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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Beware of fake email job offers!


HYDERABAD: The city police has cautioned citizens to be careful about fake job offers in the United Kingdom (UK) through e-mails.
Recently, an unemployed person was duped of more than Rs 4.60 lakh by an e-mail that offered a job in the UK.
According to Central Crime Station (CCS) DCP R S Praveen Kumar, the victim, Ch Sudhakar, who posted his resume on naukri.com, received an e-mail offering him the post of a software engineer with a salary of 4,800 pounds per month at Marriott Residence Hotel, London. Sudhakar was also offered an air ticket and free accommodation from Sir Powel, Human Resource Development Manager.
Sir Powel asked Sudhakar to contact Claire Tuhey (Asia zonal coordinator and office in-charge of British Council) for visa-processing.
Sudhakar was selected through an e-mail interview in which he was asked to give brief answers to the listed questions within 72 hours. Based on the score, he was sent an appointment letter through e-mail and lured to deposit Rs 4.63 lakh in various bank accounts for visa-processing.
"Believing that he had bagged a job in the UK, Sudhakar borrowed money from his friends and relatives. But, even after sending the money, he did not get the visa. Realising that he had been deceived by Nigerians, he lodged a complaint at the CCS,’’ Praveen Kumar said. The police has listed out measures to avoid getting duped by e-mails promising jobs. For any information on offers through emails/phone, citizens can visit ‘Frauds’ section on www.hyderabadpolice.gov.in or call Cyber Crimes Cell at 040-27852040 or mail to cybercell_hyd@hyd.appolice.gov.in.
The DCP claimed that there had been a steep decline in the incidence of cyber frauds after the launch of the city police department’s official website www.hyderabadpolice.gov.in.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hyderabad - a hackers' den




Hyderabad, Sept. 21: A city couple recently found, to their utter shock that an MMS of video clips of them in an intimate situation were spreading through emails and SMS. Another youngster of Adilabad circulated nude pictures of his girlfriend to his friends "just for fun" but landed in the police net.
These are just two instances of the various kinds of online crimes that the cyber crime cell of the AP police has to deal with. It receives an average of five complaints a month about obscene pictures alone. "Majority of the victims of such crimes are unmarried," said inspector P. Devandar of the Cyber Crime Cell. "They do not dare to come out and lodge a complaint." Girls who put up their photographs on social networking sites are actually running a risk.
One fine day, they may find morphed nude pictures of theirs in cyber space. And if you also leave your mobile number, you will get umpteen calls from strangers seeking sexual favours. In many such complaints received by the cyber crime cell, the villains turn out to of former friends or jealous ex-lovers. And often, when police discover the culprit, he works out a compromise with the victim.
But cops say that even if the offender does not repeat the crime, the clips keep on circulating. And there is nothing they can do about it. "Our advice to the public, especially to girls, is that they should not share photographs, even with friends," said Mr Devender. "Equations between friends may change and there is a possibility that a former friend may misuse a photograph and defame you in cyber space."
And those who spread such clips need not feel that they would not be traced. "The offenders believe they can remain anonymous in any cyber space but, like in conventional crime, they leave behind evidence," said the inspector. The cyber crime cell is also getting more complaints of hacking and phishing these days. Modern hackers are silent and stealthy and attacks are hard to detect. They don’t hack just for the heck of it. They hack for money. Companies often don’t know they have been attacked until a third party such as Symantec warns it.
"The hackers sneak in, get away with information, and the company does not even know it," said the inspector. In phishing attacks, hackers steal personal and financial data from computers of individuals and use them to make money. One in every 119 mails is a "phishing attempt". They direct the users to spurious websites which demand personal data and the gullible fall for it. Awareness is the antidote in this case.
"Stay away from dark alleys of Internet, and be careful what you download," said inspector Ravi Kumar Reddy. "Make sure you have the latest security patches and never reveal your passwords." Strangely enough, even aspirant hackers are being bamboozled. Those who go in search of free hacking tools on the Internet are often asked for the email id, password and credit card number. This is then misused. Cyber Crime sleuths say that they can do nothing against hackers who put up their tools on the Net. The only way is for the Net surfer to become aware of the booby traps in cyber
space.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

violators fail to pay the fine mentioned on the e-challans


City motorists are receiving e-chalans almost six months after
they had violated traffic rules. Surprisingly most of the cases are left free even
after the violators fail to pay the fine.
Most of them get tensed up and pay the fine in a nearby e-seva centre as the chalan
says "If failed to pay, you will be sentenced to three years of imprisonment."
The e-chalan concept that started in Hyderabad in May, 2007 came into effect from
June, 2007 and ever since then it tasted success.
Earlier, the police officials used to collect fines from the traffic violators on
the spot itself. After the introduction of the e-Chalan system, that came into
existence, the police will note down the number of the vehicle of the motorist who
had violates the traffic regulations and send the report to the e-Chalan department
at the Commissioner ate every evening. The concerned department will send notices to
the violators asking them to pay fine and also mentions the amount to be paid as
fine.
While the system and the cops are working round the clock to implement perfect
traffic rules and regulations across the city, most of the violators are failing to
pay the fines imposed on them for violating traffic rules.
"I don't remember violating traffic rules because the date and time on the
e-chalan are almost an year old," says V Abhishek, a Btech graduate.
"There are many issues regarding e-chalans that are to be sorted out. The most of the e-chalans are being received by wrong persons as either they had already sold off the vehicle or their friends who have used the vehicle had violated the traffic rules. The people who are willing sell their vehicles should also remember to get them registered on the buyer's name. Then there would be no such problems. We are working over it to solve such issues," said Surendra Babu, Additional Commissioner, Traffic.

Gandhi Hospital - syringes used for HIV positive - discarded carelessly


Bad sanitary practices at Gandhi Hospital are leaving patients high and dry, exposing them to a number of infectious diseases. Even syringes used for HIV positive patients are discarded carelessly.
A nine-year-old girl who is a HIV victim was admitted to the hospital a few days back. The nurses in the hospital are so careless that after giving injections to the girl, the used syringe was thrown carelessly and other little kids and their attendants who were placed in the same ward were found playing around with those syringes.
Not just the Children's medical ward, Gandhi Hospital has always been in the list of those hospitals which have poor sanitation and poor medical facilities even after spending over Rs 1 Lakh for maintaining sanitation in the hospital.
"Nurses are not available in the first floor though there is special counter made for them to sit and attend patients when needed. We have to take our sick children all the way to the ground floor and then bring them back carrying on our shoulders," explained Lakshmi, a patient's attendant.
While on the other hand, poor patients who visit the hospital are tortured for bribes by the security personnel standing at the entrance of the ward.
If bribe is not given, the patients are asked to take a gate pass and then enter the ward. There are no metal detectors for security and though there are security personnel placed at the entrance, they are busy demanding bribes and none check the baggage that the patients carry inside.
While this is the situation, the superintendent of the hospital Dr B Balraju says, "nothing of this sort has come to my notice."

Medical Negligence leaves people high and dry


Instances of medical negligence and callousness have gone up in twin cities with poor patients being turned away or denied medicare. These incidents are reported both from government and private hospitals with authorities turning a blind eye to the ever increasing menace.
On Friday a three-year-old girl was forced out of a corporate hospital, leaving her parents in the lurch. The girl, Shahadzada Arshia, was admitted to Kamineni Hospital after she suffered an electric shock. The girl's uncle out of anxiety walked up to the ICU and watched the girl from the glass window. This angered the duty doctor there and the girl was sent out. Later, her parents shifted her to another hospital.
"The little kid was not treated properly and the authorities here have asked us to take the child away. Without our consent, the discharge certificate was made ready," said Yousuf, the girl's uncle.
A couple of days ago, a severely ill HIV positive patient was denied admission by NIMS authorities. The patient was admitted to the premier hospital only after the relatives and friends staged dharna.
In yet another incident Gandhi hospital staff did not bother to properly dispose of the used syringes and other medical wastes. One of the syringes was used on a HIV positive person. The hospital superintendent, Dr B Balraju however, argued that "this has nothing to do with sanitation. Used syringes are not cleaned by workers to maintain sanitation."
A retired government employee, who was admitted to NIMS, was allegedly not treated properly. He suffered for 10 days and died. The nurse on duty allegedly refused to check his temperature. She reportedly shot back, "the pathology department has no thermometer. You have to buy it yourself."
"We have informed the same to the DME. It came into my notice after it happened. I had put a tight check on all the medicines after that incident," said Dr Ashok Kumar, Superintendent, Osmania General Hospital.
Srinivas, a patient in Osmania General Hospital, was administered anaesthesia for surgery. He was supposed to be in an unconscious state for two hours, but he regained consciousness within half-an-hour as the drug’s effect wore off. The city also witnessed a shocking incident where a DMO in Fever Hospital, Sudhakar, misbehaved with a 15-year-old girl. The doctor was reportedly drunk at the time of the incident. He was later suspended.
"It is really shocking and I personally feel very bad. He has been there for not more than a year with us. We have replaced him immediately after the incident happened, said Dr PP Prasad, the superintendent, Fever Hospital.
A doctor, who runs a private clinic near Pahadishareef in Cyberabad, reportedly stabbed a patient who visited him for treatment. In this case also, the doctor was reportedly drunk.
In a recent incident, a 60-year-old diabetic who came all the way from Mahbubnagar to Osmania General Hospital for treatment was made to walk all around the hospital. Later he just went away without receiving treatment.

Lack of info irks relatives


Lack of sign boards at Osmania General Hospital is leaving patients and visitors high and dry. Those visiting patients find it hard to locate their near and dear ones.
"We have come to meet a relative. We searched in vain as there are no sign or direction boards. The authorities too are non-cooperative. We are returning home without meeting the patient," said R Ramesh, who came to the hospital with his family members.
Admitting that such situations do happen in the hospital, a doctor who wants to remain unidentified said, "it will hardly take a day to fix the sign boards. If not sign boards, at least directions written on a piece of paper can be stuck on walls to guide patients and visitors."
Some of the wards do not have lights. Moreover the conditions in the hospital are simply deplorable. Nurses and Doctors too have a hard time attending to patients in these wards. Some of the corridors do not have lights making it difficult to move about in the hospital during nights. Several patients alleged that treatment was poor and facilities were bad.
"Surprisingly, the help desk is empty all the time and there is no one to guide patients within the hospital building. During my visits, I quite often guide patients to the wards mentioned on their OP sheets," said Jaffar Khan, an auto driver.
However, the superintendent of the hospital, Dr Ashok Kumar, said, "we are already working on those lines."

Cops struggle to find identity of victims


The medico legal cases that are being brought to the government hospitals by 108 emergency services are turning out to be a headache to the local police as most of the persons remain unidentified.
At least five cases a day are registered in Osmania General Hospital and Gandhi Hospital. Most of them found lying unconscious by thr road side are fully drunk and a few of them are orphans. The passers-by who show concern to them call up the 108 emergency services and As they be in person found lying on the road is
"If they die, we are finding it difficult to find out their personal details," said a police inspector.
"Most of the passers-by have a second thought in disclosing their details to the 108 services at the time of informing them about somebody who has been found lying at a public place," said an official of the Gandhi Hospital.
"Most of them admitted to the government hospitals die as they already have had certain health complications for a long time," said a doctor of Osmania General Hospital.
On the other hand, there are situations where the accident victims were not given treatment within the `Golden Hour' because hospitals refused to handle such cases. To ensure that hospitals and doctors recovered costs incurred in emergency cases, "Legal aspects of medicine and trauma should be made part of the curriculum in medical colleges, to erase misconceptions about handling emergency cases," says Vishal, a medical student of Osmania.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Net, MMS sleaze spreads


In a recent case in the state, MMS and videos via emails of couple in
compromising situations were being forwarded all over the net and through
cellphone by the guys themselves just for the kick of it.
A case was registered in Adilabad district in the state recently on Riyaz,
a youngster who had clicked obscene pictures of his girl friend and
forwarded them to all his friends just for fun. He was later appreheneded
by the police.
Many girls walk unsuspectingly into such situations, unaware that the guy
misuses these photos and videos and sends them across to his circle of
friends and which travels even beyond.
"I logged into my gmail inbox to check my e mails. I was shocked to
recieve an email that had a young girl undressed and having a chat with
her boyfriend," said Manoj (name changed), a communication professional
who resides in Dilsukhnagar.
"There are several such cases happening in the city. 99 per cent of the
victims are unmarried. They donot want to darely come out and lodge a
complaint against the offender," says P Devender, Inspector, Cyber Crime.
Its shocking that there are an average of 5 complaints per month receieved
by the Cyber Crime cell. Surprisingly, the victims just lodge a complaint
but they have second thoughts in registering a case.
It is a major form of an offence and under the 67 of the IT Act, for
publishing obscene material in electronic form, the punishment could be Rs
1 Lakh fine and five years of imprisonment. If the person repeates it, the
punishment will be Rs 2 Lakh fine and 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.

DO's and DON'Ts

Do

be aware of the way pose to the camera.
check the mentalities of the people you are freaking out with.
enquire about the person your aquainted with before you commit
have many numericals in your password
make sure your password has more than eight letters
last you can do is lodge a complaint against the offender if you know who
he is.

Donot

believe anybody in one meet
let anyone just click your pictures
reveal your email passwords to even your close friends
upload your private pictures into your email Ids
go for things out of thrill and fun. You will end up no where. (Especially
girls)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Free" mein miletho phenol math piyo ! Beware you'll be lured...


Free softwares that claim to help you to hack into passwords are availablefor free downloads all over the net. This implies that one doesn't need tobe a hacker or know about hacking since such free software supossedlymakes it a matter of child's play. But cyber experts say that hackers putup all this info over the net only to lure money from the user."Some of the hacking tools advertised on the net are genuine and some arenot but we cannot identify their quality by just checking over net," says P Devender, Inspector, Cyber Crimes.Most of the internet users click on the link once they find the word "free".Once you hit the link, a page appears that reads, "Enter your email ID andpassword. The free hacking tool software will be sent to your inbox."Once you type in your email and password, yes the software will definetlycome into your inbox but at the same time, your person information hasbeen sent across. Similarly, they ask for your credit card numbers for IDproof. This is even more dangerous. Somebody from abroad can easily useyour credit card to buy online items.Hacking tools available all over the net can really cause harm but theycannot be destroyed."For instance, a hacker from the USA could have put up all the informationregarding a hacking tool. The Indian law cannot interfere in it," explainsthe inspector.And when we talk about hackers, the main resource hackers rely upon, apartfrom their own ingenuity, is computer code. While there is a largecommunity of hackers on the Internet, only a relatively small number ofhackers actually program code. Many hackers seek out and download codewritten by other people. There are thousands of different programs hackersuse to explore computers and networks. These programs give hackers a lotof power over innocent users and organizations -- once a skilled hackerknows how a system works, he can design programs that exploit it.Not all hackers try to explore forbidden computer systems. Some use theirtalents and knowledge to create better software and security measures. Infact, many hackers who once used their skills to break into systems nowput that knowledge and ingenuity to use by creating more comprehensivesecurity measures. In a way, the Internet is a battleground betweendifferent kinds of hackers -- the bad guys, or black hats, who try toinfiltrate systems or spread viruses, and the good guys, or white hats,who bolster security systems and develop powerful virus protectionsoftware.It is not so easy to catch hold of them and put them behind the bars, saysthe Cyber Crime Inspector. It is because, the hacker would happily say hehacks into systems just because he wanted to know how the systems work. Toa hacker, a secure system is like Mt. Everest -- he or she infiltrates itfor the sheer challenge.There are severe punishments, fines and also imprisonment for variouscyber crimes Under IT Acts.Cyber Crime department says the hackers and the information they put upall over the net cannot be avoided but the general public who login tothose websites just because there is a word "free" there, can land them inserious troubles. So here is a warning for them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Email hacking now solved in Cyber Crime Cell


Email hacking has become a major cyber nuisance intwin cities with increasing number of net users complaining of losing their email data. Cyber victims can now lodge a complaint with the police for redressal of their grievance. Earlier, cyber police did not entertain complaints with regard to email hacking. Now the affected people can lodge complaints with the police. According to city cyber experts, over 60 per cent of the cyber attacks are hurled on the login pages. The hackers do nothing but focus on finding out the feeble loopholes in the designed pages of sites and format programs to launch repeated attacks. They inject devastating programs through these vulnerable points. "Hacking tools are readily available on the net for download," says John Diwakar, a software expert.
However, the websites which provide information on hacking tools claim that the data they put up is only for the sake of ethical hackers. "Hacking of the Email ID can happen only when a person reveals his password to a known person. Surprisingly, only persons whom we trust and give our password, tend to do such things", said Ravi Kumar Reddy, inspector, Cyber Crime. "Earlier, when an Email ID is hacked, all a person could do is, create another ID and upload all the important data once again. But now, he can lodge a complaint in the cyber crime department under CID situated at Nampally. The Cyber crime cops will track the hacker and the victim can get back his hacked Email ID," the inspector said.

A CEO at 22

Rituraj Sapkota, the creative director of Fl!pmind..

"For the youth by the youth".Yes this is the motto that the youngsters in the city are upto.Youngsters as young as 20-22 are turning entrepreneurs as soon as they areout of colleges. These micro businesses are funded by their own savingsand their business interests range from media and ad agencies to studiosand production houses.Rituraj Sapkota who has completed his graduation in Masscommunication fromLoyola Academy this year, started a firm, Fl!p Minds along with his friend Rommel Anand. By recruting around 15 freelancers who include content writers and conceptwriters, the two of them are getting away good with the business. We workin a no-hierarchy environment, we do events and videos that are FAR awayfrom mainstream ones, the two of them behind the origin of Fl!p Minds say."We started Fl!pmind because we needed to be at a level where we couldtake decisions and bring about change. And this we could not do whileworking for someone else. Hence we had to start something for ourselves.",says Rituraj Sapkota."We had faith in ourselves, we had gained enough experience in the fieldwhile we were in college and we also realized that success isnt aboutwalking fast on roads built by others but in building your own roads,"says Rommel Anand.Most of the youngsters drive to Suchitra only to visit 'Lucky LickersCoffee shop' owned by 22 year old Gautam Kumar.All wonder how he could manage starting a coffee shop, he says "I pouredin all my savings. I earned money by doing corporate films for businessorganisations and documentaries for NGOs"The softwares that most of the media houses and a few TV channels use inthe city have been developed by 'Next Click Solutions Pvt. Ltd' and thewhole soul proprietor of the company is Arun Varma a Btech graduate of CBIT and who is all of 23. He has started this organisation an year agowhen he was in his final year Engineering.

"My dream is to see that day when my company is equally competing withMicrosoft and Google. This will happen in the next ten years down theline," he proudly says.All of them seem to be working with one motto,"We are more of a community than an organization where everyone earns asmuch as he works for. Our basic objectivbe is to make a difference. Weuse young, innovative people and do a good job."


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Human Smuggling Racket - Twists and Turns




The human smuggling racket case that involved TRS MLA Kasipeta Lingaiah, is moving with more twists and turns. The Central CrimeStation cops have identified another woman Sumitra Ben who was shown as Tarainvolved in the same case before Sangeeta Ben Patel.According to CCS inspector Sarath Kumar, the appearence of Sumitra Ben being similar to that of Sangeeta Ben Patel, is the reason behind all thesetwists and turns. Sumitra Ben Patel is a house wife in Gujarat and wanted to leave abroadfor goodprospects. Thinking that she would never get a visa if applied in a propermanner,she consulted Bharatbhai Patel another accused in the case who is apassport brokeralong with other brokers. Bharatbhai arranged for a passport and wheneverythingwas made ready for her to fly to the US, Bharatbhai and his team realisedthatSumitra had already left for US through another broker.Then started all this high end drama where Sangeeta Ben Patel wasdisguised asSumitra Ben. As per a plan, the racketeers secured passport for Ms.Sumitra Benusing her photograph in the name of Mr. Lingaiah’s wife Tara. But Ms. SumitraBen struck deal with another agent and flew to America. "The agents beganlookingout for another client with similar facial features. That was whenSangeeta BenPatel met them," an investigator said.All these facts came into limelight only after the arrest of RajendraKumar Pitti andBharatbhai Patel a few days ago. Bharatbhai got bail when Raju wasarrested. Thecops interrogated both of them together and only then the facts came intolight.Raju Pitti, a key accused in the case, was the person who had brokered thedealbetween Sangeeta and the MLA. Raju was taken to Gujarat to locate Sangeetaandarrest her. He was introduced to Sangeeta by Bharatbhai Patel ofAhmedabad whoused to send 'cases' to Hyderabad.Rasheed, a former corporator who assisted Raju in getting fake passports,facilitating visas and sending out persons to the US was nabbed last yearby thecops. Kasipeta Lingiah was also arrested last year and is out on bail.Cops believe that persons like Sangeeta paid anything between Rs 10 - 15Lakh tosecure a visa to the US enlisting the services of legislators like Lingaiah.Sangeeta a working woman engaged in doing embroidery work was planning to goto the US to provide services of a maid in the homes of affluent Gujaratisin thatcountry.She had been absconding since the sensational human smuggling racket came tolight a year ago. She was brought to city on Friday after being arrested inAhmedabad on Thursday. Ms. Patel, wife of a businessman Jagdish BhaiPatel, wasaccused of attending visa interview at American Consulate, Chennai, alongwith Mr.Lingaiah falsely claiming as the latter’s wife.Sangeeta's visa was rejected just because she could not answer any of thequestionsposed to her in the American Consulate.A special team of Hyderabad Detective Department cops picked up Ms. Patel,themain missing link in the case, from her house in Bapunagar of Ahmedabad.She isthe sixth person to be arrested in the case after Mr. Lingaiah, passportbrokerMohd. Rasheed Ali, ex-corporator, Mohd. Muzaffar Ali Khan, commission agent,Bharat Bhai Patel and the alleged kingpin, Rajender Kumar Pitti.Rajendra Kumar Pitti alias Raju Pitti was produced in the Nampally CriminalCourt on Saturday at around 3:30 pm. Following this the Delhi police havefiled aproduction warrant to take the accused into their custody, inspector said.

Kidnap Case booked against Megastar Chiru


City police book kidnapping case against actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi of Praja Rajyam party. Parents of Nalini, the womanat thecentre of a row over her inter-caste marriage, which was blessed byChiranjeevi, onSaturday lodged a complaint against Chiru and Katti Padma Rao in SR Nagarpolice station.Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi is caught in a controversy after heattended aninter-caste wedding that triggered objections from the bride's family.According to SR Nagar inspector of police, D Pratap, Nalini's parents ManiandSubba Rao visited the police station on Saturday and gave a wriiten complaintagainst the actor and his party members Padma Rao. They also alleged thatwhenvisited Padma Rao's house, they were forcefully locked up in a room. The occasion was the marriage of noted Dalit activist-writer K PadmaRao's sonChetan with Nalini, a 24- year-old engineer belonging to an upper caste.Chiranjeevi attended the wedding, held at Film Nagar Club in Hyderabad onSaturday last, and blessed the couple. He also spoke spiritedly about thevirtues ofinter-caste marriage and the need for creating a casteless society.The event came in the backdrop of a turmoil on Chiranjeevi's home frontwith theelopement of his teenaged daughter with her lover last year after hereportedlydisapproved of their marriage.The film star's presence at the Dalit boy's wedding led to a bitter rowwith thebride's parents who alleged their daughter was forced into the wedlock andkept inconfinement by the family of the Dalit writer and with the "active supportof theactor".Incidentally, Padma Rao had recently joined Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam partywhose main plank is social justice.Accusing the actor of staging a drama only to gain political mileage forhis newly-launched party, Nalini's parents T Subba Rao and T Mani pointed out howChiranjeevi himself had disapproved of his teenage daughter's proposal tomarryher lover outside the caste.They went to a local television channel with their version of the storyand madeallegations against the actor and the Dalit writer.Nalini's parents claimed their daughter was engaged to a boy of the samecaste justa week ago. "When we came to know about the marriage through the media, wewent to Chiranjeevi's party office to plead with him to arrange a meetingwith ourdaughter. We were chased away by his fans," they said.They also took strong objection to the reported offer made by Chiranjeeviwhileblessing the couple, at the wedding ceremony, that he would adopt the bride."How can he encourage such marriages without parental consent when he himselfhad suffered mental agony after the elopement of his daughter?" thebride's parentsquestioned in presence of media.However, Praja Rajyam Party spokesman P Prabhakar said the actor had attendedthe wedding only as a guest and he had no role in the marriage."The whole controversy is unwarranted and it is ridiculous to dragChiranjeevi intothe row," he said.Meanwhile, Padma Rao said he had readily accepted the marriage proposal as hefirmly believed in encouraging inter-caste weddings."When the bride's parents came to me and raised objections to themarriage, I triedto convince them that we need to accept the marriage. Since the girl is amajor, sheis free to take decision on her marriage", Padma Rao said.Appearing before the media last night along with her husband, Nalini saidshe hasmarried on her own free will.Meanwhile, her parents today met Home Minister K Jana Reddy and Telugu DesamParty chief N Chandrababu Naidu separately and sought justice.The film star-turned-politician set off a fierce protest from TamminaSubba Raoand T. Mani, parents of the bride, Nalini, for reportedly calling her ashis ‘adopteddaughter’ at the wedding which was performed in their absence in ‘castelesstradition’.When the question came up at a press conference, Praja Rajyam spokespersonParakala Prabhakar said Mr. Chiranjeevi had just attended the wedding as aninvitee and that nothing more need be interpreted into his presence.Mr. Subba Rao and Ms. Mani, accompanied by a relative, Prasad, approached atelevision channel on Thursday, alleging that Ms. Nalini was forced into themarriage. Ms. Mani referring to Chiru, wondered how a person who still didnotaccept the inter-caste marriage of his own daughter Srija, over a yearago, could‘adopt’ a 24-year-old girl without the consent of her parents.Cases have been booked against Chiranjeevi, Padma Rao, Ketan and C SrinivasUnder Sections 366, 343 and 506 (Kidnap) IPC.On the other hand, Nalini's parents Subba Rao and Mani have filed apetition withthe State Human Rights Commission complaining of foul play in the marriage oftheir daughter stating that she was forcibly and fradulently got marriedto Ketan,the son Katti Padma Raoon August 30 with the active connivance of Chiranjeeviand that their daughter was already engaged to another boy on August 25. andwhen they went and confronted Padma Rao, they were wrongfully confined forthree days in a house belonging to Mr CN Rao and inspite of a complaintlodgedwith the Sanjeev Reddy Nagar Police Station, no action has been taken.They had arranged a press meet on Saturday evening and told the press thatChiranjeevi was behind their daughter's marriage. They also told that theyhave allthe evidences to say that Chiru was the man behind their daughter's marriage.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

City Center Mall -Murder conspiracy case - busted -


The city task force police have busted a murderconspiracy case in thecity and arrested seven persons, seized cash of Rs 6.1 Lakh, five daggersand a sword onWednesday.The accused were identified as Dr Mohd Abdul Hakeem, 32, Taher Hashmi, 22,AbbuHashmi 25, Naseem Hashmi, 20, Mustafa Hashmi, Mohd Mustafa, 35 and ParikiralaRaghupathi, 32.According to the cops, late Chand Seth is the owner of Mumtaz SupplyingCompany. Hehad five sons. Out of the five sons, two MA Nayeem Zaki and MA Munium akaHaji Sethwere together. They own a few function halls and furniture shops. Laterthey developedrifts as they had petty quarrels regarding their partnership in the property.One of the properties, the present "City Center Mall" situated atBanjaraHills was the wasthe bone of the contention regarding property partnership dispute betweentwo of them.There is a civil case pending in the court over this matter. As the casewas taking timeNayeem and his sons Nadeem and Dr Hakeem developed grudge against HiajiSeth and hissons. They wanted to eliminate them to settle scores.On that note, Dr Hakeem, the son of Nayeem planned to kill Haji Seth. Helooked out forpersons who can help him out in doing this. He approached Thaher Hashmi, aformeremployee under him and a close friend. Both of them met several times overthe issue andHashmi promised Hakeem to commit the offence.Hashmi arranged his associates Md Mustafa, a doctor and Raghupathi, apractisingadvocate at Warangal, who agreed to commit the offence for a remunerationof Rs 15Lakh.Hashmi and his brothers in greed of money coasted a sum of Rs 25 Lakh toDr Hakeem forexecuting the plan, where by they can keep Rs 10 Lakh after paying Rs 15Lakh to theWarangal gang. Dr Hakeem agreed to pay Rs 12.5 Lakh as advance.Out of Rs 12.5 Lakh adance, Rs 7 Lakh was paid as advance to Mustafa andRaghupathiagain of which Rs 3 Lakh was taken by Mustafa, Rs 4 Lakh by Raghupathi andRs 5.5Lakh by Thaher Hashmi and his brothers.Mustafa and Raghupathi engaged Paramesh and Raghu as both them have acriminalbackground to successfully execute the plan and all of them were waitingfor the right timeto execute the plan.At this point, the task force police came to know the whole issue andarrested the accused.Paramesh, Raghu, Nayeem Zaki and Nadeem Zaki are still absconding. Effortsare beingmade by the cops to trace them.All the arrested accused persons along with the seized property werehanded over to theChandrayangutta police for further investigation.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Network and win a job offer !!



Corporates, HR pros and recruiting officers are visiting Social Networking sites to identify individuals who can be hired.
Those who have good profiles and come across as enterprising are approached informally first - this makes it easier to filter a person before making the whole process too formal.
Most of the recruitment officers were students at Colleges when Orkut, Facebook and Myspace hit the Web, and though they weren't quite sure what to make of the social networking site at first, they flocked to it -- just like millions and millions of their peers.
Today, Orkut, Facebook and social networking pioneer My Space are Internet juggernauts with more than 160 million users and more signing up every day. Which recently got many people thinking, maybe those networks might be more than just a handy way to stay in touch with friends.
"My manager and my supervisor didn't know much about them. But I showed them around the sites and they thought using them could be a great idea," says Sriram V, an employee with HCL. Not surprisingly, they aren't alone.
Locally and nationally, recruiters and employers are increasingly turning to Orkut, Facebook and MySpace to help them find and hire talented professionals.
It's an unexpected use for sites originally launched for strictly social purposes and targeted almost exclusively at young people. But some recruiting officers say the huge memberships at Orkut, MySpace and Facebook give them almost unlimited access to millions of potential employees.
"You really can find candidates out there," he added "It's the new version of cold calling," says G Manohar Reddy, a software engineer with Wipro.
But as the number of recruiters and companies looking at these sites grows, many questions remain unanswered about how content on Orkut, MySpace and Facebook can be used in hiring or firing.
There's no mystery to the appeal of Orkut, MySpace and Facebook to recruiters and other employers. The sites' popularity, and the vast scope of their user base, make them a fast, easy way to find young professionals.
Orkut with over 70 million, MySpace with more than 100 million users, and Facebook with more than 60 million, are the three dominant forces in the world of online social networking, and as their users grow older, the sites figure to become more useful for business.
Facebook, for instance, reports that half of its current users aren't in college and that its fastest-growing demographic is those 25 and older. It also dominates the university scene, with 85 percent market share at four-year colleges.
"These started out as a social networking tool, allowing you to connect with like-minded individuals," said Kulwinder Singh, Head- Global Marketing and Communications.
"But they've become a tool for companies like mine. My guys will go out there and search with it. People put the companies they've worked for on their pages, and if we know we're looking for an accountant, they'll look out for an accountant. What it does is allow you to reach out to people who are not actively searching for jobs." He added, "It's kind of a warm point of contact, which I've found very useful." His clients stand to benefit. "I have had that Facebook account since college," he said.
"It was just a fun thing. I had no ideas of using that as a networking tool as far as getting a job," says S Rituraj of Flip Mind.
John Diwakar, a Btech graduate said his page never had much in the way of objectionable content on it anyway. But John now says the fact that he knows potential employers may be looking at his site has changed the way he uses it -- not to mention his standards for what can and can't be posted there.
On an average, nearly seven per cent of the hiring happened through Orkut, LinkedIn or Facebook in the city.
"The power of the brand in the social media is important to new generation kids who spend about one-fifth of their lives online. So, how do I appeal to the new generation?"
In the eighties it was the ‘popularity’ of the company that mattered to candidates, in the 1990s it was the safety and the security that the company offered. But now it’s the power of the social media that’s overtaking everything else.
However, social networking sites as a medium for employer branding may only appeal to a section of recruiters, said Sunil Kharidehal, a software engineer at Oracle.
"We cannot simply trust the information displayed on social networking sites. To get in touch with experienced professionals, job sites are the best option. But if the company wants to recruit freshers, this is a good option as many youngsters and college students have their profiles on these sites," opined G Sugunakar, a recruitment officer at Eureka Technocrats.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Literates - a new class of terrorists



The recently busted ten accused of banned SIMI-members (Students Islamic Movement of India) in their alleged involvement in Ahmedabad blasts has once again raised a question as what lays the literate people to resort to heinous terror strike. Some of the arrested SIMI members are highly qualified.
One of the ten suspects, Usman Agarbatiwala, who is in the custody of the Gujarat crime branch for their alleged role in the Ahmedabad serial blasts, holds a diploma in Human Rights from the MS University in Vadodara.

The alleged mastermind behind the blasts, Mufti Abdul Bashar Kasmi alias Shaukeer is an editor, tutor and preacher.
Is there any fault in our education system? Do they get different education which preaches them violence? It is certainly not. No education imparts terror. Many people receive the same education, but very few get involved with such type of unlawful activities. They must be feeble-minded people who come under easy influence to insurgents.
Education makes people capable of wise thinking and helps them in making differentiation-what is right and what is wrong. If these so educated people become puppet at the hand of handful of terror elements, what would be of those illiterate ones, whose minds are so plain to be imprinted anything easily.
For few years, many highly qualified people are found involved in terrorist activities. It seems when many students choose engineering, medical, civil services as career, some prefer to pursue career in terrorism. Many of them belong to wealthy class and are well qualified. So the age-old notion that economic deprivation and the inadequate education are the only cause of these people’s involvement in terrorists activities do not hold much ground now. However, these can be a mere speculation, but the recent years’ findings involving qualified, young student in spreading terrorism leads us to think in this way.
Ahmedabad blasts (2008) – alleged mastermind is a teacher, Jaipur blasts (2008) – alleged hands of a medical student, Bangalore blasts (2005) – mastermind is an engineer and alike unearthed after investigations that highly qualified persons have been involved in terror strikes. Why? It is still difficult to answer.
Is the Indian government knowingly or unknowingly nurturing hate among the minority community? Are the policies of government unwittingly developing a thought in them that they belong to second-class? It is absolutely not. India is a country of multi lingua, multi religio-culture and people here from the ancient periods have been involved in adopting every new culture and religion. If Ram is our God, Rahim too. Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Irfan Khan, Dr. Kalam are our national heroes. They rule our heart; they are not bound by any religion.
Despite that, one percent throws light on such discrimination, when people like Shabana Azmi, a well-known face and renowned actor says, being a Muslim, she had to face difficulty in purchasing a house in Mumbai.
For a while if we believe there is truth in it, no religion allows anyone merciless killing of innocent people. Resorting to violent means of terror strikes can not justify such discrimination at any cost. On the other hand, if any such type of discrimination exists in our enduring society, government should need to take the issue at the earliest.
Terrorism is not an issue of our country only. It has spread its tentacles across the globe. It needs to be uprooted with collective hands- not bound by boundary. Stringent laws must be made to deal with such people who don’t understand any language other than gun.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blackmailer kids - a mental torture to parents



Emotional blackmail is a powerful form of manipulation in which people close to us threaten, either directly or indirectly to punish us if we don't do what they want. At the heart of any kind of blackmail is one basic threat, which can be expressed in many different ways: "If you don't behave the way I want you to, you will suffer."
But I am not talking about those blackmailers who do it with all their senses in control. Shockingly, it is about school going kids, all under 13, who are turning into emotional blackmailers. Psychiatrists are treating such cases in large numbers every month. The number has gradually shot up from 5 a week to 5 a day now which is relatively high.
When 10-year-old Sasanka was denied an icecream, he blackmailed his mom Maitreyi saying, "if you don't buy me an icecream, my dead promise".
Shocked Maitreyi, couldn't speak a word. Little school going kids have adopted this nature of emotionally blackmailing their parents or kith or kin to fulfill their wants and desires.

Case studies :
A 11-year-old girl child who is from a middle class family was brought to the psychiatrist by her parents in a later stage after she did not attend school for an year just because she was denied an electronic item that she asked her parents to buy for her. Later, when she was put in a hostel, she stopped eating food and the parents were informed by the hostel authorities that they better take their child away. Depressed parents finally brought in the kid to the psychiatrist but in a final stage.
Shockingly, a 7-year-old boy child who is from a well-to-do family had to be brought to a psychiatrist after he threatened his parents by hiding himself in the cellar of their apartments for one full day. The parents were literally in tears and shock and the boy cooly says, " If you don't buy me what I want, I will repeat this."
In another case, peculiarly, the parents actually told their 8-year-old girl child, "If you do well in your unit test, I will buy gold ornmaments for you." Used to this kind of a behaviour, the kid actually started saying "here is my lit of wants, buy them for me first only then I would attend my exams."
Certains kids are scary as they hold their breathe for a few minutes and they turn blue by causing panic in parents just because their wants are not being fulfilled.
"My four-year-old daughter bangs her head to the wall and rolls on the floor and cries badly if I don't buy her what she asks for," said Yashoda Mithra, a media professional.
"My 11-year-old son acts weird and he starves when I ask him to study and he demands me to buy him a gift for him to study. But I schedule things with him. I tell him "when I am cooking, you should complete your work. Then we can both sit together and watch Tv", says Kavitha Reddy, a designer in the city.
"My sister's seven-year-old son broke the television screen just because he was denied an ice cream when he was running temperature. Later he starved for a day and we were all shocked of his weird behaviour," says T Anusha, a BSC graduate.

Causes:
Psychologists say that the most casual conversations between parents is influencing their kids in a negative way. Such things have been happening in large numbers these days just because of the choice that has evolved in the list of haves and havenots, need for an academic excellence and finally parents are able to afford and so children are taking an advantage of it.
A case study where a father of a 9-year-old boy came back home and told his wife, "I had a salary hike today just because I blackmailed my boss saying that I would resign." The kid who listened to all this conversation, adopted the same way of blackmailing his parents by saying, "If you don't buy me Reebok shoes, I will not go to school."
"The tendency of kids blackmailing their parents is increasingly going up when compared to the past. Parents want to compensate their kids from getting less attention from them with gifts which is making kids more used to that kind of a behaviour and one "NO" is not taken as a final answer by the kid", opined Dr MS Reddy, MD, Asha Hospital.

Identifying such behaviour:
Such behaviour can be identified in a very young age. At this stage, parents can identify children making unreasonable demands.
"For example, a kid need not be gifted with something to write a unit test." Blackmailing techniques the kids have adopted: "They start demanding for things when they are in public and not at home just because at home, they would get a tight slap", explains Purnima Nagaraja, a psychiatrist.
First thing kids say is, "I don't want to attend school." They cry and roll on the floor and act realistically just for the parents to get scared of their behaviour.
An eight-year-old kid starts banging his head to a wall or the floor or he destroys dad's cellphone or any valuable thing at home if his desires are not fulfilled by the parents.
A 9-year-old boy, a resident of Maredpally, Secunderabad, ran away from home and reached Durgam Cheruvu near Jubilee hills and slept there for one whole night just because his parents denied an i-pod to him.
Sadly, such kids are being brought to the notice of psychiatrists only in the final stage.

Possible therapy :
Purnima Nagaraja, a psychiatrist explains a possible therapy to treat such kids.
1. First of all, parents of the blackmailer kid are to be councelled. Parents and their kid have to be explained an acceptable mode of behaviour.
2. Family conflicts or parental misunderstandings, if any are to be solved.
3. Talking to the child and understanding his/ her mentality. For example, is the kid attention seeking or has he had needs that are not fulfilled or he/ she is behaving so just out of ego that her fellow students' possession of costly items.
4. Parents should be re-taught and re-trained to say "no"
5. Behavioral contact should be made clear to the parents i.e; they should be able tell their kid, " If you need something, earn it with your good behaviour or by studying well. When you behave well, you will automatically get what you want."
6. Such kids are to be taught of regular and moral value systems.
7. Finally, the therapy that is used to treat such kids is known as play therapy. This therapy is dealt in a one-hour session where kids are narrated a story and are asked to tell what the moral of the story is. In about 3 to 4 sessions, the kids can be brought back to normal.
Sometimes it seems as if nothing works with this kind of blackmailer kid, and sometimes nothing does. But psychiatrists say, parents be successfull if you stick to the principles of non defensive communication and stay conscious of the following do's and don'ts.

In dealing blackmailer kids, DON'T:
Expect them to take the first step towards resolving the conflict. Plead with them to tell you what's wrong.
Keep after them for a response (which will only make them withdraw more).
Criticize, analyze or interpret their motives, character or inability to be direct.
Willingly accept blame for whatever they're upset about to get them into a better mood.
Allow them to change the Subject.
Get intimidated by the tension and anger in the air.
Let your frustration cause you to make threats you really don't mean (e.g., "If you don't tell me what's wrong, I'll never speak to you again").
Assume that if they ultimately apologize, it will be followed by any significant change in their behavior.
Expect major personality changes, even if they recognize what they're doing and are willing to work on it. Remember: Behavior can change. Personality styles usually don't.

Do use the following techniques:
Remember that you are dealing with people who feel inadequate and powerless and who are afraid of your ability to hurt or abandon them.
Confront them when they're more able to hear what you have to say.
Consider writing a letter. It may feel less threatening to them.
Reassure them that they can tell you what they're angry about and you will hear them out without retaliating.
Use tact and diplomacy. This will reassure them that you won't exploit their vulnerabilities and bludgeon them with recriminations.
Say reassuring things like "I know you're angry right now, and I'll be willing to discuss this with you as soon as you're ready to talk about it," Then leave them alone. You'll only make them withdraw more if you don't.
Don't be afraid to tell them that their behavior is upsetting to you, but begin by expressing appreciation.
For example: "Son, I really care about you, and I think you're one of the smartest people I know, but it really bothers me when you clam up every time we disagree about something and just walk away is hurting our relationship, and I wonder if you would talk to me about that."
Stay focused on the issue you're upset about.
Expect to be attacked when you express a grievance, because they experience your assertion as an attack on them as an attack on them.
Let them know that you know they're angry and what you're willing to do about it.
Accept the fact that you will have to make the first move most, if not all of the time.
Let some things slide Generally emotional blackmailers hate to lose. They take the old adage "It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game", and turn it on its head to read "It doesn't matter how you play the game as long as you do not lose."
Psychiatrists explain some specific ways to answer the most common types of responses. It can't emphasize too strongly how important it is to practice saying these statements until they feel natural to you.

*When they say : If you don't take care of me, I'll wind up in the hospital/on the street/unable to work.
Then you say : That's your choice.
* When they say : You'll never see your kids again.
Then you say : I hope you won't do that, but I've made my decision.
* When they say : You'll de stroy this family.
Then you say : I know you're very angry right now.
* When they say: You're not my parent anymore.
Then you say: When you've had a chance to think about this, maybe you'll change your mind.
* When they say: I'm cutting you out of my will.
Then you say: Why don't we talk about this again when you're less upset
* When they say: I'll get sick. I'll make you suffer.
Then you say: Threats/suffering/tears aren't going to work anymore.
* When they say : You'll be sorry.
Then you say: I'm sorry you're upset.

Friday, August 22, 2008

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Emergency services strengthened to save more lives



Implementation of emergency services seems to have failed in serving the purpose of saving lives of people, as not just the services provided by ambulances can save lives. Lack of proper infrastructure in the state-run hospitals is taking away the lives of many people at the time of emergency. Focusing on this aspect, in order to save more lives, Emergency Management Research Institute has initiated a new orientation training programme in accident and emergency care exclusively for doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff working with government hospitals under Andhra Pradesh Vaidhya Vidhana Parishad (APVVP).
Started as a public-private organisation, the government has initiated to meet the maximum amount of the annual budget of the Emergency Management & Research Institute (EMRI) and Health Management & Research Institute (HMRI).
EMRI and HMRI have been started to provide 24-hour emergency medicare to people through 450 ambulances and through an advice-on-phone service, Health Information Helpline, in public-private partnership. Initiated two months back, this programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills pertaining to emergency and trauma presentations at the casualty rooms.
Apart from handling the day- to-day emergencies (medical, police and fire), EMRI has made progress in Emergency, Research & Training and is offering a 2 year full time residential Postgraduate Program in Emergency Care (EMT-A).
"This program is the first of its kind in India that is expected to deliver the highest quality education and comprehensive training in the field of emergency care services. The training program also intends to enable them to identify the emergencies and appropriate interventions required, perform the required skills and emergency interventions according to the recent guidelines and bring about a change in their attitude and approach to emergency presentations in their practice," explains Dr Ramana Rao, learning programme trainer, EMRI. EMRI officials said that all the faculty members are certified instructors from EMRI.
Apart from that there are instructors on behalf of American Heart Association and American College of Emergency Physicians who are also accommodated in the faculty members. The program is being designed with separate modules for doctors, nurses and paramedical Staff.
Besides Basic Life Support, advanced Life Support, Advanced Airway Management and Periarrest arrhythmia management, doctors will also be trained in General Approach to a medically ill patient, Clinical Care Protocols, Patient work up, Interpretation of important lab interventions and Referral management of a medically ill patient. Training on approach to a trauma patient, Management of Head, Neck and Spinal trauma, Management of abdominal and extremities, Referral management protocols for a trauma are also a part of the orientation programme for doctors. Nurses will also be given training on Crash cart Orientation on Use and maintenance of equipment.
The Arogyasri scheme combines emergency services, medical consultancy and medical insurance in a single package. This scheme was launched by Ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam during his visit to Hyderabad. The three schemes were being implemented independently till now. While Arogyasri was a government scheme, EMRI and HMRI facilities are being run with the support of Satyam Foundation.
The other organisations and individuals involved with the initiative include the Indian School of Business, Public Health Foundation of India and few others. "The only objective of EMRI is to provide an organised, integrated, accessible '108 Emergency Response Service' to an individual at the time of emergency, be it medical, police, fire in a timely manner," added Dr Ramana Rao.
"108 ambulance drops the patient in the hospital on time. At the same time we donot want any delays at the hospital's emergency room. That is the reason we are also training the class IV employees with reagard to lifting the patient and attending carefully," said Dr PV Rao, Commissioner APVVP.
Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) is dedicated to saving lives, with a single objective : providing an organized, integrated, accessible '108 Emergency Response Service' to an individual in need of emergency, be it medical, police, fire in a timely manner.
State-of-the-art infrastructure, the best of people and technology have contributed to providing world class emergency services under one roof.
Having launched the 108 Emergency Response Service on August 15, 2005, in Hyderabad EMRI presently provides services in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttarakhand with over 650 ambulances and over 4,500 people. EMRI is currently saving over 4,500 lives per month and has so far saved over 30,000 lives - with technical support provided by Satyam computers among its other associates and partners.
In a Public Private Partnership mode EMRI plans to extend the 108 Emergency Response Service throughout India by 2010 and save a million lives per annum.
Already, EMRI has also signed up with the Governments of Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to launch the 108 Emergency Response Service in these states. Apart from handling the day- to-day emergencies (medical, police and fire), EMRI has made progress in Emergency Research & Training and offers a 2 year full time residential Postgraduate Program in Emergency Care (EMT-A). This program is the first of its kind in India that will deliver the highest quality education and comprehensive training in the field of emergency care services.
Another toll free emergency number is the HMRI's 104 which is the sister organisation of EMRI. Health Management Research Institute's 104 mobile service unit will visit a specified habitation of 1500 habitation population once a month to cater to the needs of pregnant women, infants and victims of chronic illnesses through diagnosis, advice and distribution of medicines for specific ailments.
Under the scheme, ‘village hospital patients’ will be connected to centrally located pool of doctors. The mobile unit will have hospital information, including patient records, critical services equipment and physicians. Catergorised under Rajiv Arogyasri scheme along with 108, the HMRI's 104 has been running a Health Information Help Line in Public-Private Partnership with the state government which is already addressing over 50,000 calls a day and proving successful in its way.
HMRI currently has 3500 call takers, 130 doctors, 500 software engineers and 50 management personnel who work round the clock to cater to the needs of poor who reside at the farthest places. The Arogyasri scheme combines emergency services, medical consultancy and medical insurance in a single package. This scheme was launched by Ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam during his visit to Hyderabad. The three schemes were being implemented independently till now. While Arogyasri is a government scheme, EMRI and HMRI facilities are being run with the support of Satyam Foundation.
The other organisations and individuals involved with the initiative include the Indian School of Business, Public Health Foundation of India and few others.
Quick Facts
* EMRI presently provides services in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttarakhand
* It has over 650 ambulances, 15 Prime Responder Vehicles and over 4,500 people.
* EMRI is currently saving over 4,500 lives per month and has so far saved over 30,000 lives.
* Most of the cases dealt are critical cases of Medical- Emergencies in which the percentage of Trauma Vehicular are 18 per cent, Maternal Complications are 22 per cent, Suicidal attempts are 6 per cent, Cardiac are 4 per cent.
* Ambulance reaches within 14 minutes in urban areas and within 22 minutes rural areas.
* HMRI's 104 is already addressing over 50,000 calls a day

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Child suicides on rise ..



Thirteen-year-old Vishwas was a ninth standard student who had neverfailed anexam in his life, but on one fine day, he came back from school wentupstairs andhanged himself.In a suicide note, Vishwas had written that he could not bear theharassment hefaced in his school everyday.


In fact statistics reveal that suicide rate among young teens haveincreased byalmost 300 per cent.


Supporting this statement Purnima Nagaraja, a psychiatrist in the city,explains afew of those little kids who met her for a possible solution for theirdepression.


"A 12-year-old girl who is from a well-to-do family was brought to me by herparents when she attempted suicide by consuming harpic as she was teasedby herclassmates for she din't mature then. Her classmates passed dirty jokes andcomments on her saying that she had been having sex with boys and so she waspregnant and so she din't have periods. The little girl when told herparents, theyjust asked her to ignore them. The girl din't get proper answers for thequestionsshe asked her mom about sex. Depressed she, attempted suicide.


"Another case where an 8-year-old girl attempted suicide for she was teasedby herfellow students for not being able to speak good English. "The little girl attempted suicide by consuming 2 strips of pain killer tablets that her mom uses. The little girlwas then convinced and sent to school. Later, as she din't want to attend that school at all, she again attempted suicide by consuming phenol.


"One more sad case is where a 9-year-old boy was brought to Purnima by hisparentsfor a possible solution for his depression. "The little boy was very leanand that wasthe reason why he had become a laughing stock in his school. He wasdisheartenedand started disliking all the things he was fond of earlier. The boyturned out to be alast ranker from a topper", Purnima explains.


A research says that suicide is the sixth leading cause of death among sixto 14-year-olds and the third leading cause for 15 to 25 year olds.


The study by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciencessays over a1,000 young teens committed suicides in Hyderabad and Bangalore in 2007.But what really goes on in the adolescent mind before it decides to takethat finalplunge?


Experts find out that it is never an impulsive decision, butrather a wellthought out process.


Increased incidents of childhood depression and decreased family supportadd to it.Coping is basically a learned behaviour the way we function under stressis more alearned behaviour for example one child under stress may perform verygreat at thesame time the other child may find it very difficult to cope with itdepending onchild's growth and the way he has learned to cope with it. It determines in the adolescent how he would cope up with those problems.


But, how do we know if a child is edging towards self harm?


Prof C Beena, HOD Psychology department OU says,"the child starts behaving very differentlyall of asudden. He may start sitting and mourning in his own room, sittingisolated fromhis friends. He may give away lot of things that he has been very fond ofand maybehave in a way as if life is very cool now onwards or if he was disturbedsometimeback, then may become very cheerful."


A leading psychiatrist of the International Institute of Mental Health in aspeech said, "girls attempt suicide more often but more boys end up dying as their attempts are successful."


Exam time is a very stressful period specially if your child is preparingfor boardsso keep an eye on how your child is reacting to all the stress and if heis not taking ittoo well then help him relax and deal with it.


"My child always threatens me of committing suicide whenever I be littlerude toher for getting less marks in mathematics. Kids these days feel that theyhave a good", explained Lakshmi Sindhu, mother of a 10th class student.


"I see many little kids who sit in the back benches depressed and sad just because they can't speak good english. Such kids should be councelled and taken more care of", says Vani Thakur, a teacher in Foster School.


Once the parents or peer group are aware of a child's tendency of self harm they need to, start communicating with him and tune in to his or her world afterreturning from work.You need to listen and talk it out, but don't be judgemental. And ifpossible don'tleave the child alone. If you feel you need, seek help from a professional, psychology experts say.

Communicable diseases playing havoc with people's lives


After a two day period of incessant rainfall in the city,
communicable diseases have at last found the suitable climate to erupt and
play havoc with people’s lives. The city is now a hub of various virus and bacteria that
are good at spelling doom for public health.
In this four days after the incessant rainfall, a total number of 511 health camps were conducted by the government in various slums in the Hyderabad district, the number of cases identified are 30,051.
Out of this figure, 2014 were of various viral fevers, 35 were of diahorreah and others were of minor ailments. Apart from this, 21 cases of diahorrea have been reported to Fever Hospital on Monday and the OP strength was 450 which included a few typhoid and viral fever cases.
Various water-borne and communicable diseases such as malaria,
viral fever, typhoid and diarrhoea and also conjunctivitis have spread in
and around the city. At the moment the susceptibility to these diseases is
not high but it is always lurks around the corner.
In the absence of basic facilities such as safe drinking water and sanitation, slums are becoming highly vulnerable to water-borne diseases. Untidy surroundings in certain deprived places of the city like Ramakrishnapuram, Malkajgiri, Ameerpet, Film nagar which have water stangnant there for days together are serving as effective breeding ground for mosquitoes.
"We are facing many problems and our children are falling sick every now and then due to untidy surroundings. No body is reponding to our complaints," said Y Raju, a daily wage labourer who resides at slums near film nagar in Jubilee Hills.
There is a steady increase in the number of patients visiting the fever hospital that takes up cases of water-borne and communicable diseases.
With no visible trace of precautionary measures by the municipal authorities in cleaning the drainage lines that are overflowing, people are totally left to the mercy of doctors in hospitals.
"Whenever it rains heavily, the drainage water overflows causing inconvienience to all the residents here," explained P Ramakrishna, a resident of Shantinagar in Lalaguda.
Nakkala Manga, a maid servant who resides at Neredmet says, "I have three children and two of them have been running high temperature for three days now. I don't have enough money to buy medicines for them."
PP Prasad, superintendent of Government Fever Hospital, Nallakunta, while confirming a marginal increase in the cases of malaria and viral fever, said that it is a "normal occurrence" in the season.
"With all the measures that were taken, we could succesfully prevent outbreak of any epidemic," opined Jaya Kumari, the District Health and Medical Officer.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Steganography - communicating devastating message



Downloading or forwarding picture messages in the internet may land you in trouble now. Terrorists are playing hookie by increasingly adopting a technique called steganography for communicating devastating message in codes with their fellow-devastaters, say cyber law experts.
Steganography involves hiding a message which could contain text, images or maps inside a picture, music file or video on a web page or by e-mail. These messages are harder to find than encrypted ones, or scrambled e-mails, because they can be hidden among billions of innocuous-looking web pages.
Hidden messages may be contained in a picture of an actor, a pornography site or elsewhere, and can only be found by someone who knows where to look, say experts. "Steganography is a kind of programming where a picture can be developed through code system just like C and Java programming. Here in this, the picture is only readable and it doesn't accept any comments," explained Ravi Kumar Reddy, Inspector Cyber Crime.
There is every scope for the terrorists for having used this method in previous high- profile cases like the 13 December 2001 Parliament attack and the 11 September attack on World Trade Centre.
Speaking about the technique, a cyber law expert said, ‘terrorists use a high-tech version of invisible ink, or hidden messages on the internet, to coordinate and accomplish their plan’. They can easily hide vital and sensitive communication by mixing it with large amounts of public data. Seemingly normal files can have embedded secret message data that will appear usual to an innocent observer.
An example is hiding messages within the noise of a digital image, in which some bits that make up the image are used to encode a secret message without altering the image significantly. So it is advisable not to forward any message sent by unknown persons.
Though expensive tools are available to detect such messages, it can be done and identified only by experts, he says.
There are millions of images on the internet that you would have to develop a list of suspicious websites and scan them on a regular basis, he adds. A cyber crime official on condition of anonymity says the attackers consider steganography as a wise tool as a phone call (used for communicating their plan) can be traced within minutes, while it is difficult in the case of this method.
Shockingly, there are over 50 sites which give the information for making RDX bombs, experts say.

Hyderabad - Hub for fake drug marketing

Combiflam replicated and sold as Comiflam
Hyderabad is gradually turning into a hub for fake drug marketing.
The Enforcers of Intellectual Property along with the Hayathnagar police have recovered several look-alike tablets on August 3 in the city.
An official of EIPR said, "the manufacturing is done in the northern states and marketing is done in various metropolitan cities like Hyderabad."
For instance, EIPR along with Hayathnagar police, conducted a raid at GENPAK and Vaibhav Drugs Pvt Ltd at Peddamberpet and seized look-alike tablets of Combiflam Company. The drug was named as COMIFLAM instead of COMBIFLAM.
An FIR has been lodged against the accused under section 63 IPC 420.
4 lakh aluminium rolls to manufacture the tablets and more than 5,000 empty outer packing boxes were seized. The accused is still absconding. All the samples are sent to Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) for analysis.
Not just COMBIFLAM is replicated but other drugs like Saridon are also done. The look alike tablets of Saridon were sold in the name of silidon and solidan.
Shockingly, pain balms are found to be replicated. Amrutanjan has been replicated as Amrutanzan.
A patient at the Osmania General Hospital, was given an anaesthesia shot just before an operation. He was supposed to be in an unconscious state for two hours, but he regained consciousness within half-an-hour as the drug’s effect wore off. The hospital’s department of anaesthesia has complained to the APHMHIDC managing director that six anaesthetic drugs supplied to them, including Xylocaine jelly and Thiopentone, were ineffective. "As they are ineffective, we had to give three times more than normal dose. For instance, instead of one mg, we had to give three mg dose to make patients unconscious,’’ an anaesthetist told."We cannot take a chance with a patient’s life,’’ another OGH doctor said. After receiving the complaint, drugs were replaced by APHMHIDC.
Later the APHMHIDC collected samples of the ineffective drugs from three depots with the help of Drugs Control Administration and sent them for tests and the officials told that they would initiate action based on the report.The APHMHIDC supplies about 250 varieties of drugs worth Rs 150 crore to all hospitals in the state, including major hospitals like Osmania General Hospital and Gandhi Hospital in the city. Officials claim not maintaining a cold chain could also lead to ineffectiveness of a drug. To avoid any chain-related loss, the APHMHIDC is planning to set up one more central storage point in the city. As of now, there is only one central drug store at King Koti, which supplies drugs for Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. "Not just in government hospitals, drug replication is also happening in well-established medical stores in the city", opined an official of the EIPR.
EIPR is an investigation agency specialising in anti-counterfeiting solutions.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Buying a fancy phone? - A word of caution here..



If you are planning to buy a fancy smart phone, here is a word of caution. 'Internet-enabled phones have gaping security weaknesses waiting to be exploited', warn cyber security experts. Any smart phone including Blackberry, Windows Mobile, iPhone and Symbian phones can be hacked by a nerd with a little bit of code and some cunning.
Hackers, who are already wrecking websites and e-mails, are now targeting cell phones as well. Hackers are intruding mobile phones using hacking tools like spyware and spoofing.
Spyware is a tool which manipulates SMS' and allows it to be read by others, while spoofing, replaces mobile number of sender’s message. Explaining the functions of spyware, a cyber expert said, "a hacker sends an SMS to the targeted person. The person opens the message, installing spyware onto the device. The spyware, unknown to the victim, takes the SMS and forwards it to the hacker."
Once installed, the hacker can monitor the ‘compromised’ phone call details and can even listen to the calls made or received by the user. However, it’s very difficult for the user to find out whether his/her phone has been hacked.
Besides spyware, SMS spoofing is another tool which hackers are widely using, cyber experts say. Spoofing is used for changing the identity of source of SMS either with text or any desired number.
For example, the Asian School of Cyber Law on its website stated an incident "a young lady received an SMS from her husband’s cell phone informing her that he had an accident and was at the hospital and urgently needed money. On receiving the SMS, she rushed out of the house with the money. She was attacked and robbed by the person, who had sent her the spoofed SMS."
"Yes there are such instances happening and it is called mobile spoofing. There is another kind called phishing. Phishing enables the hacker to make calls from one's mobile without his/her knowledge and at the end the mobile owner is surprised looking at the bill", explains Ravi Kumar Reddy, Inspector, Cyber Crime.
However the other version is that all this only applies to the first generation models of cell phones that use the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM). Another requirement is that the hacker must have physical access to the cell phone for at least three minutes - which is a real good reason not to let it out of your sight. Currently, although the problem has been remedied (at least for now) in the second and third generation phones, it seems that about 70 per cent of existing cell phones fall within the first generation category. "I don't know sometimes I see unknown numbers in my dialled list on the phone bills," said Suvarna, a Btech graduate who resides at Sainikpuri.
The cops say that the punishment for hacking would be imprisonment up to three years or imposition of fine which may extend upto Rs 2 Lakh or both.
It is now time for the alarm bells to ring as the Cell phone hackers have apparently found a glitch in the way the chips are manufactured.

Either Quit smoking or living... No other go...



The younger you are at the time you start smoking, the larger are the chances of your getting addicted to it. A recent research says that addiction to smoking at a younger age is responsible for making it a long lasting habit proving extremely dangerous for health. As a result it becomes far too difficult for them to quit smoking.
The smoking rate among Indians especially among youth is increasing at a very high speed and it is time for the alarm bells to ring. India is losing 90,00,000 jobs in a year due to dying smokers. This is destroying not only the environment but also the economy of the nation.
As per WHO statistics, five million people die each year from tobacco use. If current trends continue, this figure will reach 10 million per year by 2030, with 70 per cent of those deaths occurring in developing countries like India.
Elaborating the uses of tobacco, 'cigarette'’ is not only the serious problem in India. About 40 per cent of overall tobacco has been used in smokeless tobacco products while another 40 per cent in ‘beedis’ and only about 20 per cent of tobacco has been consumed in cigarettes, according to a latest report supported by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Indian government. The report also says, at least one million people are going to suffer smoking related deaths by 2010 in India.
With an estimated total of around 120 million (12 crore) in India the average age of smokers vary from 30-69 including a one-third of men and about 5 per cent of women. The study also reveals that one of every five male deaths and one out of every 20 female deaths are come about due to smoking related diseases.
In a study conducted by New England Journal of Medicine found that in India, 61% of men smokers will die at age 30-69 as compared to 41% non smokers. While 62% women smokers will die at age 30-69 as compared to 38% non smokers.
Quoting the examples of Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Shahrukh Khan for their promise to quit smoking, Dr. Srinath Reddy, President of Public Health Foundation of India said, "There is a salutary message in this. One hopes we do not have to hear similar news about Mr. Shah Rukh Khan. Tobacco strikes suddenly . Smokers really need the will power to give up smoking." Despite of their repeated attempts to quit smoking, they are unable to do so.
The report was conducted upon 390 Montreal teens who were asked to fill a questionnaire every three months for five years. The study by researches of public health, stated that the teen smokers wished and tried to quit smoking but were unable to do so. The report was fragmented into various stages marking the teens’ attempt to give up the disastrous habit.
At stage 1, the teens confidently declared that they are soon going to quit smoking which was just two-three months after they had first tried the cigarette. At Stage 2, they exhibited a conscious desire to quit. Stage 3, which was after about two years after they started smoking, marked a considerable loss in self-confidence in their ability to quit smoking. While at stage 4, teens had started smoking daily admitting it was very hard to quit. By the final stage, the teens had been completely addicted to smoking and had completely adhered to tobacco, smoking daily for at least two years.
The report appealed to the government to mandate strict legislation where it is difficult for teenagers to buy cigarettes at a cheaper rate. It also stated that there is an urgent need to make measures against the increasing smoking habits among the teens.
Interestingly, doctors favour Social Networking sites for quitting smoking. The anti-campaigner of smoking believes that ‘social networking sites’ could be an influential tool to make aware the public about the hazards of smoking. The ill-effects of smoking in the pictorial form can be presented in Orkut by creating a small community to motivate people for quitting smoki as informed Dr Prakash C. Gupta, the director of Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health who was delivering a speech.
"Asia has been in the forefront of issuing pictorial warnings and there has not been any public opposition so government of India need not be worry," said Dr Judith Mackay of World Lung Foundation while delivering his speech.
And this is a good news for smokers who deliberately want to quit smoking. US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc launched Varenicline drug in India that help smokers to kick off smoking under the brand name Champix.
After the drug spell a huge success story in the US and Europe it is expected to repeat the same here in India. So, now chain-smokers have another option to try for with an intense desire to quit smoking.
The new drug, a non-nicotine smoking cessation is considered as superior to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Varenicline helps the smoker by diminishing the pleasurable effects of a fag and thinning the craving for the same unlike the other available drugs. The drug has to be taken for 12 weeks and will be available first in major cities across India with a cost of Rs 9,500.
During the launch of the drug, Kewal Handa, the Managing Director of Pfizer India, said, "Pfizer's Champix is the most innovative and effective oral smoking cessation product to be approved by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the last 10 years." "It has benefited over 5.7 million people since its worldwide launch in mid-2006. We are confident that Champix will provide the same level of benefits to smokers in India and contribute to a healthier world," he added.
The drug is designed to provide the necessary physiological and psychological support to the smokers and research shows that Champix has scored far better on chances of quitting smoking than other drugs. Champix is the first non-nicotine drug and sure to help smokers if they want to say good bye to this habit.
Smoking related deaths have become a major concern but are also preventable. Many addicted to smoking find it very difficult even if they decided to kick it as nicotine in cigarette acts a stimulant and is mainly responsible for dependence forming properties of tobacco smoking.
American Heart Association defines Nicotine addiction as one of the hardest addictions to break. Indian government has also been tightening the laws by banning smoking in public places to restrain the growing tobacco addiction among young men and women. The recent laws imposed by health ministry have banned direct and indirect ban of tobacco products.
Hence, Champix holds a promise for millions who realise strongly that smoking is not only dangerous as it invites many diseases but also proves to be fatal.
On the other side of the coin, a report in whyquit.com says, "The drug varenicline is marketed as Chantix in the United States and as Champix in the rest of the world. Never in history has any quitting product produced such horrific side-effects stories as are being played out among Chantix users."

Hoax calls - A fun game for people and a serious game for cops



Hoax calls to all the emergency services in the city are incurring a heavy drain on finances. Most of the hoax calls received are made by children for fun. The city cops say that, since the twin bomb blasts at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park last year, hoax calls have became a routine.
Calls made by terror outfits always demand dealing with sincerity, as they rarely send messages in advance. But, what about those calls made by children considering as harmless fun?
Recently, the Secunderabad police have received a hoax call on July 15 saying that there were bombs placed at the railway station, passport office and also at a tiffin centre, Swati.
Similarly, the Nampally criminal court has received more than half- a-dozen hoax calls in a two-month-period and it is common that the bus and railway stations often receive hoax calls on bomb scare.
"We immediately placed metal detectors and a do's and don'ts sheet was put up at the entrance for visitors", said Umender, Inspector of police, Nampally.
The cops finally succeeded in preventing the demonstrators from taking out a protest march by promising to bring the pranksters to book.
Another similar hoax call in March had reportedly been made to a top police official also.
While on the other hand, the officials of the emergency services say that, just a phone call is enough to save a life in danger but a fake or mismanaged call can cost a life too. On this note, the Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI), the institution behind the 108 phenomena, is on a mission to make the public aware on how to make a call to 108 after they received around 10 hoax calls in a two-month- period this year.
"We are often troubled with hoax calls and some calls even request us to provide power connections or water supply. But the serious part is that while we attend these hoax calls, some other genuine call will be put on hold. It is a big hurdle for us to extend the assistance in the right time," said a trainer with the EMRI.
Unfortunately the Fire and Rescue Services receive the maximum number of hoax calls. "The majority of these calls are from children although we do receive a lot of hoax calls from adults too", says Ram Babu, a Fire Service personnel. Making a hoax call is a mere waste of time for fire-fighters and control operators who have to investigate the call and can be very dangerous for the public. Whilst a fire appliance from a local fire station is investigating a hoax call, there might be a real emergency. In such cases we will need to send a fire engine from another fire station which will be further away and consequently it will take longer to reach the place", he adds.
Though there is a possibility to trace calls, the cops are proving unsuccessful in their attempt, as most of the calls traced in the past were from public telephone booths.
Time is vital and fires do not wait. They get out of control and people's lives could be put in danger because of a Hoax Call. Caller-ID phones should be the first criteria, the city cops suggest
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