Banks disable ATM cash retraction feature due to fraud

Submitted by Karthik on 24 September, 2012 - 00:56

The RBI has asked all banks to disable the cash retraction facility that is a feature in all ATMs. This facility ensures that if a customer forgets to collect his cash and leaves the ATM, then the machine will suck the currency notes back in and credit the appropriate amount back into the customer's account. However, the RBI has noted that banks were reporting a number of instances where this feature was being abused by frauds:

Sandhan: a search engine with Indic support

Submitted by Karthik on 21 September, 2012 - 01:02

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy) has launched what appears to be a prototype effort at a search engine dedicated to service Indian customers not conversant with English. Dubbed Sandhan, the interface currently supports five languages—Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu—and primarily answers queries particular to Indian tourism.

Kartick Chandra Paul, Kolkata's Ptolemy

Submitted by Karthik on 10 September, 2012 - 18:53

A 72-year old resident of Kolkata named Kartick Chandra Paul has spent the last few decades of his life trying to convince people that the Sun revolves around the Earth with the other planets revolving around the Sun. He does his convincing through the use of graffiti and illustrated leaflets that adorn the walls and lamp-posts of South Kolkata.

The science of life

Submitted by Karthik on 28 August, 2012 - 23:43

The 'science of life' aka Ayurveda is now getting chic in India as well. According to this article on Livemint, some serious spin has been imparted to it "at Threesixty°, the buzzing world-cuisine restaurant at The Oberoi, New Delhi". Prior to being served, you are apparently 'sized-up' based on your build and personality which places you in one of the following categories:


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