Police on Friday arrested BJP lawmaker Hema Malini’s driver, a day after her Mercedes collided with a Maruti Alto in Rajasthan killing a two-year-old girl and leaving the actor and four others injured.

    He was produced in court and later granted bail. Officials said Uttar Pradesh resident Mahesh Thakur, the accused, was facing charges of culpable homicide and causing death by negligence.

    Television footage showed Mathura MP Hema Malini walking away from the spot with blood dripping down her face following the crash on National Highway 11 near Dausa district in the western state.

    The incident brought the spotlight back on India’s dangerous roads where about 200,000 people die every year in traffic accidents, according to WHO data. Last year, Hema Malini’s party colleague Gopinath Munde was killed in a car crash in Delhi nearly a week after the 64-year-old took office as the country’s rural affairs minister.

    While the infant travelling in the Maruti hatchback reportedly died on the spot, her parents, a four-year-old brother and an aunt are undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Jaipur.

    Hema Malini, who was in the back seat of the Mercedes, was admitted to a private medical centre with a nasal fracture and injuries to her forehead, cheeks and legs.

    “A surgery of debridement (removal of damaged tissues) and repair of lacerated wounds was carried out post-midnight,” said Pratim Tambole, facility director at the Fortis hospital. “It was a two-hour long process under general anaesthesia. She is now in post-operative intensive care unit.”

    The 66-year-old actor was going to Jaipur after visiting a temple in Rajasthan’s Karauli district when her car crashed into the Maruti Alto carrying the family headed to Lalsot city.

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Google wants to listen in to your conversations to target ads, Fujitsu to protect you from scammers

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  • Updated: Mar 23, 2012 17:12 IST
In the future the person you thought you were calling may not be the only one on the other end of the phone line.

Google and Fujitsu are both working on technology that analyzes your phone conversations but the intended outcomes are very different: Google wants to analyze background noises to create targeted, environment-sensitive ads while Fujitsu wants to make sure that you are not being conned by scammers on the other end of the line.

On March 20 Google was granted a patent for “advertising based on environmental conditions.” The idea behind the patent is to use sensors on a consumer’s device to determine information about their environment. This information could be used to deliver targeted ads including showing the phone owner an ad for an umbrella when it is wet, an ad for an air conditioner when it is hot or for coats and jackets when it is cold.

Google would also analyze background noises and audio signals during phone conversations to determine the music you like or the sporting events you go to in order to show more relevant ads.

PC World said that “if you're at a sports event and you call GOOG-411 for info about a nearby restaurant, Google will be able to identify the sporting event based on background noise heard through the handset's microphone, and ads related to fans of that sport will be pumped to your phone.”

Nagoya University and Fujitsu are currently working on technology that maps a person’s voice pitch and level to detect when they are in an “overtrust situation” and may be vulnerable to phone phishing scams. 

“When overwhelmed with information that may be distressing, some individuals, without knowing it, may have a diminished capacity to objectively evaluate information provided by another party—a situation known as ‘overtrust,’ explained Fujitsu. “In situations of overtrust, there is the risk of believing everything another person is saying, even in cases of remittance-soliciting phone phishing scams, for example.”

Fujitsu claims that the pioneering technology can detect remittance-solicitation phone phishing scams with more than 90 percent accuracy. The technology can be used to notify the intended victim and provide support by contacting family members or authorities.

Starting this month the National Police Academy and The Bank of Nagoya will work together with Fujitsu to verify its initial results in the hope of eventually using the technology to prevent actual cases of phone-based remittance-solicitation fraud.
 

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