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Monday, May 30, 2011

Twitter hands over user details to court in libel case

Twitter has handed over to a US court the account details of a twitter user against whom a UK city council has slapped libel case for posting defamatory remarks against council members.

This is perhaps first time a social media group has revealed user account details of a user in a libel case.

Interestingly a UK city council has gone to the US to fight a case agsinst a twitter user since twitter is based in the US. Rarely non-US organisations or individuals have travelled to the US to fight libel case against a Facebook or Twitter user or a blogger.

Will this be a trend setter?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-england-tyne-13588284

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Freak shower & disaster

Over the last few days it has been raining heavily in Bangalore. Very unusual to have rains at this time of the year. In India monsoon itself begins only by June from Kerala.

But the saddest part is the death and destruction even this freak shower brings about in Bangalore. Yesterday a 14 year old boy was washed away when trying to retrieve the cricket ball which had gone into a stream.

It is two days and no signs of the boy. How sad. I can just imagine the plight of his parents.

It is a different matter to say that the boy should not have gone to retrieve the ball from a dangerous area.

But the unfortunate incident having happened, it is the responsibility of state machinery to have an effective search and rescue machanism. That is the basic essential of disaster management, is it not?

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http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=789386&f=24