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Beware of fraudulent ‘customer calls’: Airtel

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi, The largest mobile services provider Bharti Airtel today warned mobile users to avoid responding to suspicious or fraudulent calls which ask for personal information.

In an advisory, Airtel said some customers are arbitrarily being targeted by callers who pretend to be calling on behalf of the telecom operator and inform the recipient and he has won a lottery conducted by the respective operator.

The company asked the subscribers to avoid responding to such suspicious calls and SMSes. It has also asked them to refrain from sharing personal information and identity proof or SIM number to unknown callers.

Elaborating on the fraud, the company said a customer receives a missed call from a number starting with +92.

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Priyadarshan calls his Bihar based drama as ‘Nishaad’

News4u-Entertainment Desk-screen-Although his De Dana Dan is a hit, Priyadarshan is on the look-out for a serious image for his films with titles to match. For his next film, which is about caste wars and forbidden inter-caste marriages in Bihar, Priyadarshan wanted a title that would convey the flavour and feel of the Bihari milieu.

Priyadarshan wanted to call the film Gangaajal, not knowing that the title had already been taken for another Bihari fable.

Says Priyan, “I thought something like Gangaajal was the best title for this film because it allowed audiences to know exactly where the plot and characters were going.”

In his mind he had settled for the title as the best one for his film, until he shared it with his leading man Ajay Devgn. To his horror, Priyan was told by Ajay that Prakash Jha had already used the title. Ajay knew about Jha’s ‘Gangaajal’ because he had played the lead in it.

Then began the search for another title. Now Priyan’s Bihar based drama is called ‘Nishaad’.

Nishaad starring Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu and Akshaye Khanna had been shot without a title all this while mainly because Priyadarshan wanted the film to have a hard-hitting title.

Finally Priyadarshan’s script and dialogue writer came up with ‘Nishaad’ because the director barely knows any Hindi.

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Criminal shot dead, police calls it inter-gang rivalry

News4u-News Desk-Kanpur, A criminal was allegedly shot dead here this afternoon, police said.

According to a police spokesman, the incident took place at Bakarmandi in Moolganj area of the city, when a criminal identified as Haseen Loola was shot dead by some unidentified gunmen following altercations.

Police has termed this incident as inter-gang rivalry, though any arrests are yet to be made.

Loola was rushed to Ursula hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

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Criminal shot dead

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MPs’ housing woes; Speaker calls meeting

News- News Desk- With many new MPs unable to get possession of their alloted houses, Speaker Meira Kumar has called for a joint meeting of the Urban Development Ministry and the Lok Sabha Housing Committee Chairman to sort out the issue.

There are more than 50 newly-elected MPs who have not been able to take possession of their houses even after seven months of government formation.

Asked about the Speaker’s summon, Lok Sabha Housing Committee Chairman JP Aggarwal said, “Yes, I was called by the Speaker as she is concerned about the MPs not being able to move to their allotted houses.”

The Speaker has now called for a meeting of the Urban Development Minister and Housing Committee Chairman.

Aggarwal said the Housing Committee has allotted houses to all MPs. “The allotment process is complete as the committee has issued allotment orders to all newly-elected MPs. But the problem is that many ex-MPs have not yet vacated their houses”.

Many MPs are staying in ITDC run hotels in Delhi as their allotted houses are yet to be vacated by the previous occupants. In a few cases, the renovation work is yet to be completed.

The Directorate of Estate, which is responsible for taking possession of houses after eviction of illegal occupants, has issued eviction notices to all ex-MPs.

“We have repeatedly issued notices to ex-MPs to vacate their houses. While all of them are now paying market rents for failing to vacate in the prescribed period, some have agreed to vacate soon,” a senior Directorate official said.

Speaker Meira Kumar

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Obama calls up PM, discusses Afghanistan, climate change

News4u-News Desk-US President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to PM Manmohan Singh and discussed with him the situation in Afghanistan and further steps required to bring peace and stability in the country.

During the “brief conversation”, the two leaders also discussed the forthcoming summit on climate change in Copenhagen, the Prime Minister’s Office said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Singh told Obama that India would play a constructive role in the negotiations and looked forward to a successful outcome in Copenhagen.

Obama’s call to Singh takes place close on the heels of the two leaders’ meeting in Washington during which the Afghan issue was discussed prominently.

Singh had said it was important for all major regional and international players to put their weight behind the Afghan government.

Obama had highlighted the importance of tackling violence and extremism emanating from the region “in a serious way”.

India feels that due to the continued threat posed by terrorism emanating from Afghanistan, the world community should stay engaged there and not think about “pre-mature exit” as it could embolden terrorists.

Singh is of the view that India and the US needed to do more in cooperation on counter-terrorism.

“I sincerely hope that the world community will have the wisdom to stay engaged in that process and premature talk of exit would only embolden the terrorist elements who are out to destabilise not only our part of the world but civilised world everywhere,” Singh had said in Washington last week.

Though Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have suggested that the Prime Minister should attend theCopenhagen summit starting on 7th December, Singh is yet to take a call on attending it.

Ahead of the crucial meet, India has said it was willing to take greater steps to tackle the challenge posed by global warming provided there was a more supportive global regime.

India has also made it clear that it was not in a position to take legally binding emission cuts but has already embarked on an enhanced energy efficiency mission which could reduce the carbon intensity of its rapid growth.

In New Delhi, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Climate Change Shyam Saran said contrary to the developed countries’ action, India has already begun unconditional implementation of its action plan to tackle global warming.

“Developed countries are making their actions conditional on what others are doing. We have national action plan whose implementation is not conditional on anyone giving us a penny, including technological aspects,” Saran had said on Monday.

In Washington, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the President would be making several calls to world leaders to brief them on his new Af-Pak policy.

He said the new Af-Pak policy would come with an exit strategy and will not be “an open-ended commitment”.

“Ultimately, the strategy will be to transfer the security responsibility of an area to the Afghans,” he said.

More than 100,000 US and NATO troops are in Afghanistan, and the President is expected to announce the addition of over 30,000 more US troops to support the war effort.

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Delhi Police gets complaints of 11,000 obscene calls or SMS

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi, Delhi Police has received over 11,000 complaints from women that they have got objectionable calls or SMS in the last ten months.
A total of 11,027 calls were received at the ‘Anti-Obscene Calls Cell’ set up by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch between December 20, 2008 and October 15 this year.
“Of these complaints, action has been taken in 10,130 cases,” Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal told reporters here.
The cell was set up in December last year after it came to notice that some people were harassing women by sending obscene, lewd or provocative text messages and making calls.
Women can complain about such calls on a toll-free helpline 1096 or call 011-27894455. They can SMS the complaint to 0-9911135446, fax to 011-27292523 or email to acp-sit-dl@nic.in.

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi, Delhi Police has received over 11,000 complaints from women that they have got objectionable calls or SMS in the last ten months.

A total of 11,027 calls were received at the ‘Anti-Obscene Calls Cell’ set up by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch between December 20, 2008 and October 15 this year.

“Of these complaints, action has been taken in 10,130 cases,” Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal told reporters here.

The cell was set up in December last year after it came to notice that some people were harassing women by sending obscene, lewd or provocative text messages and making calls.

Women can complain about such calls on a toll-free helpline 1096 or call 011-27894455. They can SMS the complaint to 0-9911135446, fax to 011-27292523 or email to acp-sit-dl@nic.in.


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Uranium: KSU calls blockade; Lapang says no going back

News4u-News Desk-Shillong, The Khasi Students Union (KSU) has announced a two-day night road blockade beginning tomorrow to protest the proposed uranium mining project in Meghalaya even as the state government said there was no going back on the issue.

The KSU at a meeting last evening decided to intensify its agitation by enforcing the blockade from 9 pm to 5 am on October 14 and 15 to protest the government’s decision to lease land to Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL).

The KSU believes the uranium project would harm the environment.

Chief Minister DD Lapang has said that the uranium reserves were a national property and “no one can stop the government from using them”.

“The government has waited for 20 long years to persuade the people.


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Guy Ritchie calls Madonna retarded

News4u-Entertainment Desk- It seems Guy Ritchie is not too sure about his feelings for ex-wife Madonna.
“I still love her,” he says in the November issue of Esquire. “But she’s retarded, too.
The 41-year-old British director split from Madonna, 51, last December after eight years of marriage, reports US magazine.
“She’s a manifester, if there ever was one,” he says.
“First-rate manifester. Madonna makes things happen. Put Madonna up against any 23-year-old, she’ll outwork them, outdance them, outperform them. The woman is broad,” he adds.
The split, however, is still hurting Ritchie.
“You can’t tell someone when they’re getting divorced that their pain is an illusion,” he says.
“I’m f***ing telling you, I feel it. I’ve been through that… No one can say you don’t feel that,” he adds.

News4u-Entertainment Desk- It seems Guy Ritchie is not too sure about his feelings for ex-wife Madonna.

“I still love her,” he says in the November issue of Esquire. “But she’s retarded, too.

The 41-year-old British director split from Madonna, 51, last December after eight years of marriage, reports US magazine.

“She’s a manifester, if there ever was one,” he says.

“First-rate manifester. Madonna makes things happen. Put Madonna up against any 23-year-old, she’ll outwork them, outdance them, outperform them. The woman is broad,” he adds.

The split, however, is still hurting Ritchie.

“You can’t tell someone when they’re getting divorced that their pain is an illusion,” he says.

“I’m f***ing telling you, I feel it. I’ve been through that… No one can say you don’t feel that,” he adds.


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Clinton calls Iran nuclear talks a positive step

News4u-News Desk-Washington,(AFP) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates have described last week’s nuclear talks with Iran as a positive step but said it was too early to predict the outcome of the negotiations.
Clinton said the session in Geneva “was a worthwhile meeting,” as the Iranians had agreed to inspections of all nuclear sites, to ship low-enriched uranium abroad for processing and to another round of talks later this month.
“But as the president has said and I and others have also made clear, this is not by any means a stopping point. There is much more to be done. We expect much more,” Clinton told CNN in a joint interview with Gates yesterday.
She added that “on balance, what came out of the meeting in Geneva was positive.

News4u-News Desk-Washington,(AFP) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates have described last week’s nuclear talks with Iran as a positive step but said it was too early to predict the outcome of the negotiations.

Clinton said the session in Geneva “was a worthwhile meeting,” as the Iranians had agreed to inspections of all nuclear sites, to ship low-enriched uranium abroad for processing and to another round of talks later this month.

“But as the president has said and I and others have also made clear, this is not by any means a stopping point. There is much more to be done. We expect much more,” Clinton told CNN in a joint interview with Gates yesterday.

She added that “on balance, what came out of the meeting in Geneva was positive.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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Red Cross: Guantanamo inmates make video calls

News4u-News Desk-Geneva,  (AP) The international Red Cross says it has set up video links allowing Guantanamo Bay inmates to talk to their families and friends face-to-face.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says more than 60 detainees registered to make calls when the initiative started today.

The Geneva-based group has met with Guantanamo inmates since 2002 as part of its mandate of visiting people imprisoned during conflicts.

The ICRC said today the video links were put in place with the help of the US military that operates the detention center.

The ICRC says inmates have been allowed to make regular phone calls to their families several times a year since April 2008.

There are currently 226 inmates at the facility.


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