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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.

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Delhi metro’s Blue Line faces snag

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New Delhi, Feb 21: Train services on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line (Dwarka sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) were affected for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday due to signalling issue at two interlocking stations, the DMRC said.

“Due to signalling issue at interlocking stations of Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden of Line-3, train IDs were lost around 12.30 p.m. for trains falling in this zone, resulting in delays as they were locally controlled,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

“Central control for these two interlocking stations was restored at 1 p.m. and trains are now being regularised as per normal IDs,” the statement added.

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Prisoner escaped from Delhi’s LNJP hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Police

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New Delhi, Feb 19: A prisoner on Monday escaped from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Delhi Police personnel who had brought him there.

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Rs 1 cr heist at Shiva temple in Haryana

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Saketri Shiva Temple. (File Photo0

Chandigarh, Feb 19: Thieves took away jewellery and valuables worth nearly Rs 1 crore from a historic Shiva Temple in Haryana’s Panchkula district, police said on Monday.

The theft took place in Saketri on the intervening night of February 18-19. The entire theft was caught on CCTV.

“The thieves broke open locks of the temple and took away gold and silver jewellery and valuables,” a priest at the temple said.

The Haryana Police is investigating the matter.

The temple, located around 10 km from here, attracts hundreds of devotees daily. Thousands of people offered prayers at the temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri on February 13-14.

The temple had received lakhs of rupees in cash as offering which had been deposited in the bank only two days back, the priests told the police.

However, the valuables of the temple and offerings made after had remained in the temple complex.

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