Showing posts from June, 2013

A Scene in 2020...Biometric Aadhaar number

A Scene in 2020... Operator: Hello Pizza Hut! Customer: Hello, can you please take my order? Operator : Can I have your multi purpose Aadhar number first, Sir? Customer: Yeah! Hold on..... My number is 889861356102049998-45-54610 Operator : OK... you're... Mr Singh and you're calling from 17 Jalan Kayu. Your home number is40942366, your office 76452302 and your mobile is 0142662566. You are calling from you home number now. Customer: (Astonished) How did you get all my phone numbers? Operator : We are connected to the system, Sir. Customer: I wish to order your Seafood Pizza... Operator : That's not a good idea Sir. Customer: How come? Operator : According to your medical records, you have high blood pressure and even higher cholesterol level, sir. Customer: What?... What do you recommend then? Operator : Try our Low Fat Hokkien Mee Pizza. You'll like it. Customer: How do you know for sure? Operator : You borrowed a book titled 'Popu

Bully tactics?, SLAPP suits as intimidation

Bully tactics? In a very unusual move to put it mildly the Times Group sent a legal notice to the journalist who wrote the piece but not the newspaper which published it. A HOOT comment on the litigious media leader. Pix: the defamation notice sent to Aparajita Lath Posted/Updated Sunday, May 26 01:40:58, 2013 The owners of Bennett, Coleman and Co like to sue, or at least send out intimidating legal notices.  They do not pick on people their own size unless they feel considerably provoked. When The New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta profiled them last October in a piece called Citizens Jain they were not flattered and sent a long threatening letter charging that his article contained many falsehoods and that he had not spoken to their executives. Says Auletta, “ The New Yorker assigned a factchecker, with my support, to check my piece and found no falsehoods and noted that I spoke with their top executives. Our lawyer sent a le

Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati & Reliance's pre-emptive legal notices

Can legal notices be deployed to prevent a publication from coming out with an article? PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA reports how a law firm served notices on the editor of Caravan magazine even as it was working on a cover story on the attorney general. Pix: The notice sent. Posted/Updated Monday, May 20, 2013 Some Questions and Answers on a Tycoon, a Law Officer and an Editor Question: What is the nature of the relationship between one of India's richest men and the country's top legal officer? Answer: Good friends. Question: Can legal notices be deployed to prevent a publication from coming out with an article even before it is published? Answer: Such attempts are indeed made but these are not always successful, since not all editors and publishers are easily intimidated or buckle under pressure. Question: Are the above two questions related? Answer: Yes. Question: Who is among the richest men in India? Answer: Anil Ambani, head of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani G