Etisalat auction: How much for 050-7777777 VIP number?

Properties, cars and vanity number plates have been auctioned before in the UAE, but now its VIP mobile numbers.

Etisalat, a telecommunication services and technology company, has put 70 numbers on the Emirates Auction website with only seven of them (050-7777777, 050-7777770, etc) listed in the diamond plus category.

“The prices may be disclosed a week before the auction on our website and if not then it will be revealed only at the venue,” a call center executive of Emirates Auction.

“You will have to bring a signed cheque and hand it over to the person at the auction. If you bid and win, you will have to put the amount on the cheque handed over.”
The auction will be held on March 8 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and Armani Hotel, Dubai.

Etisalat has said that part of the auction revenue will be used to support Khalifa Foundation programmes, while another part will be used to support Etisalat’s CSR projects.

The auction is part of the company’s continuous efforts to support social responsibility programmes and was announced during the signing of an agreement with the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and Emirates Auction at Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

According to Emirates Auction website, there are seven diamond plus numbers, 25 diamond numbers, 18 platinum numbers and 20 gold numbers.

The above categories include different packages, with the buyer of the Diamond Plus number getting 22,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 2,250 international minutes per month for 2 years, 100GB data per month for 2 years, 22,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 300 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, the latest smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

The package for Diamond numbers includes 7,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 750 international minutes per month for 2 years, 20GB data per month for 2 years, 7,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 100 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

Buyers of Platinum number will get 2,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 100 international minutes per month for 2 years, 10GB Data per month for 2 years and 2,500 Local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care, while Gold number buyers get 850 local minutes per month for 2 years, 50 international minutes per month for 2 years, 5GB data per month for 2 years and 850 local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

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10 Unethical Businesses Nobody Cares In India

India, a country that exudes diversity in every aspect of its social or cultural life, is a land of wonder for many. People come from all over the world to witness its charm and rich history. However, behind all these glam and glory lies an image that is ruthless and downright illegal. Although most of us are aware of the illegal practices being carried around us, we don’t have time to dwell in the negatives and hence efficiently adjusts to it.

Cleaning of Ears


For many, this may seem way beyond their imagination of ‘weird’ job. But in some places of India, it is a common sight to view a person cleaning customer’s ears with ‘special’ equipments. These equipments are special because although it efficiently cleans one’s ears, these are dangerous and can cause hearing disability if not handled properly. It is an illegal business as per the government norm but is carried out openly in villages and small towns of the country.   

Dentists on the Streets

At some point or other, everyone goes to the dentist for a dental surgery, filling job or just to get rid of the unbearable tooth-ache. However, to get the tooth fixed, one requires spending minimum thousand bucks. But what about those who couldn’t afford such an expensive treatment? Well, they are rescued by the street dentists who are now present in every corner of India in spite of the Government declaring it to be an illegal business. They hardly carry any license or certificate for that case and can’t be held responsible for the after-effects of a wrong treatment.

Food Adulteration


This is probably the most common and unfortunately accepted illegal business in India. Although it’s a known fact that our grocer is mixing unwanted things or adulterant to the food stuffs on his shop, we not only buy them but never question as well.
There are number of Food and Drug Administration that regulates laws on food safety and while they are strictly followed by people in foreign countries, the scenario is different in India. The illegal practice is more prevalent in small towns and places where people are ignorant. Every year, more than thousands of people in the country get ill or lose their life because of food adulteration.

Duplicate Goods


The increasing population and the growing inequality among the people in India can be said to be one of the reasons behind the growing illegal business of duplicate goods. A common sight in India is that an item that is sold at 1000 in a mall is available as a duplicate product and at a rate twice less than that of the former. This market is flourishing as more than half of the population in India falls under middle class and couldn’t afford expensive goods.

Sex Determination And Female Feticide

Gone are the days when people used to differentiate between a girl child and a boy child. Every child brings along some specialty and is precious to their parents. While one part of India paints a picture of an open-minded and forward thinking country, the other part is gloomy and still very backward. There a nooks and corners in most of the states in India where female child is unwanted and killed while in mother’s womb. The law imposes strict punishment on those who are caught practicing the illegal act of sex determination and abortion of female child. Unfortunately, female fetus still killed or left behind after birth to be an orphan.


While in some countries like Germany and Gambia, prostitution is legal, in most part of the world it is regarded as an illegal act. All these countries, where the trade is illegal, are suffering from growing red light areas. According to a study by Axel Dreher of University of Heidelberg, countries that legalize the trade are encouraging human trafficking. India as well is a victim of this dreadful illegal business and growing diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Movies CD/DVDs Piracy Market

It is funny to note that while using a pirated CD/DVD, most of us don’t even realize that it is an illegal act. We are so used to the easy availability of the pirated products that we don’t want to take the hassle of waiting for the genuine CDs and DVDs to arrive the market. There is a major market in India that deals in pirated products and escapes any legal action although it is illegal as per Government norms.


Giving money to beggars is considered as a generous act by most of us. We pity them and wonder what might have happened to them to have such a miserable life. However, the real picture is beyond one’s imagination. Begging is actually a booming business for human traffickers and the beggars are part of their play to extract money from passerby. Begging is downright illegal but people hardly know about the reality and are always eager to please God by helping the ‘needy’. 

Desi Daru


Alcohol consumption could be injurious to health and family as well. But every city in the country now has one alcohol shop probably after every 2 kilometer. But the growing concern of the country is the increasing trade of local-made alcoholic drink or Desi Daru as it is popularly called. This falls under illegal business since many people were reported ill or dead due to the consumption of Desi Daru. Despite being called as illegal, shops selling desi daru are opening almost every fortnight. 

Child Labor

The most dangerous of all illegal businesses is that of child labor. According to Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of State Policy in India, it is a punishable act to make children less than 14 years work in factory or mine. But the problem lies in the ignorance of people about this law and continuous harassment of child in different ways.

Can Falling Rupee be Rescued by Gold in Indian Temples?

The Prime Minister, The Finance Minister, The Finance Ministry of India as well as the RBI are trying to come up with dynamic measures to solve the current problem of falling rupee and improving the Indian economy as a whole. Most of the initiatives taken by RBI met with criticism, and the need of the hour is to come up with some novel idea to curb the current crisis, reports Debiprasad Nayak of The Wall Street Journal.

One of the control measures announced by Government is to increase the import duties on gold. But experts believe that the gold loving Indians will not be affected by the price rise. According to World Gold Council, India currently has around 20,000 tons of gold worth $950 billion. About 2.79 percent of this gold is held by Reserve Bank of India and the rest is under individual possession. Few experts suggest that Government should try to make use of some of this gold. “If we will be able to bring out only 10% of the gold holdings, we don’t need to import any gold for the next two years,” said Haresh Soni, chairman of the Mumbai-based All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation.

The gold loan scheme is already practiced in India in which banks accept gold jewelry and bars from individuals and provide loan based on the quantity and current price of gold. The minimum deposit should be of 500 gm of gold. If the amount of deposit is reduced to 100 or 200 grams, it would be feasible for many Indians to use this scheme.  Hence, Government should try and make use of this unproductive asset to increase dollar inflow and reduce gold import.

Church made of Human Bones

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, and how about 70 kilometers east the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, lies a small town called Sedlec.
It might have been an ordinary enough town, if not for its extraordinary church.The inside of this church is decorated with artworks made of real human bones.
The story begins in 1218, when a certain Abbot Henry made a pilgrimage to the holy land and brought back a jar full of soil  from cemetery, which he spread over the Church.
As a result the church came to be regarded as more sacred and turned into a popular burial spot
By 1318, more than 30,000 bodies were buried there and by 1511, it had become necessary to remove the older bones to make place for the new ones.
7 These later became the material for the macabre creations.
In 1870 a local woodcarver was hired by the Duke of Shwartzenberg to decorate the inside of the church with the human remains (approximately 40,000 sets of human bones).
Attached are some of the pictures of this Boney Church - its simply astonishing


Indians in Kuwait gathered at Embassy to seek help

Hundreds of Indian expat workers, majority of them from Rajasthan, gathered on the Indian embassy premises seeking the embassy’s help in securing either release or information of people who were arrested during a raid in Bneid Al- Gar last week. The workers numbering over 300 request the embassy to intervene on their behalf. They complained to the embassy officials that there was no information about them after the arrest.


Acting Ambassador Vidhu P Nair spoke to the gathered people and held separate talks with their representatives in his office. He will be meeting the consular director at the Kuwait Foreign Ministry on Monday morning, informed the Embassy officials.

Embassy officials informed that they visited detained Indians at deportation centers. The embassy is also in constant touch with foreign ministry officials in New Delhi.

According to the present residency law in Kuwait, people who enter the country on Article 20 visas are permitted to work only under their sponsors. Authorities are targeting those who are illegally staying in the country, those holding domestic work permits but not working for their sponsors and those holding work visa but working for other companies that their original sponsor.

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Petrofac in $3.7bn Abu Dhabi deal

Petrofac Emirates is partnering with Daewoo Shipbuilding

British oil and gas group Petrofac said on Thursday that its Petrofac Emirates joint venture firm has won a $3.7-billion (2.8-billion-euro) contract to develop a key field in Abu Dhabi.

“Petrofac is pleased to announce that Petrofac Emirates, its joint venture with Mubadala Petroleum, has been awarded a contract by Zakum Development Company for the Upper Zakum, UZ750 field development in Abu Dhabi,” said a statement from the London-listed firm.

“The contract is worth approximately $3.7 billion and has been secured by Petrofac Emirates in consortium with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd.”

The group added that Petrofac Emirates’ share of the contract was valued at $2.9 billion.

India to downgrade ties with Italy, won’t send ambassador

The orders of the Supreme Court will be complied with by all government agencies

Against the backdrop of airports across India being put on alert to prevent Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving the country, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said the orders of the Supreme Court will be complied with by all government agencies.

Besides downgrading its diplomatic ties with Italy, the government has also asked its ambassador-designate to that country Basant Kumar Gupta, who was scheduled to leave for Rome on Friday, not to proceed. The government, which is reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral ties, has decided to withhold the posting of Gupta, who was expected to take charge by end of next week. The downgrading of ties could affect bilateral economic and social relations between the two nations.

‘The Supreme Court order will be complied with by all government agencies,’ Khurshid told reporters outside Parliament House on Friday in response to questions on the issue. He said the matter will come up before the apex court again on Monday and ‘we will know then exactly what is the next step that should be taken.

Meanwhile, the decision to alert the airports was taken by the Union Home Ministry a day after the apex court restrained the Italian Ambassador from leaving India without its permission.

The court had taken exception to Italian government’s refusal to send back two marines charged with the killing of two Indian fishermen. The two marines were allowed by the court to go to Italy to cast their votes in the elections there after the Italian Ambassador had given an assurance to send them back.

India has given $ 5.5 million as defence aid to Tajikistan

Тренировка вертолетчиков Торжокского центра к Параду Победы

© Photo: RIA Novosti

India has given the Ministry of Defence of Tajikistan, a $ 5.5 million aid in military and technical spheres, said the head of the press service of the Tajik Defence Ministry, Faridun Mohamedaliev. One helicopter MI-8 and 6 motor-vehicles, including military trucks and fire engines were given to the Ministry of Defence, said Mohamedaliev .The Minister of Defence of Tajikistan, Sherali Hairulloev,pointed that the military and technical cooperation between the two countries would maintain security in the region. Mohmadaliev added that Tajikistan and India have collaborated in the military and technical field since 2002. Within the frame of this cooperation, the Indian side has reconstructed the military airbase at “Aini” situated 25km to the west of Dushanbe.

Candidates get power by using money, and money by using power: Anna Hazare


Declaring that he would mobilize six crore people over next one and a half years for his anti-graft campaign, Anna Hazare on Sunday said Jan Lokpal alone cannot root out corruption and called for comprehensive electoral reforms and empowering of village-level bodies.

Addressing a public meeting here, he said his fight was for changing the entire system and called upon youths to join hands with him. The 75-year-old said Jan Lokpal can control 50 to 55 percent corruption.

“What about the remaining corruption? That is why we are demanding right to reject a candidate (in the elections),” he said.

“If all five contesting candidates in an election are goondas, whom the people will choose? We are saying that you provide an option to the voters to reject them. If maximum number of voters reject the candidates, the election should be cancelled and these five should not be allowed to contest again,” Anna Hazare said.

He felt this reform is a must to check corruption in elections and pointed out that a candidate is spending Rs5 crore to Rs6 crore in each election to bribe voters.

“They get power by using money, and money by using power. There is need to put an end to this vicious circle,” he said.

He vowed to continue fight for Jan Lokpal and alleged that the government is not sincere in bringing the anti-graft legislation.

Hazare explained that the government initially turned down the demand to involve people’s representatives in bringing the legislation. He also referred to the government’s reluctance to bring middle and lower-level bureaucrats under Lokpal.

“For the next one-and-half years, I will visit all states to create awareness. I don’t know if I will be able to awaken all 120 crore people but if I go around, I can mobilize six crore people who can force the government to change the system,” he said.

Hazare claimed that the nation-wide campaign launched by Janatantra Morcha from Patna last month evoked good public response. He told the gathering that Morcha would be built from village level and that every person involved in it would be a leader.

He also clarified that nobody in the Morcha would be allowed to collect money.

Stating that he had been carrying on the fight for the last 30 years, the social activist said he had no fear of death. “I will feel honoured if I die while serving the society and the country,” he added.

Malala’s hope [ sign the petition ]

Malala has dedicated her childhood to championing education for girls like her in Pakistan. As she lies in a hospital bed, a tragic victim of Taliban gunmen, let’s help make her dream come true.

One part of Pakistan has already started a successful programme of paying families which send their girls to school regularly. But in Malala’s province the government is dragging its feet. Senior politicians have offered Malala help, and if we act now we can get them to commit to rolling this out nationwide.

Before the media spotlight moves on, let’s raise our voices to demand that the government announces funding for all Pakistani girls who attend school. In days the UN Education Envoy will meet Pakistan’s President Zardari and he says hand delivering 1 million signatures will strengthen his case.

To Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, PM Raja Pervez Ashraf and KP Province Governor Syed Masood Kausar:

We call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education for every child through building schools, training teachers and funding families whose daughters regularly attend school. All governments and international organisations must play their part to ensure that the millions of children who are currently out of school, get an education.

Sign now, and let’s help make Malala’s dream come true.

Source : Avaaz.Org

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