Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Media circus unfolds over Hutch-Essar deal
Hindu, India -
The buyout of Hutch-Essar, 67 per cent controlled by Hutchison Telecom International Ltd and 33 per cent by Indian conglomerate Essar, has been the subject ...
Essar gains from Hutch-Essar bid race
Arun Sarin vs. Anil Ambani: Hutch set for a global battle
Vodafone eyes Hutch India unit
Reliance Communication 461.40 INR 13.90 (3.11%) @ NSE - Rs. 421.16 Crores Volume
Vodafone Group 143.50 GBp -2.50 (-1.71%) @ London.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
It is always a pleasure to visit this beautiful State of India. Thomas Bracken sometime in the 1880's wrote a poem about New Zealand where that country was referred to as God's own country. I am very happy that this title God's own country which has been used by New Zealanders to describe their own country for more than 120 years, has been adopted by the people of Kerala to describe their own State. With all its natural wealth, beautiful surroundings and enlightened people, Kerala is really and literally God's own country. My hearty congratulations.
From the text of President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s address at the closing ceremony celebrations of 50th year of the Formation of Kerala Thrissur at Thrissur, Kerala. More
Thomas Bracken was the first person to publish the phrase God's Own Country.
The government of the South Indian state of Kerala (or Keralam) in India has adopted the phrase God’s Own Country as its slogan/punchline for marketing it's enormous tourism potential.Over the years the phrase has gained popularity and now it has become a strong brand name for Kerala Tourism.
I forgot which agency did this.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
If you are an HSBC Personal Internet Banking customer, you can
1. Transfer money to a VISA card within India in an easy, fast and safe manner
2. Apply for travel insurance
3. Register for mobile alerts to stay updated on your banking transactions through SMS
4. Reset your password by giving your request online. Activation of the password will be done by calling the call centre
5. View your mutual fund investments online through the Wealth Management statement. (Applicable to investments done through the Wealth Management System only)
6. Assign names to your accounts online for easier identification
7. Continue transferring funds electronically to other bank accounts through a new system - NEFT (National Electronics Funds Transfer)
The problem is with the 4th point. This exposes all the Indians to Denial of Service attack. A hacker(or a cruel friend of yours') can create random user ids and then click Forgot Password link whereby your password gets reset. This will take place without the need of the PIN generated by the "security device".
This is a big blunder from whoever designed the new HSBC india site. This should not have been the case since there were many reports about these in HSBC UK, HSBC US and elsewhere.
So think twice before paying your annual free classic/gold credit card using your bank account 'cause tomorrow you may not have access to the bank account to make use of the services.
Step by step images.
enter username (Manually or Brute force).
Click forgot password.
Also read some old reports
HSBC hit by $420000 internal data theft.
Read at Business Line
HSBC to 'review' online security
Read at BBC
Forgotten password clues create hacker risk
Read at The Register
"forgot password" should not reset password directly
Uk HSBC scam
Security flaw leaves 3m HSBC online accounts open to fraud.
This article was logged on December 19, 2006. This article may be useless next year.
HSBC India hacks privacy banks
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
India's justice system is plagued by witnesses who change their testimony either for financial gain or after being threatened by people seeking to protect the accused.
Many cases in which witnesses "turn hostile" have collapsed as a result and pressure is mounting for those accused of perverting the course of justice to be dealt with more harshly by judges.
Witness turns hostile in Salman Khan’s hit and run case
In September 2002, actor Salman Khan lost control of his car near the American Express Bakery, Bandra which led to the death of one person and caused injury to four people.
In his earlier statement to the police, witness Abdullah Sheikh claimed that he had seen Salman Khan come out of his vehicle after the accident. But recently he claimed that he was asleep outside the bakery and when he got injured he opened his eyes and found himself under the car. He also claimed that he heard people saying “Salman come out of the car”, but he did not himself see the actor.
Best Bakery case: Zaheera Sheikh too turns hostile
On March 1, 2002, 14 persons were burnt alive in the premises of Best Bakery in the Hanuman Tekri area of Baroda. The bakery owner's daughter, Zehraunissa Sheikh (19), who is also known as Zaheera, was a prime witness for the prosecution, but she turned hostile in court and weakened the case substantially.
Manjunath trial: Two witnesses turn hostile
Two prosecution witnesses in the S Manjunath murder trial turned hostile today, retracting the statements that they had earlier made before the police.
One of them, Rajendra Singh, denied that he had heard gun shots on the night of November 19 last year, when Manjunath was shot dead.
S Manjunath, a sales executive with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), was shot dead in Lakhimpur Kheri on November 19 last year. He had reportedly threatened to seal a petrol pump, Mittal Automobiles, at Gola Gokarn in Lakhimpur Kheri, for selling adulterated fuel.
Phoolan murder: Prime witness turns hostile
A prime witness of the conspiracy to murder Samajwadi Party MP Phoolan Devi has turned hostile.
Shayan Munshi, a key witness in the Jessica Lal murder case turned hostile during trial
Shivani case: witness turns hostile
In a blow to prosecution in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, a vital witness against the prime accused senior IPS officer R.K. Sharma today turned hostile
Ice cream parlour case: Key witnesses Rejina turned hostile ...
Despite her self-professed financial problems, Rejina became the proud owner of an air-conditioned Maruti Alto car a few days before she turned hostile.
It is not intimidation alone that makes witnesses turns hostile. As studies have shown, what witnesses perceive as harassment alienates them as well. The length of the trial and the way they are treated in court have a bearing on shifting testimonies. As the Supreme Court has observed, "A witness is not treated with respect in the Court... He waits for the whole day and then finds the matter adjourned... And when he does appear, he is subjected to unchecked examination and cross-examination and finds himself in a hapless situation. For these reasons and others, a person abhors becoming a witness"
More witnesses were turning hostile in recent years mainly due to the long periods taken in bringing perpetrators of hate crimes to book
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Monday, December 04, 2006
Amma returned to Amritapuri this afternoon at 4:47pm after her two month tour of Europe and the US.
Look at the Tour Itinery
Amma Europe Tour 2006
München (Munich) Germany- October 6 - 8
London, Great Britan- October 10 -12
Helsinki, Finland- October 14 - 15 - www.amma.fi
Winterthur, Swiss (CH) October 17 - 19
Mannheim, Germany October 21 - 23
Hertogenbosch, Holland (NL) October 25 - 27 www.amma.nl
Paris, France October 29 - 31
Mailand/Milan, Italy November 2 - 4 www.amma-italia.it
Barcelona, Spain November 6 - 9 www.ammachi.es
Toulon, France November 11 - 13 www.amma-france.org
Dublin, Ireland November 15 - 16 www.ammaireland.org
Amma's program in India 2006
Trivandrum 18 - 20 May 2006
Trissur 12 - 13 May 2006
Palakkad 9 - 10 May 2006
Ernakulam 5 -7 May 2006
Kolkata 27 - 28 March 2006
Ranchi 25 March 2006
Lucknow 23 March 2006
New Delhi -- 16 March 2006
Holi celebration : Jaipur
Jaipur --14 March 2006
Indore -- 11 March 2006
Amdavad -- 9 March 2006
Surat -- 7 March 2006
Mumbai --- 2 -5 March 2006
Pune -- 26 - 27 Feb 2006
Nagpur -- 23 Feb 2006
Hyderabad -- 20-21 Feb 2006
Davanegere, Karnataka -- 17 Feb 2006
Karwar, Karnataka -- 15 Feb 2006
Mangalore, Karnataka 13 Feb 2006
Bangalore, Karnataka -- 09-11 Feb 2006
Kannur, Kerala - - 07 Feb 2006
Talassery, Kerala - - 04 - 05 Feb 2006
Kozhikode, Kerala -- 08 - 10 Jan 2006
Kotttakkal, Kerala-- 06 Jan 2006
Amma Left for Japan - USA Tour:25 may 2006 - June 3 -6 2004
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Sunday, December 03, 2006
The story of Benson and Bensy**********In the speech Dr.Kalam was silent about this ;)
First let me share with you an incident during my visit to Kochi in 2003. I was introduced to a boy and girl named Benson and Bensy as HIV affected children along with their grandfather by the Secretary, Department of Health, Kerala. Immediately, I started talking to the children and I greeted them. The children were cheerful. Then I was informed that these two children were in a school near Kollam, and as soon the school authorities came to know about their disease pattern, they were turned out of school. This was big news in the media in Kerala. The children were denied admission because of parental pressure since they did not want their children to be with HIV affected children. Then the Secretary, Health Department met me at Rashtrapati Bhavan and briefed me on the type of problems. During the discussions we realized that the type of education and communication we have to spread on HIV is not reaching parents, school teachers and many support groups
Many Indian Parliamentarians Hold Incorrect Beliefs About HIV Transmission, Survey Says [Aug 24, 2006]
Nearly two-thirds of India's Parliament members incorrectly believe HIV is transmitted by sharing clothing, food, toilets and office spaces, according to a survey released to the Parliament on Wednesday, AP/Canada.com reports (Rabinowitz, AP/Canada.com, 8/24). According to the "Person-to-Person" survey -- released by India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and conducted by the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development -- 40% of the 250 parliamentarians surveyed said they believe HIV can be spread by working with an HIV-positive person; 56% think sharing food and utensils increases the risk of acquiring the virus; and 22.8% believe it is spread by using the same toilet seat as a person living with HIV/AIDS (Iyer, Hindustan Times, 8/23). The poll finds that 46% of Indian lawmakers are unaware that an HIV-positive mother can transmit the infection to her infant and that 64% incorrectly believe it can be spread by sharing clothes with an HIV-positive person
India's recently finalised HIV strategy, which will see it spending $2.5 billion over the next five years on prevention and treatment. :)
whether it will be carried out effectively is far from assured :D