Archive for September 14, 2012

MFA Supports the Cause of Autism

Face value for autism?

Priyanka Chopra approached by Forum For Autism to become the face of the organisation.


Priyanka Chopra’s portrayal of an autistic person in the recently released Barfi! got her rave reviews. Her role also seems to have touched the lives and hearts of many. The Forum For Autism (FFA), a support group for parents of autistic kids in the city, has approached Priyanka to become the face of their organisation. Impressed by her acting, they believe she is the perfect ambassador for their cause.

Chitra Iyer, trustee, FFA says, “We knew that she was playing an autistic girl in the film, but after we saw it, we were really surprised. Priyanka has done an extremely good job and she played the part so well, keeping it very close to reality by not overdoing it. They’ve spread an important message through the film, that autism is not an illness, it’s a disorder.”

Ask her why she feels that Priyanka will be a good fit for the role, and she says, “Priyanka has done a lot of groundwork to play this part, and she has a clear idea about the lives of autistic people. She’s an intelligent person and will be able to spread the message in the right manner.”

Ask her about Priyanka’s reaction to this and Chitra reveals, “She has been very receptive and has promised to do whatever she can towards this cause.” » Read more..

Get ready to Witness the Battle for FPL

Get ready to witness the battle for the Financial Premier League tomorrow, an innovative way to impart financial literacy to your child, tomorrow-Sep 22- at IES College, Bandra. Children from 10 participating schools will fight it out!


Who Stole my Identity?

Identity theft can take myriad forms. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

In April 2010, a US court sentenced an Indian named Jaisanker Marimuthu to 81 months in prison. This native of Chennai would hack into brokerage accounts in the US and use them to purchase thinly-traded stocks. Once the prices of these stocks had risen, he would sell his own holdings in those stocks and pocket a neat profit.

In May 2011 and again in June, hackers broke into databases of a popular gaming company and stole millions of passwords of online gamers. In July this year, police in Sacramento, California, busted a gang that installed skimming devices at gas stations in the US. Whenever a customer swiped his card to purchase petrol, the vital details on the magnetic strip of his card would be captured by the skimming device. The gang would then use those details to create a clone of the original card and run up bills on the card owner’s accounts.

In a more benign instance, a student at a Delhi-based management school created a fake account of the Police Commissioner on a social networking site. He then used this account to offer advice to those who wrote to him. In another instance, an impostor created Nobel laureate and economist Amartya Sen’s account on Facebook which he then used to dispense political and economic views that were contrary to those held by the great man.

These are all instances of identity theft, where a criminal steals a victim’s critical information and then misuses it, either for financial gains or sometimes just for some frivolous thrill. This stolen information could include name, signature, phone numbers, address, bank account numbers, credit card details, and more.

Identity thieves could also use your personal details to commit crimes and thus create a criminal record in your name. Thus, identity theft has emerged as a major threat to an individual’s financial as well as personal security. » Read more..