a location of the tracking device and generating a position signal and a transmitter for transmitting said position signal. The position signal is transmitted to a relay station strategically positioned about a desired monitoring area. The relay station includes a device for receiving the positional signal and determining if the received position signal is a valid signal and a device for relaying the position signal upon determining the position signal is valid to a central monitoring station. The central monitoring station receives the validated positional signal from the relay station and analyzes the position signal for monitoring the position of the tracking device. The system may also include a tracking satellite for receiving the validated position signal from the relay station and re-transmitting the position signal to the central monitoring station when the central monitoring station is located outside the transmission range of the relay station.

    US PATENT 5,935,054 - MAGNETIC EXCITATION OF SENSORY RESONANCES--The invention pertains to influencing the nervous system of a subject by a weak externally applied magnetic field with a frequency near 1/2 Hz. In a range of amplitudes, such fields can excite the 1/2 sensory resonance, which is the physiological effect involved in "rocking the baby". The wave form of the stimulating magnetic field is restricted by conditions on the spectral power density, imposed in order to avoid irritating the brain and the risk of kindling. The method and apparatus can be used by the general public as an aid to relaxation, sleep, or arousal, and clinically for the control of tremors, seizures, and emotional disorders.

    US PATENT 5,952,600 -ENGINE DISABLING WEAPON-- A non-lethal weapon for disabling an engine such as that of a fleeing car by means of a high voltage discharge that perturbs or destroys the electrical circuits. The transmission of the disabling voltage to the distant target is via two channels of electrically conductive air. The conductive channels are created by multi-photon and collisional ionization within the paths of two beams of coherent (laser) or collimated incoherent ultraviolet radiation directed to the target. A single beam may be used when the high voltage source and the target are grounded. The high-voltage current flows from electrodes at the origin of the beams along the channels of free electrons within them.



    In Reply to starsom 8 years ago

    Remote Neural Monitoring is already in India. This technology uses individuals electro magnetic field, unique for individual like fingureprint, to remotely read thoughts etc. Read blogs at http://remoteneuralmonitoringindia.blogs...
    This technology can be also used to generate unique id of every citizen and then there is no privacy.

    David Moss

    9 years ago

    Aadhaar deleted:-

    The wikipedia entry on Aadhaar previously available @ has now been deleted.
    That is UIDAI's only response so far, 11 days after publication of ML's article.
    In its silent way, perhaps quite an eloquent response ... to delete Aadhaar.

    David Moss

    9 years ago

    It's over a week now since ML published the hard-hitting article above.

    ML is a newspaper. Not one of those unmoderated blogs you can find everywhere on the web. A newspaper. ML reports facts. The claims made in this article are sourced. ML provides links to the sources. The reader can check for himself and herself. ML is meticulous. They do not mix opinion and news. This is a news article, it is factual.

    ML is a financial newspaper. What is the business case for investment in Aadhaar? Does it stand up to critical review? What are the sensitivities? What are the risks? What is the expected return?

    Together, the claims made in this ML article raise questions about the advisability of Aadhaar as an investment. Questions which remain unanswered by the UIDAI.

    There has been a dignified response from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. But not a word from the UIDAI.

    Indian taxpayers must wonder why.

    Why can't the UIDAI, the mighty organisation promising to identify every Indian and bring order, through identity management, where currently there is chaos, answer a few simple questions?

    What is so difficult? The UIDAI must have thought about these problems in advance. There can't be any surprises left for them to discover. They wouldn't have started if they couldn't finish. Would they?

    They have the staff, the expertise, the budget, the time, the political support, the public relations skills, they have consultants and academic researchers and surely, above all, they have the will and the confidence and the drive and the ambition and the sheer, raw, strength.

    And yet ... not a word.

    Will this lion roar?

    The Indian taxpayer, the man and woman ultimately paying for Aadhaar, it's their money that's being invested, must be wondering.

    What am I paying for? Why did I believe the UIDAI? Why did the UIDAI believe the biometrics suppliers? Will Aadhaar be written up in future in the case studies beloved of business schools under the heading "how not to do it"?

    What to do, while we wait for the UIDAI to respond? We need something to read.

    Previously, ML brought us an article written by three academics. Well worth reading, every word. But we've all read that now.

    Here is something to tide us over. This is written by not three, but six academics. It's much shorter. And it tells us that the story of biometrics is a fairy tale, a dangerous one, but a fairy tale nevertheless.

    Do you believe in fairies? Perhaps the UIDAI believe in fairies. But do you?

    Check back in another week. By which time, surely, UIDAI will have responded.

    David Moss

    9 years ago

    The paper written by Messrs Wayman (San José State University), Possolo (NIST) and Mansfield (NPL) is recognisably high quality scholarship produced by authoritative world class researchers with extensive experience.
    Their findings have devastating implications for the investment in biometrics (the machine recognition of human beings) all over the world.
    Concentrating on India:
    • One implication is that UIDAI’s claim to be able to identify all Aadhaar numberholders uniquely using biometrics only is indefensible to the point of meaninglessness.
    • Similarly, UIDAI’s claim to be able to verify people’s identity when they try to claim PDS food, for example, or conduct a bank transaction is also indefensible to the point of meaninglessness.
    • Further, UIDAI’s claim that their proof of concept trial gives good reason to proceed with Aadhaar is quite simply false, the trial proves nothing in the opinion of the three writers, it is an irrelevant waste of time and money.
    Arguably, Messrs Wayman, Possolo and Mansfield are the highest authorities on biometrics in the world. You will have trouble finding a higher authority. Read their paper for yourselves and then see if you agree with the three bullet points above.
    If you do, then for the avoidance of doubt, let’s be clear about this, it follows that UIDAI have raised the expectations of 1,200 million Indians to levels that cannot possibly be satisfied, for want of better words UIDAI are “lying” and the Indian taxpayer is being “cheated” out of billions of dollars. You be the judge.
    True or false?
    NIST say: “This research paper described above with a NIST coauthor is about how to apply uncertainty measurements to the testing of biometric technologies”. True. And what the paper says is that the uncertainty cannot be measured, there is no point guessing, the biometrics emperor has no clothes.
    NIST say: “Such testing has substantially improved the accuracy of biometric technologies over the years”. False. This is the opposite of what the paper says, which is that it is impossible to measure the accuracy of biometric technologies, they are out of statistical control.
    NIST say: “The paper discusses how to understand measurement uncertainties so that law enforcement agencies and other users of biometrics can accurately determine the limitations of their systems”. False, for the same reason. The paper identifies 15 or so influencing factors which contribute to the uncertainty of biometrics, there may be more factors, research is continuing, but, for the moment, measurement of the achievements or limitations of biometrics is impossible.
    NIST say: “The paper does not say that biometrics are not useful in real world settings”. True, if we all accept that we know what is meant here by “useful”. That is one of many things that the paper does not say. What it does say is that technology tests and scenario tests tell you nothing about how well biometrics will perform in the field and that operational tests measure nothing. It is quite possible to agree with this statement of NIST’s and yet still believe that Aadhaar, on its own terms, is bound to fail, it cannot identify people uniquely and it cannot verify their identity reliably.
    NIST say: “It advocates moving beyond yes-and-no answers in the biometrics area to do a better job of carefully understanding and documenting the variables that affect the accuracy of these technologies as they are used in practice”. True. More research is needed and I, for one, heartily support that. But in advance of that research bearing fruit, what the paper says is that no trial results can provide a valid reason to invest in biometrics. In that case the investment in biometrics is unbusinesslike, irresponsible, unscientific and illogical. Instead of being a reasoned investment, it has more the character of an impulse purchase. Governments are not paid to make impulse purchases using taxpayers’ money.
    India should thank Messrs Wayman, Possolo and Mansfield for their academic candour which may help to raise the ethical standards of commerce and which may save the country from wasting billions. They should be garlanded and fêted as heroes and friends of India.
    Congratulations to the ML digital team
    I have emailed NIST with questions about biometrics 14 times since 6 June 2006 without once receiving a response. That includes sending them an advance copy of my paper. My congratulations to ML for eliciting a response at last.

    Gail Porter

    9 years ago

    This research paper described above with a NIST coauthor is about how to apply uncertainty measurements to the testing of biometric technologies. Such testing has substantially improved the accuracy of biometric technologies over the years. The paper discusses how to understand measurement uncertainties so that law enforcement agencies and other users of biometrics can accurately determine the limitations of their systems.

    The paper does not say that biometrics are not useful in real world settings. It advocates moving beyond yes-and-no answers in the biometrics area to do a better job of carefully understanding and documenting the variables that affect the accuracy of these technologies as they are used in practice.

    Gail Porter
    Director of Public Affairs
    National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Speed money: Formula 1 circus drives real estate scam in Noida that’s bigger than 2G and CWG

    The race for land acquisition in Noida is gaining pace. Apart from a pretty racetrack, there will be a lot of commercial and residential property, maybe even an international airport, and more, all a short distance from Delhi

    Motorsports has never been for those without deep pockets. Globally. However, for those who could not afford the thrill of being behind the wheels, there was always the option of sharing in the excitement by being part of the organisers.
    Marshalls, safety officials, service teams, and all the rest of it-you got up-close to the action, you had access to the stars, and at the end of the day you even had somebody picking up your expenses, you were invited to the best parties, and if you were lucky then maybe an honorarium came your way too.

    All this has changed. Leave alone the even deeper pockets needed to get behind the wheel, most support and organisational positions are also up for auction, barring the extremely highly technically designated ones. Pit crew positions, supposedly the holiest of all holies, as also those for the cheesecake on display, for example, are also eminently buyable: The guy who waves the stop/go signboard, or the girl who trots past suitably bared, often pay for the privilege of getting their mugs and more on the screen.

    In the midst of all this, India's domestic motorsport scene has been trundling along, carried forward by a band of enthusiasts, who seemingly do not get tired despite the lack of serious sponsorships. Frankly, there are very few new faces; one sees the same lot going back 20-30 years, in charge. Whether it is the growing rally circuit all over the country, the rather static motor racing crowd at Sholavaram near Chennai, or the wavering go-kart races, the sport seems to, still, be running on its own steam with moderate to low support from the government.

    Till the Formula-1 circus hit the horizon. And till whispers reached my ears-'do you want to volunteer for the Formula-1 season, which by the way is likely delayed by two months to December 2011, ostensibly because of Bahrain, but more likely because the progress on the circuit is way behind schedule. Oh yes, there is interest. But it now appears that one has to pay to be a volunteer. However, there is an 'encouragement fee' in case you get more volunteers! Does anybody smell another scam here?

    But that's chicken feed compared to the real big one. The big one is probably as big, if not bigger than the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) scams put together.

    What we now have, on the Indian side of the horizon, is a 'circuit'. Named "Buddh International Circuit", it extends from one end of Noida, to way beyond Greater Noida, in its reach and control, with the racetrack being just one nodal component for what appears to be a land acquisition rampage of huge proportions. Fair enough, development cannot be stopped, land use shall be changed-that is how it is. The present agitation will eventually resolve itself-that is also a given. And apart from a pretty racetrack, we will see a lot of commercial property, residential property, industrial property, maybe even an international airport, and more, coming up, all within easy striking distance of Delhi. Even the sand being taken out has immense value; marshland and nature be damned.

    But that's realty for you in India. Real estate corruption in India is a bigger ticket than the 2G scam, CWG scam and other scams that currently occupy mind space. Not as big as the mining scam, but certainly not too far from the defence scam, aviation scam and sea-cargo related scams-so these will take time to unravel. All these scams have a domestic side, which can be called "corruption" and a global side, which can be called "asset theft".

    But what we have on the global side of the potential here at Formula 1, just as we did in the Commonwealth Games, is something else.

    To start with, just like the Commonwealth Games, the whole Formula 1 concept appears to be, to put it mildy, in danger of winding down like an old grandfather's clock that has not been wound for some time. The undisputed boss, Bernie Ecclestone, is now 80, and is reported to have a history which is as colourful, if not more, than that of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the ex-chief of the International Monetary Fund, now in a new disposition. For example, the television audience for Formula 1 is dropping, by as much as 35%, in England itself. (The stands don't really make that much money.) The private equity firm, CVC Capital, that now owns Formula 1, is reported to be accepting offers, and the only bid they have received is from a consortium composed of News Corp and Exor, the people who indirectly own Ferrari, which makes it a sort of one-automobile, one-television channel kind of in-house game. Think about pay-TV and only Ferraris.

    That aside, the books at Formula 1 survive on very high 'hosting fees', paid by governments keen to see this event in their country. Close followers would have observed how stands are often empty. Some of these hosting fees, no doubt, are shared, especially where governments are corrupt. Viewed in a very simple businesslike manner, this is like the Indian government paying a foreign steel manufacturer to lift iron ore from India (which, amazingly, in a way is what is also happening, but that is a different report), and then also paying for everything else on the ground in India to assist, including paying for and putting up the infrastructure to do so. Imagine this, also, as leaving your house open for thieves, but also providing them with a car and keys to drive away, as well as a certificate declaring their provenance.

    And to do all this, loans are organised, through Indian banks. Suitably hand-held by foreign banks, of course, so that tax-haven secrecy fundamentals can be brought into the picture, thereby providing our finance minister with an opportunity to look helpless. Again, the current number, in total, for the Formula 1 races is supposed to be in the region of (hold your breath) Rs700 crore to Rs800 crore as loans, grants and sanctioned expenses, on various accounts. This does not include the cost overrun as well as hosting fees.

    These hosting fees are not small, they run into hundreds of millions of dollars, and are on an escalating scale, going up every year, regardless of anything else. To illustrate the size, France, which was the home of Formula 1, and where the first Formula 1 Grand Prix was ever held, has withdrawn simply because the hosting fees became too much for the organisers and the country to bear. (Local jokes refer to it now as Formula Zero, which when said in French is another colloquial joke altogether.) And France is one of the few developed countries where TV viewership is still going up.

    What are the hosting fees India is paying, one way or the other, and who is paying it? There are no answers. Driving towards the work sites, one is not permitted beyond the outer perimeters, and the local motorsports bodies are not exactly forthcoming either. The official Formula 1 website does not say much about the India event. The Indian organisers and co-ordinators are, again, opaque.
    The fact remains, that somehow, somewhere, some money from the taxes we pay are going towards this jamboree. And we have no idea how, who, or how much.

    Technically, motorsports in India, like other sports, comes under the Ministry of Sports. That means, broadly, the Motorsports Association of India (MAI) and the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI). There is a clear judgement out on this; they need to be under the Right to Information Act of India, 2005. However, their websites do not show any adherences, and are absolutely silent on the numbers as everything else. Their  'leaders' have been the same for decades-Nazir Hoosein since the '60s and Vijay Mallya thereafter.

    At the same time, like the CWG or IOA, they are supposed to come under international bodies, in this case the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), which is what MAI comes under. Trouble is, FMSCI owes its allegiance to the IOA. So, now begins the game of recognised, not recognised and affiliated, unaffiliated, so on and so forth, round and round, like an F 1 race. MAI and FMSCI, as well as splinter groups which form, merge, divide again, have been at it for so long that within the motorsports world in India, most people don't really know what is going on.
    In the midst of all this comes this big lollipop, the Formula 1 race, which offers multiple benefits to everybody. So differences simmer, but are brushed under the carpet, for now. In the interim, the real big game carries on, and only one small part is this business of 'paying volunteers', which is where this article started from.

    The real big part, as always, has to do with the way the mammaries of the State are going to be sucked dry again - in every possible way. Bernie Ecclestone, the boss of Formula-1, is already under investigation in Germany for bribery - wherein a bribe was paid to an executive at Bayerische Landesbank to pick up a stake in Formula 1. And now we invite the same entities, to sell us the same old snake-oil, which we will pay for?
    Nobody is really talking about the numbers behind Formula 1 in India. The truth is that if people ask questions, like the farmers who own the land nearby did, the state uses the might at its disposal and sends in its police to shut them up. Something like what they tried to do with the Commonwealth Games, not too long ago, and see where it got the organisers?

    (Veeresh Malik used to take part in motorsports, but withdrew in disgust over the politics in the game. MAI and FMSCI do not adhere to the RTI Act. Questions addressed to some people involved in organising the Formula 1 event are met with wry grins, and not much else. The media is kept totally out, barring guided tours for elements within the already compromised motoring media.)

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    d v date

    9 years ago

    thanks, Mr Veeresh Malik. very good and badly needed expose.


    9 years ago

    This seems to be an article making a desperate attempt at sensationalism. On the motor sport administrative front it is factually incorrect and hopelessly out of date.

    It talks about motor racing at Sholavaram near Chennai. At a rough guess, Sholavaram ended about 25 years ago!

    Reference is made to the Motorsports Association of India (MAI) as an association under the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). It may surprise the writer that at the end of 2008, the FIA General Assembly divested the MAI of its sporting power for India and give it to the FMSCI. Consequently the MAI has nothing to do with motor sport in India since that time.

    That being the case the writer is certainly one of those who does not know what is going on – at least as far as the motor sport aspect is concerned.

    I then wonder about the accuracy of the rest of the article.
    I am submitting this second time as for some strange reasons it has not appeared on first occasion.



    In Reply to Ketan 9 years ago

    Dear Ketan, thank you for writing in.

    1) "Sholavaram" was a bit of a tongue in cheek reference, which those who are in the motorsports "business" will know what the deeper pun intends, and also to invoke some nostalgia. Irungattukottai near Sriperumbudur is what the present race track is about. Yes Sir, even I know that.

    2) The MAI, by its website as well as through efforts of certain members, still continues to attempt to co-represent motorsports in India. You may also wish to check up with the Indian Olympics Association and the Ministry of Sports on their position in context with the MAI/FMSCI issue. I did.

    3) I agree, along with most others, I am not aware of what is really happening with motor-sports in India. That is what the article tries to bring out.


    A potential that is probably on par with cricket manages to do worse than football, in India, is the best way to describe the state of affairs with motor-sports in India. And now we have this Formula None off Greater NOIDA making merry with a real estate porridge not too far out of Delhi, with more rivals trying to run a Formula Fun in Goa if we are to believe yet some more new motorsports news, while Formula One Grand Prix itself goes into loops outside India?

    Please don't wonder about the accuracy of the rest of the article - please check it out yourself. I am absolutely correct on facts here - and have researched the subject thoroughly. And to be fair, I got the same kind of response from some people when I first opened the gates on the CWG scam, but that's OK too.

    Humbly submitted, and thank you for writing in.


    In Reply to malq 9 years ago

    I do not know how long you have been involved with motor sport but I started in 1981 and my first major event was the 2nd Himalayan Rally in 1981. As you can see, I have been around the sport for a long time!

    Try as hard as I might I am not able to comprehend your tongue-in-cheek reference to ‘Sholavaram’. Perhaps it is a case of my grey matter growing a little older!

    I am partly responsible for the MAI website and was an active senior member of the MAI when it held the sporting power of the FIA untill Oct 2008. Consequently I do not agree with your statement that the website makes efforts to co-represent motor sport in India. If you have the courage to name the members who indulge in this activity, I can assure you that, if true, they will be stopped by the MAI.

    I also know for a fact that the MAI has never contacted the Indian Olympic Association nor has it contacted the Government of India after October 2008. If your contacts in the Government and in the Indian Olympic Association say to the contrary, please let me have full details so that I may have the MAI pursue a proper recourse for the simple reason that it is not true.

    As for the rest of the article I do question why you have placed such a major scam at so low a key – but that is up to you.


    In Reply to Ketan 9 years ago

    Thank you for writing in, Ketan - the MAI website is still up and running and making its claims, and copies of that are with the Ministry of Sports, claiming the same, so what more do you want?

    Who is doing it? Same old, same old - why don't you file an RTI with me, and we get the proof in writing from the IndGovt?

    The reference to SHOLAVARAM has to do with the fact that it attracted crowds of enthusiasts and general public - while Irunkakottai / Sriperumbudur race tracks do not.

    And now the NOIDA Formula 1 has been shifted to 2nd week December 2011 - has anybody checked the met records for the dense fog that hits Greater NOIDA along the river at that time of the year, by the way?

    On the real estate scams, yes, unravelling slowly slowly . . .

    samar mahapatra

    9 years ago

    Yet another Kalmadi and another giant of a builder, the surest formula , for a land scam.


    9 years ago

    Ah Veeresh Malik - I should have guessed. He's back, and how! Even when he has something to say, trust him to drown it out in a pile of ranting.

    So we have someone going from a land scam idea - very valid - and then bouncing from there to Bernie to CWG to mining!

    Oh take it easy. I am not going to respond to your inevitable reply :D Just like that.



    In Reply to Matt 9 years ago

    Thank you for writing in, Matt - and most certainly, everything is linked - even if it can never be proved that Bernie may have been the getaway car driver for the Great Train Robbery or that Suresh K was the man who may have remotivated the Indian Railways cheques made out to (Ashok Travels and Tours, an ITDC company, remember??) and deposited them elsewhere.

    The crooks are global, as always, it is just that with liberalisation, the scale and international movements have improved. Sumit Walia would have??


    9 years ago

    ......and you have won the award for most idiotic article in year 2011.



    In Reply to Gaurav 9 years ago

    Thank you for writing in, Gaurav, and while there is still more than half the year left - I would appreciate some cogent and empirical data on what helped you come to this valiant and most affirmative conclusion. Is it that you did not understand the subtle parts, or were you upset at some of the home truths? Humbly submitted . . .


    In Reply to malq 9 years ago

    My comments were related to points where someone is trying to say Formula 1 real estate scam [btw everything happening in this country is scam now days :( ] 2G and CWG.


    In Reply to Gaurav 9 years ago

    Thank you, Gaurav - so let me get this right, is it your contention that the article is correct on facts, but just that you simply don't like the idea that well-known scams should be busted, especially if everybody on the ground, pit lanes, grid and stands knows that it is a scam already - which is why this article is idiotic because it just brings out things already known? From that point of view, agreed, the truth on real estate scams is known to everybody already - but still, we do have to work on it and let people know, right, because everybody may not be as aware as you? Humbly submitted.

    Housing societies on mill lands seek clarity on rule to hire former mill workers

    Government has not worked out a policy on implementation of amendment to development control regulations; residents of Sewree housing complex get no help from government departments on application of rule

    People living in buildings that are part of mill redevelopment projects must talk to the developers to employ erstwhile mill workers for various services in their residential blocks. Otherwise, they could be pulled up under the law, as has turned out to be the case for residents of Dosti Flamingoes complex, in Sewree. The residential complex has been built on land of the erstwhile Standard Industries and China Mill.

    According to an amendment of the Development Control Regulations, DCR 58 of 3 October 2007, redevelopment projects must employ former mill workers or their relatives, and the responsibility rests with the mill owner, the developer and the present occupier of the premises. However, despite a high court directive, the government has not yet worked out a concrete policy to clarify the clause. This ambiguity has resulted in all parties concerned looking the other way on this matter of providing employment, while the residents have been left confused.

    Residents of Dosti Flamingoes complex were surprised when they were issued a notice by the state labour commission, which stated that they must employ retired mill workers or their relatives for various services in the housing society. This was followed by visits by local labour unions demanding employment for the workers in such activities as security guards. Residents say they were not told about the rule before and that the government and developers have been passing the buck.

    "It is not that we are against hiring these workers. But most of the workers are old and not fit to perform duty as guards or other laborious jobs like housekeeping. They want minimum wages and we cannot even decide the quality of work for which we would be paying, which in any case is as per market rates/minimum wages, no cost arbitrage," explained a resident of the complex.
    A spokesperson of the state labour commission could not confirm the controversial legislation. It is also unclear who must inform the residents about this. Dosti Corporation, the developer of Dosti Flamingoes complex, insists it was unaware of the clause, but said that it has nonetheless employed 64 mill workers. Mill owners, on their part, do not feel they are responsible for the mill workers as they have sold the mill.

    A property lawyer said, "Housing societies don't fall under the jurisdiction of the labour commission, but if there is a rule pertaining to the workers, it must be followed. However, it is unclear as to who must take the responsibility, since 'occupants' mean flat dwellers." Ideally, the occupants should be notified about this before they take possession of the properties.

    Ms Neera Adarkar, urban researcher and housing activist, said, "Even the workers who have got their VRS and compensation are entitled to a job, and I don't see anything wrong in employing them. However, it is between the developer and the purchaser to decide on who is to take the responsibility, and who must crosscheck whether such rules exist."

    The confusion leaves room for further debates in similar cases. The residents also approached Maharashtra Urban Development Department secretary, TC Benjamin, seeking clarity on the matter, but have not made any headway. An RTI query on the legislative status of DCR 58 has also not been answered so far.

    "We are quite confused, and even though we don't have to employ more than 70 guards in two shifts, we have to hire 110 because of the pressure from the labour union," a resident said. "We paying almost one crore rupees a year, and we don't even know whether we have to do it."

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