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Event Diary – 27th June 2012, Wednesday

Facebook’s email switch draws a lot of criticism

Social networking website Facebook recently switched many of its users’ profile e-mail addresses with a @facebook.com domain address. Many users who had e-mail addresses from Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or Zoho mail, would have discovered on Monday that their profile now showed a @facebook.com address instead. While they provide the option to revert to the external e-mail address which existed earlier, it requires tweaking of their profile information display settings. Although, Users also have the option to hide the @facebook.com address.

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However, this change was bitterly criticized by many of the tech bloggers and some of the users, as facebook is now seen as forcing its users to follow the new e-mail system which was launched by facebook way back in 2010, but couldn’t take off then.

Sarabjit to return home, his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment

The Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan, Sarabjit Singh, is now hoping to return home soon as President Asif Ali Zardari has granted him mercy and commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment.

Since Sarabjit has already served out the term, the Law Ministry has written to the Interior Ministry, suggesting that the matter be taken up with the jail authorities for his release. But, the Indian High Commission was not formally informed of the President’s decision till late on Tuesday evening.

Sarabjit is an accused of terrorist attacks in Faislabad and Lahore, in which about a dozen people were killed is lodged in Punjab’s Jail. Because of improved relations between the two countries and the release on bail of Pakistani octogenarian virologist Khalil Chishty earlier this year, he filed his latest and fifth mercy petition on May 29.

Sarabjit was arrested on August 28, 1990 and convicted in 1991. He has already spent over 21 years in prison.

Ten member minister’s panel to review by-poll debacle : Hyderabad

To thoroughly study the reasons behind the party’s debacle in the recent by-elections, the Congress has decided to constitute a ten-member committee of Ministers so that future course of actions can be decided to bring the party back on rails.

The committee is supposed to review constituency-wise results, identify the drawbacks and instances of non-cooperation, study the public perception of the ongoing welfare and developmental programmes and finally conclude the reasons for poor performance and give suggestions on corrective measures for the same.

The committee will comprise two Ministers each from North Coastal Andhra, Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana. Mr. Dharmana Prasad Rao is likely to be the convenor of the committee which will have Mr. Ramanarayan Reddy, Ms. Aruna, Mr. B. Saraiah, Mr. Viswaroop, Mr. Raghuveera Reddy, Mr. Pithani Satyanarayana, Thota Narasimham and C. Ramachandraiah as members, among others. Mr. Botcha Satyanaryana would be in the committee in his capacity as the PCC chief.

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