Gardai have issued advice to residents in Donegal following complaints online from members of the public claiming to have received scam phone calls from someone pretending to be from Eir. Several people have claimed on social media to have received dubious calls in which an automated voice claims to be ringing on behalf of Eir.It is believed that oftentimes, calls of this nature are an attempt to obtain personal details or a sum of money from unwitting individuals. It is the latest in a spate of incidents, including burglary and impersonation fraud in the county in recent days. Gardai in Letterkenny said one male had received a call today from someone claiming to be an Eir representative; seemingly knowing a lot of personal details.The fraudsters requested the Donegal resident to input an eight-digit code into his laptop or computer.They claimed that the broadband box associated with his account had a virus. However, once the Donegal man had asked to speak to a supervisor he was passed to another male to further discuss the matter.He later ended the call and contacted the Irish telecommunications company who advised that they would never make such a call.Gardai have asked people to remain viligant and report similar incidents if they occur.Eir is advising the following if you receive an unsolicited call: Do not respond to calls from an unknown source.Never disclose any information particularly personal or financialNever visit pages provided by the caller.If you hear an automated message on answering a call asking you to press a number, hang up.If you suspect that a call is not genuine, end the call politely and hang up.If you have provided bank account or credit card details, please contact your bank immediately to advise that your banking details may have been compromised.Donegal public warned of scam call from fraudsters claiming to be from Eir was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Plant lovers have urged the Bhuvaneswar city administration to undertake plantation of native species which could withstand strong cyclonic winds in future.A rapid assessment carried out by a group of scholars in Bhubaneswar says 99% of trees had suffered damage when Cyclone Fani hit the city on May 3.As many as 1,677 trees having 10 cm girth were recorded along different road stretches in various localities.“We found 99% of recorded trees were either uprooted or snapped and broken. About 6% trees were uprooted and 5% suffered complete damage. As high as 57% of trees were partially damaged,” said Hemanta Kumar Sahu, a botanist, who led the team.“Native species such as Karanja (Pongamia pinnata) and Chhatiana (Alstonia Scholaris) were found to have withstood ferocious wind speed of Fani in Bhubaneswar. These trees with minimal damage will get back much of their lost cover after monsoon,” said Mr. Sahu.Although the fig plants like Ficus bengalensis and Ficus religiosa survived Fani’s fury, most of their branches were lost. Kadamba (Anthocephalus cadamba) trees suffered heavy loss in the cyclone.“Native species such as Karanja, Chhatiana, Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Bahada (Terminalia bellerica), Jamun (Jambul), Amba (mango) and Arjuna (terminalia) trees withstood the high wind speed. These trees lost only 50% of their branches. These species should get priority when plantation would be undertaken in future,” he said.Meanwhile, the government sources said that 3,290 uprooted trees have already been replanted in Bhubaneswar.
In the wake of protests by some students against the appointment of a Muslim as an assistant professor in its Sanskrit faculty, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), a central university, said it would seek “constitutional or legal opinion” on the doubts they had regarding the BHU Act.The university, however, reiterated its backing for the newly-appointed assistant professor Firoz Khan. It said the selection committee unanimously recommended his selection on the basis of prescribed guidelines of the UGC and the Government of India. However, despite a two-hour long meeting with the Vice-Chancellor on Thursday evening, the protesters refused to call off their sit-in. Classes in the Sahitya (literature) department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan have not been held since November 7, when the protest started, said department head Umakant Chaturvedi.There are over 250 students in the department and over 1,000 in the Sanskrit faculty overall.“The andolan [protest] is on,” Shubham Tiwary, a Ph.D scholar leading the protests, told The Hindu on Friday. He demanded Mr. Khan’s transfer to another departmentMr. Tiwary said the varsity did not accept their demand and they were now waiting for it to legally scrutinize the BHU Act and check if Mr. Khan’s appointment violated any rules.According to the protesting students, the inscription on a foundation stone slab laid down by BHU founder Madan Mohan Malviya in the department mentions that only Hindus and followers of Jainism, Buddhism and the Arya Samaj, were allowed entry into it. This could not be independently verified, and as per Mr. Chaturvedi, the slab and its content related to the pre-Independence era before the Constitution came into place.In an official statement released late on Thursday, the BHU quoted the Vice-Chancellor (VC) as reiterating that the “BHU ACT is being followed in letter and spirit in the ongoing selection process.” He appealed to the students to call off their dharna and cooperate in the smooth functioning of the faculty. He argued that “flawless conducting of classes in the wake of the ensuing examinations is very important, so that students are not at the receiving end,” said the assistant Public Relations Officer of BHU.The VC assured the students that the administration was committed to “providing equal educational and teaching opportunities to everyone irrespective of religion, caste, community, gender etc, which were core to the cause of nation building.”Mr. Chaturvedi said the protesting students were adamant and cited a 1916 preamble of the varsity to argue their point. While holding that Mr. Khan’s appointment was made as per rules and he was qualified for the job, Mr. Chaturvedi said he was, however, personally a “little distressed” that a “lapse” had been committed in regard to Malviya’s “feelings,” which as per the stone slab said that the entry of non-Hindus was restricted in the department.However, when asked to verify the claim of the students regarding the stone slab, Mr. Chaturvedi admitted his argument was based on “hearsay”. He said he could not verify whether it restricted non-Hindus from being appointed.
The Canadian Press VICTORIA — Indigenous drummers in British Columbia are leading an anti-pipeline protest along a 22-kilometre route today that passes through Victoria and ends at a beach south of the city.Hundreds of chanting demonstrators left city hall Saturday morning and are walking down the middle of major downtown streets, escorted by police vehicles with their lights flashing.The march is protesting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval this week of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project planned to run from north of Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.The marchers include Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and local politicians.A small house is being towed behind the marchers and will be temporarily erected at Island View Beach, near Victoria International Airport, to house future pipeline protesters.Victoria resident Eric Doherty said he’s protesting the government’s use of tax dollars to support the fossil fuel industry.