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The common man is hurting due to the sharp rise in prices of essential commodities like edible oil and LPG (liquefied petroleum gases) in the past three years.   In Kolkata, for instance, edible oil prices have more than doubled in the past three years. Mustard oil, which was Rs90 a...

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Maintaining its rising trend, fuel prices increased for the third day in a row on Wednesday as state-owned fuel retailers hiked rates of petrol and diesel by 25 paise per litre each in the national capital.   In Delhi, petrol now costs Rs 92.05 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs...

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Ever been hit by credit card fraud?   I have. Well….My wife has.    Her phone rang at 1.35am. The bank’s credit card chaps were asking if she had done any transactions on her credit card from an East European country.  Of course not, she said.    But there they...

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Facing criticism over its upcoming privacy policy, WhatsApp has said that its users will not immediately lose their accounts or face curtailed functionalities on the platform on May 15, but they will have to eventually go through limited functions if they fail to accept the new norms in the...

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The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court passed an interim order on May 7 which stops Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) from taking any coercive action on jewellers across India or impose penalty on those who may not comply with BIA (BIS Act, 2016) regulations, Section 29(2) on mandatory...

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Petrol and diesel prices in the country rose again sharply by 25 paise and 30 paise per litre respectively on Thursday as Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) continued to cover for their losses on holding back price rise for the past 18 days due to state elections.   This is third increase...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 30 April 2021
The pandemic has also triggered lawsuits over privacy issues with some video conferencing apps, and more.   Remember plans? If you don’t, here’s a refresher: Plans were appointments you were always tempted to cancel — usually at the last minute — but then when you went through with...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 April 2021
In a significant ruling, the Maharashtra Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (MahaREAT) held that the right to reserve a flat includes the right to cancel the reservation, hence, a builder cannot ask an allottee to forfeit the booking amount for withdrawing his reservation. In an order passer...

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Health and safety are at the core of all important consumption led decisions with the Covid-19 pandemic extending its grip across the globe, according to the latest wave of 30-day analysis-based consumer survey by Deloitte.   The survey said that with respect to India, which is seeing...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 April 2021
The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has granted relief to a Kerala-based hospital and its doctor who performed laparoscopic appendectomy surgery on a patient suffering from acute appendicitis after noting that the doctor made the correct diagnosis and treated the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 April 2021
An administrator (admin) of a WhatsApp group cannot be held liable for any objectionable content posted by a member of the group, unless it is shown that there was a 'common intention' or 'pre-arranged plan' to act in concert between the two, rules the Bombay High Court.    While...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 26 April 2021
No, this Moneylife article is not about money, but certainly about life! Well, I guess it is a bit about money, too, because we consumers spend the money, right?   Wherever you go to get some goods or service, you will find unwritten rules about how your needs should be met....

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 April 2021
Several WhatsApp users have been receiving an app update link on their phones (and many have even unsuspectingly forwarded the link) which claims that it can turn the WhatsApp theme from its trademark green colour to pink and promises of additional features.    However, experts say,...

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday declined to set aside the Competition Commission of India (CCI) order calling for an investigation into allegations of abuse of dominance levelled against WhatsApp in connection with its privacy policy.   A single bench of Justice Navin Chawla said it...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 22 April 2021
It’s an open secret in the plastics industry that recycling plastic generally doesn’t work. Yet consumers drop plastic products in the recycling bin every day. Why? Because the plastics industry convinced them that they can keep plastic out of landfills.   According to an

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Subhash Narayan (IANS) 22 April 2021
Petrol and diesel prices may increase soon at the end of the ongoing Assembly elections with oil companies looking to raise the retail price of the two auto fuels between Rs2 and Rs3 per litre in phases and make up for the losses they incurred by keeping the prices at artificially low levels...

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More urban Indians are facing payment app frauds (24 per cent), identity thefts (20 per cent) and payment card frauds (18 per cent) than ever before during the pandemic, a new report said on Tuesday.   Payment-related frauds are the most common forms of breaches suffered by people,...

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Centre and states on a plea seeking permanent ban on all unauthorised production, and companies and individuals carrying out illegal adulterated honey business.   The plea, filed by the Anti-Corruption Council of India Trust, through...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 09 April 2021
Maharaja Ranjit Singh is said to have remarked ‘Sab lal ho jayega’, meaning that the British red will cover the entire map of India. He was right – it did.    Now union minister Nitin Gadkari says ‘Sab green ho jayega’ (or words to that effect), meaning that all vehicles will become...

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While people are yet to digest the huge Facebook data leak of 533 million users (including 6.1 million Indians), Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn is now facing a massive data leak of 500 million users that is allegedly being sold online.   An archive with data...

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