Friday, September 30, 2011

TRAI regulation to protect mobile/landline phone customers

The Indian telecom Industry with nearly 900 million subscribers is the second largest wireless market in the world. Low tariffs and direct reach to consumers has made SMS and direct calling one of the most cost effective ways of selling services and products. However, telemarketing has brought with it serious issues of invasion of privacy and has become a major irritant to customers.

To holistically curb this growing menace and effectively regulate unsolicited commercial Calls and messages, TRAI has notified "The Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulations, 2010". All the provisions of regulations come into force from 27th September, 2011. 

Customers (landline and mobile) who do not want to receive commercial communications can dial or SMS to 1909 (toll free) and register in either of the two categories:
Fully Blocked Category- stoppage of all commercial Calls/SMS
Partially Blocked Category- stoppage of all commercial Calls/SMS except SMS from one of the opted preferences 

For registering option using SMS, for 'fully blocked category', write "START 0" and send it to 1909. For 'partially blocked category', send SMS 'START' with one or multiple options from the list of seven categories. 

There are at present 7 preferences to choose from- Banking/Insurance/Financial Products/Credit Cards-1, Real Estate-2, Education-3, Health-4, Consumer goods and automobiles-5, Communication/Broadcasting/Entertainment/IT, Tourism-7.

For example: To receive messages relating to only Health products, then send SMS "START 4" to 1909. Similarly, for receiving messages relating to Real Estate and Education, send SMS "START 2,3" to 1909.

To obtain more information visit: TRAI


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scientists in public life

I do not think science-driven issues are well represented in the nation's governing body. I also feel the need for a larger scientific or researcher presence in governing bodies. However, in order that it happens, the scientists will have to change their attitude towards the general public. The other day, I was watching a top nuclear scientist of the country replying questions on nuclear safety to the representatives of the general public. I must say that the the attitude of the scientist was not correct. There was an air of superiority and arrogance in his responses,  which in fact gave him a poor personal image. The scientists must realise that the laws of science are not known to public but their fears are real. They must be more understanding and compassionate, that is what makes an illiterate politician popular among the public.


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