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DoT Issues Orders To Block 78 URLs; 73 URLs With IIPM Content


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Note: Following this report, other publications and civil society organizations are providing more context on this development. We’ve got a live blog with everything around the blocks here as a followup to this post.

Important: CERT-IN’s Gulshan Rai has said that blocks have been implemented on the basis of an order issued by a Court in Gwalior, according to a report from Livemint. Hence, DoT is only implementing the Court’s instructions.

Earlier today: India’s Department of Telecommunications yesterday issued instructions to Internet Service Licensees to block access to 78 URLs from India, and what is evident from the list of URLs is that 73 of these are related to the educational institution IIPM. The order is signed by Subodh Saxena of the DoT.

Most surprisingly, the block covers the University Grants Commission, wherein a notice from the UGC pointing towards the unrecognized status of IIPM has been ordered to be blocked.

What is worrying is that the blocks include URLs of news portals like Outlook Magazine, Careers360, The Times of India, FirstPost, Rediff, The Indian Express, The Economic Times, MensXP, The Wall Street Journal, The Caravan Magazine, whose reports related to IIPM have been blocked. Apart from this, spoof news site Faking News has 8 URLs in the list (some repeated), while a URL from The Unreal Times has also been asked to be blocked. Also blocked are blog posts from 2005 and 2006 critical of IIPM, including those from Gaurav Sabnis and Rashmi Bansal. Apart from this, URL on consumer complaints portals Akosha and consumercourtforum.in related to IIPM has also been ordered to be blocked, as well as a compilation of links on Bitly by Mahesh Murthy. The Wall Street Journal and Caravan Magazine have their Arindam Chaudhuri specific tags in the list for blocking as well.

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Note that these blocks may not have been implemented in all earnest yet, but the orders to block them have been issued. Doesn’t look like these blocks can be justified on the grounds of national security.

List of URLs blocked

The list of URLs that are being blocked (blocking instruction (II) 14 Feb 2013):
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http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/3604913_English.pdf
http://bitly.com/bundles/maheshmurthy/5
http://www.consumercourt.in/other-product-services/114783-fraud-done-iipm-delhi.html
http://iipmexposed.blogspot.in
http://akosha.com/IIPM-complaints-98.html
http://gauravsabnis.blogspot.in/2005/08/fraud-that-is-iipm.html
http://www.consumercourt.nic.in/other-department/88450-fraud-iipm-bangalore-campus.html
http://harishc.blogspot.in/2011/06/caravan-iipm-article.html
http://ekakizunj.com/IIPM_scam
http://www.consumercourtforum.in/f39/iipm-abusing-student-62309
http://iipmexposed.blogspot.in/2006/09/truth.html
http://intellibriefs.blogspot.in/2009/06/iipm-indian-students-beware-best-only.html
http://azatlan.blogspot.in/2005/10/iipm.html
http://nanopolitan.blogspot.in/2005/10/breaking-news-iipm-faculty-pages-have.html
http://youthcurry.blogspot.in/2005/10/lies-damned-lies-and-fake-blogs.html
http://kitabkhana.blogspot.in/2005/10/free-speech-and-iipm.html
http://sambharmafia.blogspot.in/2006/08/plagiarism-charge-on-iipm.html
http://theunknownindia.blogspot.in/2005/10/youre-out-of-rankings-iipm.html
http://curiousgawker.blogspot.in/2005/10/iipm-to-inaugurate-new-answering.html
http://ramblingz.blogspot.in/2005/10/blogs-v-iipm.html
http://www.mensxp.com/work-life/career-center/5363-5-things-mba-aspirants-need-to-know-about-iipm.html
http://www.iipmfraud.com/
http://www.fakingnews.com/2011/07/iipm-appoints-poonam-pandey-as-their-brand-ambassador/
http://www.fakingnews.com/2010/08/iipm-derecognizes-ugc-starts-privy-league-of-universities/
http://getahead.rediff.com/report/2010/aug/26/career-trouble-brewing-for-indian-institute-of-management-and-planning-in-hyderabad.htm
http://blogs.outlookindia.com/default.aspx?ddm=10&pid=2536&eid=31
http://blogs.outlookindia.com/default.aspx?ddm=10&pid=2536&eid=32
http://www.firstpost.com/politics/sc-stays-iipm-case-against-caravan-magazine-59194.html
http://www.careers360.com/news/3957-IIPM-Uttarkhand-Registrar-recommends-a-ban
http://www.careers360.com/news_3067-IIPM-Best-only-in-claims
http://blogs.outlookindia.com/default.aspx?ddm=10&pid=2536&eid=31
http://www.jammag.com/newjam/careers/n/showart.php?art_id=149
http://http://www.caravanmagazine.in/perspectives/iipms-rs500-million-lawsuit-against-caravan
http://bitly.com/bundles/maheshmurthy/5
http://www.indianexpress.com/comments/court-asks-iipm-ugc-to-clarify-on-affiliation/676123/
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iipm-not-recognized-can-t-award-degrees-ugc/987618
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-22/bangalore/29689648_1_iipm-counsel-tamil-nadu
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-07-19/news/32747422_1_iipm-award-degrees-ugc
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/court-asks-iipm-ugc-to-clarify-on-affiliation/676123/
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iipm-can-t-confer-degrees-ugc/679253/
http://www.indianexpress.com/comments/distancelearning-or-fulltime;-iipm-students-confused/752287
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iipm-students-file-cheating-complaint-against-dean/790646
http://iipmexposed.blogspot.in/2005/09/truth.html
http://intellibreifs.blogspot.in/2009/06/iipm-indian-students-beware-best-only.html
http://azatlan.blogspot.in/2005/10/iipm.html
http://nanopolitan.blogspot.in/2005/10/breaking-news-iipm-faculty-pages-have.html
http://youthcurry.blogspot.in/2005/10/lies-damned-lies-and-fake-blogs.html
http://kitabkhana.blogspot.in/2005/10/free-speech-and-iipm.html
http://sambharmafia.blogspot.in/2006/08/plagiarism-charge-on-iipm.html
http://theunknownindia.blogspot.in/2005/10/youre-out-of-rankings-iipm.html
http://curiousgawker.blogspot.in/2005/10/iipm-to-inaugurate-new-answering.html
http://ramblingz.blogspot.in/2005/10/blogs-v-iipm.html
http://www.mensxp.com/work-life/career-center/5363-5-things-mba-aspirants-need-to-know-about-iipm.html
http://www.iipmfraud.com/
http://www.fakingnews.com/2011/07/iipm-appoints-poonam-pandey-as-their-brand-ambassador/
http://www.fakingnews.com/2010/08/iipm-derecognizes-ugc-starts-privy-league-of-universities/
http://getahead.rediff.com/report/2010/aug/26/career-trouble-brewing-for-indian-institute-of-management-and-planning-in-hyderabad.htm

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/08/19/%E2%80%98why-i-took-on-arindam-chaudhuri%E2%80%99/
http://caravanmagazine.in/reportage/sweet-smell-success
http://kafila.org/2011/06/22/arindam-chaudhuri-silchar
http://www.fakingnews.com/2012/06/arindam-chaudhuri-nirmal-baba-in-race-to-become-indias-news-finance-minister
http://www.caravanmagazine.in/category/tags/arindam-chaudhuri
http://www.fakingnews.com/2011/03/arindam-chaudhuri-launches-political-party-to-contest-bengal-elections
http://rogerfacts.blogspot.in/2011/06/sweet-smell-of-success-true-story-of.html
http://www.theunrealtimes.com/2011/06/22/dare-to-search-beyond-google-arindham-chaudhury-to-launch-ponytail-seach/
http://www.caravanmagazine.in/perspectives/iipms-rs500-million-lawsuit-against-caravan
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/tag/arindam-chaudhuri
http://vijayknair.blogspot.in/2011/07/caravan-and-arindam-chaudhuri-pot-and.html
http://www.fakingnews.com/2010/04/what-is-arindam-chaudhuri-saying-to-the-workd/
http://www.fakingnews.com/2010/07/arindam-next-best-seller-to-clear-the-air-on-inception/
http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/why-people-hate-iipm-and-arindam-chaudhuri-he-loo/22690586/answers
http://sierainindia.blogspot.in/2011/06/arindam-chaudhuri-sues-caravan-google.html
http://iipmfraud.com

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  • Google the links and see cache version.. Duh!!

    • Google has sort of messed that up by hiding the cache link in the preview popup. 

  • Anonymous

    DOT got money from Arindam ?

    • You just need to find a judge who does not understand technology. Not presenting all the facts does not help. UGC blocking is a good proof. 

  • Anonymous

    i am wondering how can they block UGC site ? who gave them right to block sites ? its mean if i will write against PM they will block my content …

    • Try doing that for the G family. ;) 

  • Karthik Kumar

    The article itself is mistakenly explained. The block order is not for IIPM per se, but sites that state that IIPM is a fraud. This seems rather odd. Why would the govt give out such a specific order? 

    • Most probable case is that IIPM filed a court order. DoT complied because they are well a bunch of p*****s. 

  • Abhimanyu R

    And yet this is what the MoS for IT said a few HOURS before this blocking order:

    http://youtu.be/_jQZbS3DstI?t=6m55s

  • Chinese version of India. God!

  • Does IIPM stand for Indian Institute of Ponytail Management? (Just asking, please don’t arrest me under 66A of the IT Act.)

  • is this the way a IIPM plans to do a ORM by blocking opinions and not resolving them…. guess thats what they teach management and customer satisfaction @ their business school and that’s y they are in such deep S!@#

  • Anonymous

    @Madianama:twitter Your article may stating the facts may aslo get blocked..

  • If UGC is declaring that IIPM has no power to award degrees, that Information must be published out on every site and every channel. Courts should facilitate that and not block a factual statement. If it is a court order, then courts are overstepping their jurisdiction.. They have no business to block a fact being published

  • Thanks for collecting those links and sharing it here. Atleatst now people knows what kind of content is blocked

  • jaivir

    They has not claimed neither affiliated UGC nor with AICTE so people want to join IIPM should aware about it

  • Hardly any block! 

  • Rahul Srivastava

    you can access iipmfraud.com at http://www.iipm-fraud.com/
     

  • all of visitors can read all block content by below link, Its contains the content history of all web page.
    http://archive.org/web/web.php

  • Max

    Murli Deora is a joker – as big a hypocrite in blocking URL’s. And despite the BSNL telecom penetration experience, he again wants to create telecom infrastructure through BSNL over next 400 years probbably???? only shows complete ignorance and incompetence. oops, please dont take these as opinions, facts, views or criticism.

  • please ensure that the copy of the gwalior court order is available to the public. also it is important to know who sent the copy of the court order to DoT

  • vishal bisla