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To question the legal standing…

To question the legal standing…

I would like to know whether online petitions and sms-driven petitions have a legal standing. [This refers to my earlier post, and small discussion with hapuchu] To explain: NDTV stated that they handed over the petition to the President. *That* is what I would be interested in. Does that petition have a legal standing? In …

MS “Hacker” sent to prison…

MS “Hacker” sent to prison…

From the pages of Wired.com: Microsoft Tricks Hacker Into Jail Nobody was ever arrested for leaking the secret source code for parts of the Windows operating system in 2004, but a hacker who sold a copy online afterward was sentenced to two years in federal prison Friday. William “IllWill” Genovese, 29, will serve three years …

You claim first amendment ONLY if you use your real identity…

You claim first amendment ONLY if you use your real identity…

It’s illegal to annoy A new federal law states that when you annoy someone on the Internet,you must disclose your identity. Here’s the relevant language.: “Whoever…utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet… without disclosing …

A truth is a truth…

A truth is a truth…

Coca-Cola Threatens Top Indian Photographer with Lawsuit London (July 12, 2005): The Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited, a subsidiary of the Atlanta based Coca-Cola company, has threatened Mr. Sharad Haksar, one of India’s celebrated photographers, with a lawsuit. Mr. Haksar, a leading international photographer and winner of the 2005 Cannes Silver Lion, has placed a …

And now, a logo for individual rights…

And now, a logo for individual rights…

As the public discussions and debates on individual rights, especially those related to privacy and identity, increasingly take importance, a new logo has been launched to represent Individual Rights. This new Individual-i logo “represents the right to privacy and anonymity in the information age. It represents the rights to an open government, due process, and …

Another magical rant…

Another magical rant…

(A rant relating to the field of magic) This is only for those that are interested in a rant that has everything to do with the art of legerdemain… Indian magicians and piracy: Ingredients for a controversy Nakul

Indian magicians and piracy: Ingredients for a controversy

Indian magicians and piracy: Ingredients for a controversy

Indian magicians, and Indian Magic, were made proud, when the March 2004 issue of the Linking Ring (The official publication of theInternational Brotherhood of Magicians) carried a feature article titled “Moral Magicians of India,” which documented how the magicians of this country were involved in social and development communication. By coincidence, the same issue also (through …

Faith healing not permissible: Allahabad HC

Faith healing not permissible: Allahabad HC

Rediff.com February 10, 2005 The Allahabad high court has ruled that no person or organisation can claim constitutional validity for “faith healing” citing the right to freedom of religion and right to protection of life. Justice Sunil Ambawani, while making the observation, said that both the rights are distinct from each and other and do …

A different perspective…

A different perspective…

Shobha Vasudevan in The Real Shankaracharya, published at Rediff.com writes: […] The Shankaracharya is in custody, the police are on a wild evidence hunt, and the media is marauding a large cut of the spoils. The seer’s high profile status has somehow been conveniently used to imply that he is a goon-wielding, power kooky tycoon. …

Expected. But surprising all the same!

Expected. But surprising all the same!

The Deccan Herald: Seer case accused turns hostile The Sankararaman murder case took a dramatic turn on Wednesday with a key accused telling a magistrate’s court in Kancheepuram that he was forced by the police to implicate the Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Mutt, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, in the case. […] Rediff.com Accused in Kanchi case …