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Appoint officers to stop ‘Blue Whale’ menace, directs Madras HC



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MADURAI, Sept 13: As the blue whale game continues to engulf its victim in its dangerous trap despite directions of removing all links related to the game from social sites, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Tuesday directed the central and state governments to bring `over the top’ (OTT) service providers into the legal framework of India to check the `Blue Whale’ menace.

Pulling up the concerned authorities, the bench asserted that appropriate steps should be taken immediately to make all OTT services and service providers comply with Indian laws and to provide the required information to law enforcing agencies, it also asked the Tamil Nadu government to appoint a nodal officer to ensure implementation of the order.

Methods must be devised to ensure that those OTTs which could not be brought within such framework are not accessible in India. OTT is a term used for the delivery of film and TV content via internet without requiring users to subscribe to a traditional cable or satellite service, it said.

Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan took up the issue suo motu as a PIL and passed the orders on Tuesday saying that, “Protecting the society is the joint responsibility of the ser vice providers, content providers, lawmakers, society , family and the community at large and of course the users of internet themselves. The court cannot remain, mute spectators, when the society is faced with such a social menace. Hence, the case is disposed of with directions to the central and state governments.”

“Technology companies and websites follow the laws of their respective jurisdiction and as such, they do not provide data and information, in spite of making a request for it by the law enforcing agencies in India on account of violation of India laws,” the bench said. “The government must consider amending relevant rules and regulations applicable to Indian subsidiaries and websites making it compulsorily amenable to Indian laws.” The Centre should direct internet service providers to take due diligence to remove all the links and hashtags presently being circulated on social media platforms and also in dark net with URL links related to the Blue Whale game and to furnish information regarding download access to suspicious links.

The state shall designate forthwith vigilance and anti-corruption joint director Dr S Murugan as the nodal officer in terms of Rule 4 of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009, who must ensure implementation of the order blocking the website and removing links.

It also warned all the students as well as parents to remain aware of the lurking dangers of Blue Whale challenge game and keep their children away from any link of this game on the social sites. It also asked the school and higher education secretaries to take active steps to ensure educational institutions sensitise.

Wefornews Bureau


Monsoon likely to enter Bihar next week



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Patna, June 23: The much-awaited monsoon is likely to enter Bihar by next week, ushering in good news for millions who have been reeling under a heatwave like condition, an official on Saturday said.

According to the Met Department official here, monsoon is set to hit Bihar in the next two to three days. It has already been delayed by nearly two weeks.

It hits the state between June 10 and 12. But no monsoon till the third week of June has triggered fears of deficit rainfall, which could result in a drought-like situation.

There has been a heatwave in Bihar since last week. “Only rains could bring relief from the scorching heat. There will be rains soon and temperature will come down by two to four degrees,” the official added.

Temperature has been hovering above 40 degrees Celsius since the last ten days in Patna and Gaya districts.

Farmers were hoping for a normal monsoon-like in 2017 which had helped them increase their paddy output. But the delayed arrival of it is set to hit paddy sowing.


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Shocking! Son throws mother infront of tractor to stop rival from cultivating land



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New Delhi, June 23: In a shocking incident, a man in Maharashtra’s Washim reportedly threw his old mother in front of a tractor being driven by another man with whom he had a land dispute.

News agency ANI reported that the incident is of Thursday (June 21) and the accused had lost a case of dispute for the land on which the other man was using his tractor for cultivation. To stop him, the elderly lady was thrown in front of the tractor.

While speaking over the above incident with ANI, Senior Police Inspector Suresh Naiknaware said that ”There was a fight between two groups over land dispute. FIRs have been registered against people from both sides. 1 person has been arrested. Further investigation underway”.


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Locals protest against massive tree felling in Delhi



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New Delhi, June 23: In order to save cutting of over “14000 trees” under the south Delhi redevelopment project, a protest was carried out by locals in the national capital on Friday night.

Pollution is wrecking a havoc in the national capital and the last couple of weeks witnessed intensely degraded air quality hitting the parameter of very poor to severe condition.

And now, the massive tree felling in the national capital had come at a time when the current average pollution level of Delhi is already at 300 Air Quality Index which falls in the category that risks life and limb of people.

Held under the “Delhi Trees SOS” campaign, the protest was called to aware people about the redevelopment project and urge the government to avoid cutting trees for the same.

“We are citizens of Delhi, who have formed this Delhi SOS initiative. We want to tell that it’s so stupid on half of the authorities to cut trees at a time when the weather of Delhi has been severe since last two years. Trees are very important to us. The government is saying that they will compensate by putting plants near Wazirabad bridge. We don’t think it’s a good idea,” Juhi Saklani, a member of the campaign, told news agency ANI.

The protest started at the Sarojini Nagar area.

On similar lines, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court against the same developmental project in which the petitioner claimed that the “Permission was granted incorrectly to cut over 2500 trees for various development projects.”

The plea further said that the felling of trees already started on Friday in at least six locations of the national capital.

The Delhi High Court has asked the petitioners to give photographs of the trees that were cut today.

Trees have been cut in Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Tyagraj Nagar, Srinivaspuri, and Mohammadpur areas of Delhi.

The high court issued notices to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, state-owned construction firm NBCC, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and others.

However, it refused to put a stay on the construction projects for now. The court would now hear the plea on an urgent basis on Monday.

With Inputs from ANI

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