India the Kafka State

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For a more detailed analysis of the case so far read this thorough analysis.

India’s biggest murder investigation.. the Aarushi-Hemraj Murder is a total farce..
set in a modern day Kafka state.

here’s the story so far..

1) The main accused(the Talwars) have no forensic evidence actually implicating them

2) They arn’t being allowed to present witnesses to prove their innocence.
A popular reason given by the judges and prosecution being that the Talwars are trying to waste time.. They asked for just 13 witnesses.. and were denied.

The prosecution was allowed 39.

3) They arn’t allowed to plead to higher courts
The judges have actually threatened them with fines if they make further appeals.

4) Police and CBI refuse to look into other suspects
The first police and CBI team to investigate.. botched it up.. but actually had 2-3 other fairly promising suspects..
they were replaced by a new team which for some unexplainable reason have only focused on the Aarushi’s parents.

Meanwhile the actual murderers have enjoyed freedom over the last 5 years that the case has been dragging on.

5) Police, CBI and the Court refuse to admit any evidence that proves the innocence of the accused. They have no real evidence to prove guilt.. and won’t allow any evidence that the Talwar’s try to present that could prove their innocence.. stuff like what?
Remember the first team? they uncovered stuff that has been totally ignored… stuff like alleged confessions.

6) 90% of the publicised theories about what happened on that fateful night were fed to the public(via The Media) by the Law Enforcement professionals.. apparently that doesn’t count as libel in this country.

7) 100% of these theories seem to be unsubstantiated, and pretty much fiction.

read on for more of this shocking case..
read the comments on that page for bonus crap from the insensitive and biased voyeurs.

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E-waste and Med-waste Infographics

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E-waste and Med-waste Infographics

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The idea was to create awareness among people(in India) on E-waste and Medical Waste, how to dispose of it, and run a week long collection drive. The client wanted to create an awareness infographic on this that would also have a smaller version as a poster beckoning people to come dispose of their waste safely.

The project was commissioned by TheAlternative.

Heres an excerpt from the one for E-waste:

CLICK HERE
for the full sized infographic.

Heres an excerpt from the one for Medical/Medicine waste:

CLICK HERE for the full sized infographic.

How to Block unwanted Calls and SMS in India

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Don't want to read the whole post?
just do this: on your device type "START 0" and sms it to 1909. Then follow the sms instructions.
for further details read below.

People are generally confused.. or just have been ill informed about how to do this, so i decided to post a definitive guide on the subject.

To start with there are 2 things you can do. both seem to have had some effect on reducing the number of calls/sms i get from that scum of the earth that is the telemarketer.

Step 1
Register on the DND(Do Not Disturb)List
This is a service that your service provider will provide, you just have to look for it on their website. Since these website's keep changing, theres no point me posting links to them. But trust me theyre there. You should be able to find it fairly easily especially if you're already registered on their site(for paying bills, etc.)Just google "DND (add the name of your service prvider"eg: "DND Airtel" and you'l find it faster.

Pros: actually blocks a fair amount of unwanted calls
Cons: 1) still allows authorized telemarketers(guys who have arrangements with your service provider) 2) Somewhat difficult to find the web pages, numbers etc needed to register with.

Step 2
Register on NCPR (National Customer Preference Register)(heres the website)
This is the service started by TRAI, and is difficult to circumvent by your evil service provider and their telemarketer buddies.

the procedure for this is quite simple:
Customers (landline and mobile) who do not want to receive commercial communications can dial or SMS to 1909 (toll free) and register in either of the two categories:

Fully Blocked Categorystoppage of all commercial Calls/SMS
Partially Blocked Categorystoppage of all commercial Calls/SMS except SMS from one of the opted preferences

For registering option using SMS, for 'fully blocked category',
write "START 0" and send it to 1909.
Then follow the sms instructions.

For 'partially blocked category', send SMS 'START' with one or multiple options from the list of seven categories.

There are at present 7 preferences to choose from- Banking/Insurance/Financial Products/Credit Cards-1, Real Estate-2, Education-3, Health-4, Consumer goods and automobiles-5, Communication/Broadcasting/Entertainment/IT-6, Tourism-7.

For example: To receive messages relating to only Health products, then send SMS "START 4" to 1909. Similarly, for receiving messages relating to Real Estate and Education, send SMS "START 2,3" to 1909.

On successful registration, customer will receive an SMS confirming exercised options and a Unique Registration Number within 24 hrs. The registration will be effective within 7 days of placing the request with the service provider. The customers can check the status of their registration by clicking on "Customer Registration Status".

Customer can also change the preferences after 7 days of registration or the last change of preference.

Pros: 1) easy to set up. 2)Supposed to, and infact does block the rest of the unwanted calls
Cons:if you do get a call/sms, you need to manually report it by lodgeing a complaint (by dialing or sending an SMS to 1909)

Note: both DND and NCPR registeration will happen with expicit knowledge/cooperation/whatever of your service provider.. so ya.. its probably not going to block 100% of those stupid calls.