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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Weird news - Bangladeshi airport shows porn for 5 minutes, investigations on

In Islamic countries, the public display of porn and sex is a strict taboo. So, for example, somebody committing adultery can be punished by death under Sharia laws, and couple who have kissed in public or shown other emotions can be lashed or subjected to other penalties. It would be very difficult to believe that in such countries, there can be such a thing such as showing porn publicly (one can expect some severe penalties to happen to anybody who does such a thing). Well, consider the case of the airport in Bangladesh (a Muslim majority country) where a porn clip was shown for 5 mistakes (a grievous mistake no doubt, but still something that could cause some head chopping if it happened in Saudi Arabia) (link to article):

Travellers at Bangladesh's main airport were taken in by shock when a huge display screen meant to air programmes about the country showed a porn video, prompting the civil aviation authority to launch a probe into the incident. Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into a scandal at the Hazrat Shahjalal Airport where the huge display screen aired for five minutes a pornographic movie, officials said today.
"An investigation is under way while the people responsible for the scandal were already taken to task," a Civil Aviation Authority spokesman told PTI without elaborating. Another official said the operator was handed down two months of jail term instantly after a summary trial by an on duty magistrate at the airport.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weird news - Student takes answer sheet home, brings it the next day

Cheating in the exams is something that is very seriously frowned upon, and in many cases, students have been expelled if caught cheating. At the very least, even if no strict action is taken, a student can be made to feel ashamed of what has happened, and this by itself can be enough punishment. However, one does expect that the examiners take the entire process of the exam seriously, and ensure that students know that there will be severe penalties if the student is caught cheating. However, what do you do when the student does not submit the answer sheet, and then the examiners do not even detect that an answer sheet is missing (link to article):

Employing an innovative method of cheating, a student took his answer sheet of first year BSc paper, home on Thursday only to return it to the examiners on Friday. He claimed that he had forgotten to submit it.
Examiners at Gujarat College have sent the answer sheet to Gujarat University. The interesting aspect of the incident is that the Gujarat College examiners did not realise the answer sheet's theft and reportedly told varsity authorities that it was a counting mistake. However, the blunder came to light, when the student along with his father turned up next day to return the answer sheet.

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