After a meeting with the internet giants like Facebook, Google, Twitter etc. The Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said that there would be no censorship of the internet. The meeting was to suggest to the internet representatives as to how the social media could be used as a medium to empower the government and help the citizens of the country to reach out to the government. It was just last week that Kapil Sibal had met up with the internet giants and demanding that they remove any derogatory material from their sites and to also make sure that the uploading of such material is also stopped.
The passing of the Lokpal bill at the winter session of the Parliament which is proposed to end in less than a week, on December 22nd appears to be not viable as the deadlock over the Lokpal bill continues. In the all-party meeting held on Wednesday night presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh consensus on the controversial issues could not be reached as all the major political parties stood by their stand on the key issues.
India faced severe censure from the European Union (EU) when it blamed India for upholding a “relatively tough stand”, obstructing a fresh legally-binding climate accord which was to be arrived at Durban. India has rejected the accusation from EU and affirmed that it was open for a dialogue concerning a binding climate deal. India also said that the question of equity and the right to grow must be considered while discussing a legally-binding climate agreement.
The Central government’s attempt to control the content being uploaded on the internet has invited criticism from the international world as well. The United Nations secretary general made a strong criticism against any move that is made to restrain or control the social media, while speaking on the occasion of the UN Human Rights Day. Even the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton while speaking in The Hague also had criticized the governments who are trying to take control and impose restrictions on the internet.
AMRI hospital’s six directors are likely to be produced before a Kolkata court on Saturday for charges including negligence which has been taken against the hospital. This is consequent to the tragedy that occurred at the hospital on Friday which claimed the life of as many as 90 lives. The private hospital, situated in South Kolkata, is said to have turned a deaf ear to the warnings given by the fire department regarding the inadequacy of the fire safety mechanism at the hospital. Sources say that this disaster could have been avoided if they had taken heed of such warnings.
On the day when the Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi is celebrating her 65th birthday, hackers broke into the official website of India’s ruling Congress party official website and defaced the profile of Ms. Sonia Gandhi. The profile of the party president was replaced with text having sexual innuendo which included a reference to a Pakistan based e-mail address. However, it is still unknown as to whom the hackers are.
55 people have been confirmed dead as fire broke out in the wee hours of the morning in the AMRI Hospital located in the Dhakuria area of south Kolkata. The death toll may go up as there are more people said to be trapped inside. The fire engulfed 4 floors of one of the buildings of the 161-beded hospital.
Google, the global search engine giant is facing the heat from the Indian Telecom Ministry and the Income-Tax Department at the same time. The Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has come down with an iron hand on the regulation of content by Google and its services and in addition to this, the recent notice served by the Income –Tax Department towards giving final touches to a tax demand from Google India seems to have put the company in a tight spot.