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Punjab issued notices to e-commerce portals for selling e-cigarettes.
31.08.16 -
Punjab issued notices to e-commerce portals for selling e-cigarettes.



In its endeavor to save the youth and children from addiction of any kind Cyber Crime wing of Punjab Police on the directions of the Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Baal, the Health department Punjab has issued notices to various e-commerce portals for allegedly violating the Drugs and Cosmetics Act by selling e-cigarettes.

       Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jiyani said that DGP Punjab was asked to take action against the sale of e-cigarettes on e-commerce portals. He elaborated that earlier State Tobacco Control Cell; Punjab also issued awareness notices to E-Commerce sites that were violating the Drugs & Cosmetics Act with impunity by openly selling unapproved drugs like E- Cigarettes. He added that an advisory was also issued by Government of Punjab to make people aware about the ill effects of E-Cigarettes.

         Punjab is the only state where implementation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act/ Food Safety & Standard Act of India and COTPA is being monitored monthly in the State by Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare and and at District Level by the Deputy Commissioners. Action of Punjab Govt. against E-Cigarettes has been recognized at International/National Level.  
 
Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare Punjab said that Punjab was the first state where e-cigarettes have been declared as "unapproved drug" by State Drug Controller since 2013. She said that it becomes significant to prohibit these internet sites from selling E- Cigarettes. E-cigarettes are Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) devices containing nicotine in chemical form which is highly addictive and lethal. Under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Nicotine is allowed to be manufactured only as Nicotine Gum/Lozenges, 2mg and 4mg. Every other product which contains nicotine is unapproved. This is important as minors and youths are buying these addictive and potentially lethal products.

Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Hussan Lal said that the court cases have been initiated in Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and SAS Nagar districts against vendors selling e-cigarettes. The cases have been registered under various sections of Drugs and Cosmetics Act as nicotine was tested positive in all the cases. One violator in SAS Nagar has been sentenced to three years jail with fine of one lakh rupees. It is first of its kind conviction in the country.




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How to Stop WhatsApp from Sharing Your personal info with Facebook
26.08.16 - TEAM PT
How to Stop WhatsApp from Sharing Your personal info with Facebook



Nearly two and a half years after Facebook acquired WhatsApp, and despite Whatsapp CEO Jan Koum saying at the time of the acquisition that user privacy wouldn’t suffer, the services are about to get a little bit friendlier with their data sharing.

WhatsApp has provoked ire by announcing that it is to start sharing its user data with parent company Facebook, despite assurances at the time that it was bought that everyone’s data would remain entirely private. The company says that the information will be used for ads on Facebook and WhatsApp, as well as helping to improve the messaging platform.

But many people are angry that some of their most personal information – their chats – could potentially be compromised as part of the deal with Facebook.

Now it has emerged that there is a hidden way of opting out of the terms, and ensuring that no data is sent over to Facebook. But it has to be done quickly.

You can choose not to share your account information with Facebook for targeting purposes. There are two ways to do this:

1.On WhatsApp, don’t click Agree when it asks you to confirm you are happy with the change of terms. Instead, click to read more. You should then see a check box or control button at the bottom of the screen which says "Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and product experiences…”. Uncheck this.
 

2. If you have already agreed to the updated terms All is not lost, but the clock is ticking.If you’ve already agreed to share your details, it’s not too late to change your mind – but the option will only be available for 30 days after you receive the notification.Simply open WhatsApp, go in to Settings, select Account and uncheck the ticked box saying ‘Share my account info’ to reverse your decision.


It isn’t clear that opting out of the new terms will change the experience at all, either when compared with people who are still having their data shared with Facebook, or with before WhatsApp introduced the change. WhatsApp say that the new change is meant only to help improve the ads on Facebook, so the only possible consequence is that what you see on the network might be slightly less relevant.




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Reliance Jio 4G Preview scheme now open for all
21.08.16 - TEAM PT
Reliance Jio 4G Preview scheme now open for all



In what could be termed as a bonanza, Reliance Jio has now seemingly extended its Jio 4G Preview offer to all smartphones irrespective of brands. This means that if you are a owner of any 4G compatible smartphone, you can simply walk-in to your nearest Reliance Digital retail store and obtain the free Jio SIM.

As long as your smartphone supports 4G LTE, you can get yourself a free Jio SIM and avail free unlimited access to Jio's Digital Life -- HD voice call, HD video call, apps, data and SMS -- for 90 days. You can be a beta tester for Reliance Jio, just like its employees and select partners. All of you. Of course, it is a limited period offer.

Not too long ago, Reliance Jio had introduced the Jio 4G Preview offer to users of 4G-enabled smartphones branded by Samsung and LG only.

Now, with Reliance's latest open for all initiative, you can simply walk in to a retailer and show the folks your 4G handset and get the Reliance Jio SIM for free.

But although Reliance Jio Preview scheme is now available for all 4G phones, not each and every Reliance Digital and Digital Xpress Mini Store has been intimated of the same. This means, there will be some stores where you will readily get a free Jio Preview SIM, and yet others where you will be told that no such offer exists for now. Logistics for every store vis-Ã -vis the scheme will be different, and as such the complete roll-out will take some more time.

The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited subsidiary has much-ambitious plans to offer up to 80 per cent of Indians high-speed mobile Internet as well as voice services in the days to come. The Preview scheme that provides free unlimited 4G Internet along with free 4G voice and video calling for three months is already a rage across the country.




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Petrol cheaper by Rs. 1/litre, diesel Rs. 2
15.08.16 - team pt
Petrol cheaper by Rs. 1/litre, diesel Rs. 2



Price of petrol and diesel has witnessed cut by Rs. one per litre and Rs. two per litre respectively.

Being the fourth reduction since July, petrol will now cost Rs. 60.09 per litre in Delhi as compared to Rs. 61.09 per litre currently, said Indian Oil Corp (IOC) in a statement.

Also, the price of diesel will cost Rs. 50.27 per litre as against Rs. 52.27.

In a statement IOC said, "The current level of international product prices of petrol and diesel and rupee-dollar exchange rate warrant a decrease in selling price of petrol and diesel, the impact of which is being passed on to the consumers with this price revision."

The rate cut comes ahead of the prices in the international oil market and rupee-USD exchange rate.

"All the consequences shall continue to be monitored closely and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes," IOC added.




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Supreme Court allows sale of diesel SUVs in Delhi
12.08.16 - TEAM PT
Supreme Court allows sale of diesel SUVs in Delhi



Supreme Court in its latest ruling has lifted the ban on diesel vehicles with engines larger than 2,000 cc in the Delhi NCR region. The concession has been made against the clause of paying a 1% cess, which will be paid to the Delhi Pollution Control Board. The government authority will then utilise this money to find ways to lower pollution in Delhi. The payment will have to be made by the carmaker before the vehicle can be registered and hence the payment will be made on the ex-showroom prices. In case of non-payment, the vehicle will not be registered by the concerned transport authority. This news comes as a great relief for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Tata Motors, Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota.

The SC also asked the Central Pollution Control Board to open an account in public sector banks to receive green levy from big diesel car and SUV makers.

"The transport authority would register a big diesel car or SUV only if receipt of payment of green levy is shown," the SC said.

The apex court said it will also decide whether the rate of green levy on big diesel cars be more than 1% of ex-showroom cost of the vehicle.

On the issue of whether smaller diesel cars too should be brought under the purview of payment of environment protection charge, the apex court said that it would decide later about it.

Today's verdict lifting the ban was based on an appeal by Mercedes-Benz, for whom the Delhi region represents almost a quarter of sales in the country, and an association of auto-makers.  Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Toyota Motor Corp will also gain from the decision. Toyota had described the ban as "a corporate death sentence."

"We are ready to go with global technology, meet global standards of emissions levels, It is best to adopt global levels and stick with that, and not keep changing policy," said Vikram Kirloskar of Toyota.

The government has argued against the new green cess ordered by the Supreme Court, claiming that only parliament can approve a new tax.

All vehicle makers have repeatedly claimed in the past that vehicular pollution is not the main contributor to the worsening air quality in the Delhi NCR region. An IIT Kanpur study too had made it clear that only about 10% of the overall particulate matter is emitted by passenger vehicles.

In December, the Supreme Court temporarily banned the sale of large diesel cars with an engine capacity of 2000 cc or more to combat the capital's infamous toxic smog. Manufacturers argued that the decision would severely impact their sales and strand dealers with thousands of unsold cars.

Last month, the top environmental court in India, the National Green Tribunal, ordered authorities to stop all diesel vehicles at least 10 years old from being driven in the capital.




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