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Highway robbery mastermind netted
Arun Sharma
Tibune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
The police, in its tirade against gangsters active in the state, had a major success in its kitty when it managed to nab Rajiv alias Raja, the mastermind behind highway robberies.

Though Panchkula Superintendent of Police Amitabh Dhillon refused to comment on the development, sources confirmed that Raja, a resident of the Tajganj area of Ludhiana, was caught by Haryana cops during the wee-hour raids at Ludhiana and Bathinda yesterday.

One more member of the gang was caught during the raids, which were conducted by a team of police personnel from Panchkula, along with police parties of Ambala and Kurukshetra districts.

After the raids, they were taken to Ambala for questioning followed by their interrogation by the Panchkula police here only. After that, both accused were taken to some undisclosed destination, said the sources.

Raja used to be a reporter at Ludhiana with a news channel before he stepped into the crime.

The 30-year-old Rajeev had been involved in three major robberies and murders in Ludhiana. Apart from being involved in the bone-chilling murder of Rajesh, owner of Raghav Jewellers, Ludhiana, he also led the gang that killed city-based jeweller Darshan Singh and his wife Paramjit Kaur in their house in 2006. He had also reportedly killed Jaswant Rai of Hemraj Jewellers in July, 2005.

The then DGP, SS Virk, had stated that Rajeev was one of the craftiest criminals of the state.

Following the murder of jewellers, Raja was arrested by the Ludhiana police in July, 2006, with the help of his paramour, only to escape from the custody on January 29 this year with the help of his accomplices at Barnala bus stand when he was being taken to Ludhiana from Bathinda to appear before a court. Two police personnel accompanying him were severely injured in the incident.



PU-Nepal varsity tie-up raises hackles
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor’s effort to help a budding university of Nepal by signing an MoU with it has raised many eyebrows as the university has failed to gain anything out of it.

The MoU that was signed recently with Pokhra University, Nepal, has failed to find many appreciators given the fact that even after 13 years of its establishment, it doesn’t have more than three professors till date.

“Collaborations are done with those universities where we can reap some benefits in terms of faculty, research or infrastructure. What does the Vice-Chancellor wish to gain out of this MoU?” questioned a senior faculty member.

RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, said: “The number of professors can’t be the yardstick to judge a university, as the Nepal government has recognised it. Moreover, everything is not done for benefit alone. Our government also gives grants to poor nations, what does it gain out of it? The MoU was approved by the Senate and if anybody has any objections, he can raise it in the Senate.”

However, professors at the PU seem to think otherwise, “The Vice-Chancellor should be bothered about our development. Our newly created courses have negligible faculty and even other departments are facing staff crunch. He has complained about lack of funds, so how can he even think of lending resources? Panjab University has still not reached the stage where it can afford to sign selfless MoUs. He should be looking at options wherein we can get faculty for our courses,” commented one of the Senators.



Hottest day in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Blistering heat continued to sweep the city today with temperature rising to 42.6° C, making it the hottest day of the season so far.

The maximum temperature rose to 42.6° C, four degree above normal, and minimum 29.2° C as per the Met records. According to the Met department forecast, there will be partly cloudy sky with duststorm and thunderstorm.

According to director Chattar Singh, there are chances that the temperature will go up in the coming days due to less rain this time.

He said there was forecast of rain in the isolated areas but the temperature would come down if it happens this week.

As per the records, 1995 was considered as the hottest year in the past more than 10 years in which the temperature was recorded 45.6° C.

People of the city had a tough time beating the heat and many stayed indoors and others, who had to go out, took precautions. People used caps, umbrellas, goggles and extra clothes to save themselves from the heat wave and sunrays.

"I have been avoiding going out, but due to the nature of my work I have no other option.

I protect myself with a dupatta (scarf) over my head, shades, umbrella and sip water continuously," said Sonia, working in an advertising agency.

"I don't know how will I survive if the heat continues for some more time?" questioned Preet Malhotra, a call centre executive.

Doctors believe that residents should take care of heat exhaustion, heat strokes and prickly heat.

A doctor explained that maintaining fluid levels of the body is vital in this weather.



City reels under water crisis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Water woes continue in the city with residents facing the heat, along with water scarcity. In fact, during the past few days, the shortage of water has become a routine affair in several parts of the city. While many southern sectors are already reeling under water shortage, some other sectors also complained of low-water pressure and even no water supply at all today.

Sectors 39, 45, 47, 49, 52, 50, 51 were already facing acute water shortage, and Sectors 28, 29 and 30 had low-water pressure.

While MC officials maintained that the water scarcity was seasonal with the demand shooting up to 95 million gallons per day (MGDs) and the supply remains static at about 87 MGDs in the summers. Though the prospective demand of the city was nearly 100 MGD, given the new areas which have been recently developed.

Similarly, in many new sectors, which have come up in the southern part of the city, have the residents complaining that the residents on the ground floors got the regular supply, but those on the upper floors were at the receiving end.



Sec 22 fire report
Periodic inspection, rejig of fire dept suggested
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Many notices, no action

The report underlines with concern that though the fire department had been issuing notices to violators for the fire safety rules, yet it has failed to seal even a single building under the Delhi Fire Services Act as applicable to Chandigarh

Chandigarh, June 4
The inquiry report into the Sector 22 fire, which claimed the lives of four persons, has recommended simultaneous periodic inspection of every commercial building in the city by representatives of the Estate Office, electricity department and the fire department.

Suggesting a major revamp of the fire department, the inquiry report, prepared by ADC PS Shergill, regretted that hundreds of commercial buildings had not been inspected for violation of the fire safety norms, building bylaws and electricity use norms.

Rapping the Municipal Corporation (MC) for not having a fire-fighting plan for the vulnerable areas, including villages, the report alleged that the fire safety norms had been thrown to winds in several congested markets like Shastri Market, Sector 22, Patel Market, Sector 15, Palika Bazar and Sadar Bazar, Sector 19, and Grain Market, Sector 26. The fire department should formulate a comprehensive fire-fighting plan for these areas and other vulnerable areas, including hotels, cinema halls and petrol stations.

Terming encroachments in the markets as a serious hindrance to the fire-fighting measures, the report recommended that the confiscated goods of the encroachers should be auctioned and money deposited in the treasury. Besides, strict disciplinary action should be taken against the enforcement staff for dereliction of duty.

Taking note of the fact that haphazard parking of the vehicles in Sector 22 hampered the rescue operations, the report mooted a plan for earmarking space for the movement of fire tenders and hydraulic platform.

Regarding the shortage of two station fire officers, four leading firemen, five drivers, one watch room duty operator, 47 firemen, one superintendent, one steno and one sweeper, the report wanted that these posts should be filled immediately.

If need be, the posts should be filled from the ex-servicemen. The report emphasised that in the aftermath of the 2004 Burail jailbreak case, the recruitment of the ex-servicemen as the jail staff had paid rich dividends and the experiment could be replicated in the fire department.

Apart from the manpower, the department should procure the sophisticated equipment, including 12 fire entry suits, fire proximity suits for all firemen, breathing apparatus (two with each fire tender), grill snatcher (one for each fire station), two additional hydraulic platforms and hands free wireless systems.

(To be concluded)


PGI doctors praise grit of farmer
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
A day after saving his legs following a gruelling and rare five-hour surgery, which required precision surgical tools as well as mill files to cut through the power tiller that had pierced his legs, doctors of the PGI were all floored by the “grit and the will power” of Santosh (27).

“He’s amazing. He showed exceptional courage and stamina. Most people would faint after being pierced by such sharp iron teeth like tool, but Santosh didn’t even look nervous. And this helped us save him from amputation of his limbs,” said Dr MS Dhillon, head of the orthopaedic department, PGI, who led the team of surgeons who conducted the complicated operation yesterday.

“Bleeding profusely and with the power tiller sticking out, Santosh stepped into the PGI front yard yesterday. Everyone else stepped back in horror. They stared, speechless, as Santosh with power tiller entered into emergency,” said a doctor. “Even we were horrified when we saw Santosh for the first time,” said Dr Raghav Saini.

“It was his strong will power that kept him alive,” said Dr Sameer Agarwal. Every breath was a torture and every step an agony. But he gritted his teeth through a bumpy six-hour ride to the hospital. Only then did he pray for a miracle and he got one in a team of the city’s best surgeons.

Santosh was working in his fields in Palampur (HP) on Tuesday when he accidentally slipped from the tractor and fell on the power tiller around 3 pm. The sharp teeth of the tiller pierced his legs and as people rushed to his help, after hearing his cries, they were just shocked to see his state.

With a smile on his face, Santosh appeared relieved and obviously happy with the outcome of the surgery. Barely 24 hours before, the mere thought of not being able to walk again had haunted him.

“He is stable now and has no major complication,” said Dr Dhillon. A relative of Santosh heaved a sigh of relief. “We had almost given up hope, but Santosh and the doctors did not. The PGI surgeons have made the impossible happen. It’s a miracle,” said his relative.



Govt not serious in checking river pollution: Seechewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal here today said that industrial waste is contaminating the water of all major rivers in Punjab, but neither the government is taking action on it nor is any help being provided to non-government organisations working for this cause.

Addressing a gathering at the local Press Club here, Seechewala, who had also cleaned river Kali Bein, asserted, “The industrial waste is polluting rivers like the Sutlej, Beas, Kalibein, Chitti Bein, and the water of these rivers is being used for the purpose of drinking.”

“In areas of Punjab where polluted water is being used, the residents of that area are becoming cancer patients. Earlier it was assumed that cancer was spreading due to air pollution, but now a study has revealed that cancer is spreading due to water pollution.”

He says that except four districts of Punjab, parts of Rajasthan are also facing problem of water pollution, leading to increase in cancer patients. “In all, 5,000 people have lost their lives due to cancer in Muktsar in last three years. Other than Muktsar, other districts of Punjab like Bathinda, Faridkot, Ferozepur the rise in the number of cancer patients is shocking.”

Seechewal added that in parts of Rajasthan where water is being distributed, the number of cancer patients is three times more than Punjab. He asserted that there are 6,000 patients in cancer hospital in Bikaner, half of them being residents of Rajasthan.

On the number of industries whose waste is polluting the rivers, he said, “Waste from 15,547 industries are falling in the river to prevent which the government must erect treatment plants. To ensure pollution-free water of the rivers, the government had made an act in 1974 but it has not yet been implemented.”

He said if the government works to ensure cleanliness of rivers, people might get pure water to drink.



Hunt on for missing realtor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
Though the police is yet to get any breakthrough in the missing incident of Deepak Rai Sagar, a property dealer from the town, two parties of the police have been dispatched towards Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

A few of the dealings Sagar was busy in nowadays were also being examined. At the moment, the police was looking into two deals, one at Bartana and another at Barog in Solan district, where Sagar was supposed to visit a day before he went missing on Monday night.

Sagar was to sell a property belonging to one of his clients over there, said the sources.

At Bartana, Sagar was to sell one of his property as he was in the need of Rs 20 lakh, even as the family members were not considering it as a potential reason behind his disappearance from the town, said the police sources.

Sagar had gone missing along with his black Skoda car on the night of Monday, when he went to visit a family friend at Maheshpur village in Sector 21.

The two mobile phones with Sagar at the time of incident were also put on surveillance and these were found switched off since then, said the sources.

Meanwhile, the family of Sagar said the investigation into the incident remained too slow.

“It was more than 48 hours since my father had gone missing and the police was yet to get any clue about him even after full cooperation from our side,” said Sameer, son of Sagar.

“More the delay, more it would be risky as my father was an acute diabetic, and he had no medicine with him at the time when he went missing,” he said.

“We have provided as much vehicles as the police asked for to go in search in various areas, but the police was yet to come out with any clue, leaving the family under constant fear of any untoward incident,” Sameer further said.

The police, however, denying any delay in the investigation, said they were at work and scrutinising each and every thing, including call details of both mobile phones.

While some police parties have already been dispatched to various areas in search of Sagar, wireless messages have been sent to all the three states of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, said the SHO of Sector 5 police station, Inspector Aman Kumar.



Maid’s Murder Case
Charges revoked against accused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
Following the submission of the family of Pushpa, a maid who was found dead at the residence of her employer Vishal Seth in Sector 20, that Seth was not responsible for her death, the police was mulling over registering a case under Section 182 of the IPC (for furnishing false information with intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person) against the complainant.

The family of Pushpa had submitted an affidavit to the police stating that Seth was not involved in the death of their child.

Following the allegations of the family on April 14 that Pushpa was tortured and raped before being murdered, the slum dwellers of the area had attacked the locality by pelting stones on buildings, damaging property and injuring some police personnel.

Pushpa was found dead at the house of Seth under mysterious circumstances following which her father Digpal claimed that his daughter was raped and tortured by her employer and the police registered an FIR under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC against Seth.

The case registered against Seth was cancelled and proceedings against the complainant family would be initiated under Section 182 of the IPC, said Karamvir Singh, SHO, Sector 20.



More rooms planned for Hotel Parkview
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
After a long wait, CITCO’s Hotel Parkview is all set for expansion with more rooms planned along with a gymnasium for guests and even its own employees.

Following the demand of CITCO employees to have a gymnasium at Hotel Parkview recently for the employees and guests, senior officials, including CITCO MD, and others visited the site.

Sources claimed that a decision had been taken that the officers’ apartments, situated in the hotel compound itself, would be vacated.

A gymnasium would then come up in the hotel and some more rooms would be added.

Earlier, the employees had demanded that the health equipment lying dumped in Hotel Mountview should be put to use at Hotel Parkview. The same could then by utilised both by guests at the hotels and also the employees.

After the existing gymnasium at Mountview was handed over to a private company, the hi-tech existing equipment of CITCO was replaced and lying dumped.

CITCO employees union had recently submitted a letter to the Managing Director of CITCO, requesting him that instead of auctioning the equipment, it should be put to use at Hotel Parkview.



Honour for Dr Chugh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Dr Kirpal S Chugh, Emeritus Professor of Nephrology, PGI, has been awarded the celebrity status of honorary life membership of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) recently during the World Congress of Nephrology at Milano, Italy.

He was honoured for his exceptional contribution to the ISN and the field of nephrology. The award was presented by Prof Edberhard Ritz, president of ISN.

Dr Chug is considered as the father of nephrology in India. He has made pioneering contribution to the development of nephrology in India and the neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.



Delay in payments hits export business
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Almost 80 per cent of the medium and small-scale export units of the region have seen a drop in order size in the past one year. According to a survey done by the PHD Chamber of Commerce here, almost 40 per cent of the units surveyed reported that delay in payments was affecting their business.

A survey titled “Effect of Global Slowdown on India’s Foreign Trade” was done recently with a sample size of 104, mainly covering industries like textiles and handicraft, wood and furniture, home furnishings, garments and carpets.

The export industries were looking for government to initiate steps to provide special packages to reduce rate of interest and excise duty, uniform VAT in all states, Income Tax rebate on exports and relaxation on import of raw materials, said the survey.



Consumer Courts
Nokia to pay Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed the in charge of Nokia Care and Nokia India Pvt Ltd, Delhi, to pay the complainant Rs 5,000 as compensation for harassment.

The forum also asked the telecom company to pay Rs 1,100 to the complainant as costs of litigation.

The complainant, Kamal Singh, a resident of Yamuna Nagar, stated in the petition that the complainant’s brother-in-law Suresh Chauhan purchased a Nokia mobile set for Rs 10,800 on October 13, 2006 from Harbans Singh & Co, Sector 22, Chandigarh.

As per the complainant, Suresh gifted the said mobile set to the complainant and the complainant was using the said mobile set from the date of its purchase. It was averred that the said mobile set started giving problems within a week after its purchase and on October 26, 2006, the complainant approached the Nokia Care Centre, an authorised service centre of the telecom company, who told the complainant to deposit an estimated amount of Rs 1,500 as repair charges despite the set being well within warranty period.

The complainant paid Rs 112 as advance payment and handed over the mobile set to the telecom company. The telecom company only mentioned one problem of “On-off switch not working” whereas the complainant also reported other problems like unclear sound and hanging of the mobile set.

Chauhan claimed to have visited the opposite parties office after four to five days and on November 4, 2006, when he approached the telecom company, he was informed that the mobile set had been sent to Bangalore for repair and the complainant was asked to visit again after a week.

Thereafter, he again visited the telecom company’s office many times but they made excuses on one pretext or the other and finally, he was told that he would be informed when the set was received.

Chauhan stated that he had received no information from the telecom company regarding the repair and delivery of his handset. The version of the Nokia telecom is that as per warranty terms, the complainant was not a consumer as the mobile set was sold to Suresh Chauhan and not to the complainant.

The commission held, “From the evidence on record, it is quite apparent that the telecom company is concocting a story to cover their deficiency in service. It is quite evident from the evidence on record that the mobile set only had a problem with regard to ‘on-off switch’ and for the repair of which, an estimate of Rs 1,500 was given by the telecom company. We, therefore, find the telecom company guilty not only of deficiency in service but also find them guilty of unfair trade practice because of which the complainant has been put to a lot of harassment, mental agony and financial loss, for which, he needs to be compensated.”

The district forum has directed the telecom company to give the repaired set to the complainant after receiving the balance amount of Rs 1,388, the learned district forum has not awarded any compensation or the cost of litigation to the complainant and no reason for the same has been given in the impugned order.



Company owner gets one-year jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced the owner of Deep Speed Ex Pvt Ltd to imprisonment of one-year for not complying with the orders of the forum.

The petitioner, Neelam Arora, a resident of Mohali, said she had sent four consignments of approximately 50 kgs each through the courier company to be delivered to her newly married son and daughter-in-law in London and UK, for which she was charged Rs 10,000.

The consignments were containing household articles, clothes, kitchen articles and valuable paints worth Rs 1.5 lakh.

The opposition party had promised to deliver the said consignments within five days, but the same were not at all delivered to the designated place and it had been confirmed that the same were lost in transit. Due to the above deficient act by the opposite party, the complaint was filed.

As per orders dated October 3, 2008, the complaint was allowed and the courier company was directed to refund the amount of Rs 90,000 to the complainant.

The courier company has not complied with the orders, therefore, the present execution application under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act has been filed by complainant to punish the opposite party for not complying with the order.

The forum thereafter issued non-bailable warrants of head of the courier company to be issued for July 10, 2009, for his arrest and detention in jail to undergo imprisonment awarded to him.



Welder gets shock, critical
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Jasbir Singh, a welding mechanic, was seriously burnt when he came in contact with high tension wires while repairing the tin roof of a liquor vend near Poultry Farm Chowk here this evening.

He was shifted to the Sector-32 Government Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. The victim a resident of Mohali district was stated to be out of danger, said the police.

According to eyewitnesses, the mechanic climbed over the tin roof of the country made liquor vend for repair work. The high-tension wire was hung about three feet high from the roof and the mechanic came in contact when he got up. He got burnt following a blast when he came in contact with the wire.

His face, arms and chest were badly burnt in the fire. He fell on the tin roof and was brought down by the onlookers.



Youth suffers burns in jhuggi fire
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
A 20-year-old youth was injured in a fire that broke out in jhuggis at Dhakka Colony in Sector 21 here today.

The injured, identified as Tikkam, who suffered 100 per cent burns, was sleeping in his jhuggi at the time of the incident.

According to information, it was around 6 pm that fire broke out at the jhuggi of Thakur Dass, a Dhakka colony near Azad colony.

Tikkam, son of Thakur Dass, was sleeping in the jhuggi at the time of the incident. The reason of the fire could not be ascertained, said Fire Brigade officials.

The adjoining jhuggi of Vijender was also damaged in the incident.

Tikkam was taken to General Hospital, Sector 6, from where doctors referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh.



Physiotherapy centre’s owner accused of racism
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 4
Employees of a physiotherapy centre staged a protest in Phase V here yesterday against the owner of the centre for allegedly misbehaving with women employees and also passing racial comments against Indians.

According to information, a person hailing from Korea is running the centre where he has employed Indians for various jobs.

He allegedly tries to misbehave with women on various pretexts and asks them to come to the office in western outfits instead of Indian dresses.

The employees of the centre filed a complaint to the police alleging that he passed derogatory comments against Indians.

The foreigner tried to defend but later apologised at the police station.



Power cuts back again
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 4
Power cuts are once again back in Mohali forcing residents to sweat it out in scorching heat.

The Punjab State Electricity Board started imposing one-hour power cuts from June 1. Residents who had been promised uninterrupted power supply before the elections were unaware when the supply was disrupted from 4 pm to 5 pm for the past three days. The duration of the power cut was increased today. The cut was imposed at 4 pm and the power was restored at 5.30 pm.

Ranjit Kaur, a resident of Phase IV, said it was only a beginning. Residents would have to bear longer power cuts in the coming days when the temperature would be soaring.

Due to power cuts, water supply also got adversely affected and residents who were already facing shortage of water would have to go through tough times, she added.

An official of the Public Health Department said a power cut was also imposed from 1 pm to 2 pm at Kajauli waterworks, which would adversely affect the water supply.

He said power cuts would affect the supply of water. If power cut was imposed in Sector 57, the underground service reservoir in Sector 64 would not get filled and residents of that area would not be able to get adequate water. Power cuts adversely affected the water pressure, which in turn created problems for residents who complained of low pressure.



Water shortage haunts Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali , June 4
Five sectors of Mohali have been facing acute shortage of water for past some days.

The worst affected sectors were Sectors 63 to 65, 70 and 71, which were supplied water by the treatment plant in Sector 57. The plant remained non-functional in the last two days due to a snag at Kajauli waterworks.

According to information, repair work had to be carried out and maintenance work was undertaken to restore water supply. Public Health officials said it would take around two days for the supply to become normal.

The residents said their life had become miserable, as there was no water available in this scorching heat.

Rajnish Jain, a resident of Phase IX, said the water had started to trickle this evening after two days.

The area was facing this problem for about last one month. The pressure was very low and people had to use pump sets to fill their overhead tanks, he added.

He said repeated complaints failed to yield any results, Rajnish said.



Social networking sites face phishers’ attack
Anil Maheshwari

It’s a Trap! Naughty web sites are out attempting to steal identity and personal information of Net users.

Web forgers (also known as phishers) are increasing their activities and finding out new ways to reach the netizens in pace with the fast expanding Internet.

The Internet users should always exercise caution before giving their personal information to a web page. Browsers of various hues and colours, such as Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox, etc. have provided built-in phishing protection to help the users by identifying the web forgeries.

The users can also make themselves safe from the web forgeries by not following links from their e-mails to banks or online commerce sites; instead they should use their bookmarks or make sure they type the URL in the address bar themselves.

Phishing is a form of identity theft that occurs when a malicious web site impersonates a legitimate one in order to acquire sensitive information such as passwords, account details or credit card numbers.

Phishing attacks usually come from email messages that attempt to lure the recipient into updating their personal information on fraudulent, but real looking web sites.

More information on phishing can be found at the Anti-Phishing Working Group and there are a number of examples and resources available at the Wikipedia phishing page.

The web forgery blocking is too simple. One can routinely report phishing pages but the perpetrator usually finds out such abuse reports and makes a simple change in his folder names or recreates his phishing page and that's all he would need to get around the block and he's back in business. It's a bit of a cat and mouse game with these phishers.

Forgery is the process of making, adapting or imitating objects, statistics or documents with the intent to deceive. The similar crime of fraud is the crime of deceiving another, including through the use of objects obtained through forgery. Copies, studio replicas and reproductions are not considered forgeries, though they may later become forgeries through knowing and willful misrepresentations.

In the case of forging money or currency it is more often called counterfeiting. But consumer goods are also counterfeits when they are not manufactured or produced by designated manufacture or producer given on the label or flagged by the trademark symbol. When the object forged is a record or document it is often called a false document.

In the 20th century the art market made forgeries highly profitable. There are widespread forgeries of especially valued artists such as drawings meant to be by Picasso, Klee and Matisse.

Forgery is one of the techniques of fraud, including identity theft. Forgery is one of the threats that have to be addressed by security engineering.

In Steven Spielberg 2002 motion picture “Catch Me If You Can”, which is based on real story of Frank Abagnale, a conman who stole over $2.5 million through forgery, imposture and other frauds is dramatised. His career in crime lasted six years from 1963 to 1969.

Hacking is not a new development. It has been prevalent since the World Wide Web (WWW) became popular. Hackers are now reinventing themselves to gain access to confidential information.

Facebook and Twitter, two popular social networking sites, too have recently fallen prey to the dirty deeds of the phishers. A computer expert says, “When one goes fishing, one throws one’s net in the area where there would be maximum number of fish. Similarly, social networking sites have the maximum number of catch for unscrupulous phishers.”

Twitter has released an official warning about a phishing scam that has duped users into handing over their passwords. As many as 13,000 users could have been affected. Twitter staff was helping users reclaim control of their accounts after falling for the scam, a message on the site's blog said today. "We are currently pushing a password reset on accounts we believe may have been caught in a phishing scam," the message read.

"Please exercise your best judgment when thinking about releasing your username and password to third parties." The victims were duped by an account called “Twittercut”, which has since been disabled.

This site unleashed messages promising users a quick boost in followers and directing them to a fraudulent website.

Every other day a new Facebook phishing scheme springs to life. Or rather the same scam keeps showing up disguised in a new country domain. First it was the .at domain, a couple of days ago the .be domain and now it seems .ru is being targeted.

A targeted victim received a message from one of the friends that sent him the "www.whiteflash.be message, with "Hello" as the subject and "www.vingers (enter dot) ru" as the message body.

The site looks like the Facebook login page but was a dubious way to try and steal the user credentials. Therefore, one should not provide one’s Facebook credentials to any site.

Anil Maheshwari is an editor with Instablogs.com. He may be contacted at anilm@instablogs.com



Training for AIE centre teachers ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The Orientation Training Programme for volunteer teachers for AIE centres, running under the Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyan, Chandigarh, concluded today.

The camp was organised in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, from June 1 to 5, 2009. During training, stress was laid to improve the health and hygiene conditions of students of the AIE centres. Resource persons also guided about midday meal, upgradation of survey, sibling care and story-telling skill development. Samwartak Singh visited the venue and gave suggestion for the better functioning of the AIE centres.


The Sohanjana Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, 46-D, has done a remarkable job in improving the environment of the school and the city under the green school project.

During the celebration of World Environment Day on June 5, the Sohanjana Eco-Club will be honoured with the Best Eco-Club Award (First) for the session 2007-08 organised by the Environment Department, Chandigarh, in association with an NGO Yuvsatta at Kansal Log Hut-Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

At present, the school has more than 650 trees, 61 different species of medicinal plants, one rainwater harvesting pit, pits for manure from dry leaves vermi-compost pit, besides ornamental potted plants and a lily pond.

The school is imparting environmental education to students through action-based environmental activities, besides spreading awareness by celebrating all environmental days.



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