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TET question paper leak: Left parties seek Governor intervention

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kolkata: The students and youth wings of Left parties on Tuesday sought the intervention of Governor KN Tripathi in the “disappearance” of question papers for the primary Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), and charged West Bengal ruling Trinamool Congress of being complicit in the scam.

A march to Raj Bhavan denouncing the Trinamool and demanding transparency in conduct of the TET examination was consequently undertaken by as many as 12 Left-affiliated students and youth wings, including the Students Federation of India (SFI).

The examination conducted by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education was originally scheduled to be held on August 30, but was rescheduled first to October 4, and subsequently to October 11 after a bunch of question papers “mysteriously disappeared” while being transported to Hooghly district.

SFI general secretary Ritabrata Banerjee, while talking to media persons after submitting a memorandum of demands to the governor, said that there was “big conspiracy” behind the disappearance of the question papers.

“We believe representatives of the state government are involved in the disappearance of the question papers and in it,” Banerjee said.

“We informed the governor that across Bengal, there is not even a single village where Trinamool has not taken money from people promising jobs. The Trinamool has converted the TET into a farce,” he declared.

“The TET question papers have to be now put under judicial surveillance, otherwise the irregularities will continue because those who have already paid money to the Trinamool will again get hold of the papers,” Banerjee further added.

The demand to allow viewing of optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets in all such tests by the state government was also raised by Banerjee.

“It’s the responsibility of the state government to ensure transparency. Our chief minister repeatedly claims that her government is No.1 in all spheres, then why are OMR sheets not shown to candidates when many other states allow that? We demand the candidates should be allowed to view OMR sheets,” Banerjee said.

The Marxist leader also iterated the assurance given by the governor of taking up the issue with state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.

Earlier, Left Front chairman Biman Bose had alleged the involvement of the Trinamool in the question paper leak and had demanded a judicial probe into the same.

(With inputs from IANS)

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WhatsApp Offering 1000GB Free Data on its Birthday a Scam

In reality, users ended up on sites that signed them up for premium and costly SMS services or installed third-party apps on their smartphones

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Have you received a WhatsApp message offering 1000GB free Internet data? Beware, as it is a scam that is spreading fast.

Researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET have received a message on WhatsApp stating that the app was giving away 1000 GB of internet data to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

The fraudulent campaign is hosted by a domain that is home to yet more bogus offers pretending to come from other well-known brands.

“What strikes us right off the bat here is that the URL that comes with the message is not an official WhatsApp domain,” the researchers said in a blog post late Monday.

Even though businesses may sometimes run promotions through third parties, the rule of thumb here is to check on the company’s website to make sure any promotion is real and valid.

If you were to click on the link, you would be taken to a page that invites you to answer a series of questions in the form of a survey — ranging from how you found the offer to your opinion on the app.

“While you would be responding to the questionnaire, the site would invite you to pass along the offer to at least 30 more people in order to qualify for the big reward’. Needless to say, this is merely a way to boost the campaign’s reach,” said the researchers.

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FILE – Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

What are the fraudsters running this WhatsApp-themed scam looking to gain from it?

“Apparently their goal here is click fraud – a highly prevalent monetization scheme that relies on racking up bogus ad clicks that ultimately bring revenues for the operators of any given campaign,” warned ESET.

The same domain that hosts this scam is also home to many other offers, each pretending to come from a different company, including Adidas, Nestle and Rolex, to name but a few.

Also Read: Websites Using Facebook’s ‘Like’ Button Liable for Data: EU Court

In 2017, a similar WhatsApp-themed scam made the rounds that promised to unlock free Internet access.

In reality, users ended up on sites that signed them up for premium and costly SMS services or installed third-party apps on their smartphones.

“In 2018, perhaps the same fraudsters used ‘free Adidas shoes’ as the bait. Regardless of the tune, the end goal was invariably the same — give the scammers an easy way to line their pockets,” said the researchers. (IANS)