AAP effect: Spy gadget sales in zoom mode

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    AAP effect: Spy gadget sales in zoom mode

    Mail Today

    From spy cameras installed in mangalsutras, necklaces, earrings, and wristwatches to pens and key rings, sound and image recording devices are easily available for between Rs 500 and Rs 50,000.

    NEW DELHI: The day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared open season for sting operations against corrupt government officials, sales of spy gadgets went through the roof in the Capital. A Mail Today investigation that covered the Capital’s electronic hotspots, including Palika Bazaar, Lajpat Rai Market and Shakarpur, found a thriving spy gadget market where less than ` 500 can buy the equipment needed for a basic sting operation.

    More money in hand only means more sophisticated snooping, and only the spy is the limit, Mail Today discovered.

    From spy cameras installed in mangalsutras, necklaces, earrings, and wristwatches to pens and key rings, sound and image recording devices are easily available for between Rs 500 and Rs 50,000. The gadgets are easy to use, and trendy to boot.

    The one dark lining to the sting cloud is that most of the clever stuff comes from China, and there aren’t any warranties available.
    Soaring sales

    “The sale of spy gadgets has gone up by almost 90 per cent overnight. Generally, we used to manage to sell around 12 spy gadgets but today I have already sold around 25 such gadgets so far,” Sachin Kumar, owner of Royal Palace Shop at Palika Bazaar , told Mail Today on Thursday afternoon. “ Some the buyers even talked about AAP,” he added.


    Manoj, the proprietor of another spy gadget outlet at Chandni Chowk’s Lajpat Rai Market, said he had sold around such gadgets to AAP volunteers a few days ago, and that had bulk orders in the pipeline. “It’s true, sales have gone up tremendously,” he said.

    Miniature cameras are by far most sought after device, according to Manoj. The six hot selling gadgets, he said, were cameras in pens, keyrings, buttons, watches, pen- drives and eyeglasses. “ They are handy and user- friendly. One can charge the battery with Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable and battery backup ranges from five to eight hours, depending usage,” he explained.

    The spy pen and keyrings were available for Rs 500, after the mandatory round of haggling of course. “The pen spy cameras almost similar at all the shops but the designs and quality of keyrings vary,” Manoj said.

    Spy cameras installed in electronic car keys are also available but they come dearer, at between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000.

    Funky as well and plain eyeglasses straddle a spectrum of price bands too, given their utility.

    The cameras installed inside these are tiny but have high resolution as well as depth of field.

    The most interesting item by is what Palika’s electronic hustlers call the SIM camera.

    A tiny box, about the size of matchbox, and its applications have no limit but one’s imagination. “One can put a mobile SIM card inside it and leave it wherever he wants to a conduct a sting. After calling on that number from anywhere, it gets activated and records video and audio of the entire room area as tiny cameras are installed on every side and send it to the calling mobile phone,” said Ajay, owner of Electronic Solutions.

    That’s not the only way, Ajay said. “Whenever there is any sound in the immediate vicinity of the box, it will call the paired mobile automatically. The device has an International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, and its cost ranges from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000.

    Versatile devices

    “One can use iPod headphones to adjust the focus of revolving cameras installed inside the iPod and hear or record from few hundred metres,” said Suresh, proprietor of a small shop in Shakarpur, adding that this kind of spyware is expensive and is ordered only on specific request.

    Other shopkeepers remained dismissive about the AAP sting effect. “Most buyers are school and college going students; they buy it for various purposes,” one said with a smirk. “ A few purchase them to record lectures, and some to settle scores,” added another who claimed to sell 10 spy pens every day.

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    lol.. spy cameras for recording lectures :lol: :lol: I think, spy cameras should be banned from being sold in market as they can be misused easily in making pornographic videos.
     
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    This might come as very funny but the fact is that things are going down a very dangerous path. I was initially inclined and carried away by kejriwals effect and sound bytes and thought process. Bu the more I see things the more disaapointed and alarmed I am by the direction AAP seems to want the country to move towards.
    Neigbhours encouraged to doubt Neigbhour .....suspicions on All...misuse of the corruption tag to black wash everyone....holier than thou attitudes....arrogance of moral superiority....utter disdain for the existing system no matter how ever inefficient it is..how much longer before things descend into mob and kangaroo courts??
     
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    It is easy to descend from AAP way to KHAP way!
     
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    I see it the other way. Govt officials who were very proud of their corrupt ways earlier, are very cautious now.

    I think the best way to defeat parties like AAP would be to finish corruption and don't give them space.
     
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    It is all about providing right incentives to people and not using draconian measures. Or better have less government.
     
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    But how to finish corruption. The system is old and rickety. There are not enough investments in enforcement and systemic measures. Regulation is stifling. Discretion and differential rules are rampant.

    Even with AAP, its the same. They collect VAT from the poor too but give subsidies/facilities to middle class and richer class. If the AAP thinks that with NGO style volunteerism, they can remove corruption then I am afraid it will take professionalism out of the picture and yet not deliver because nobody not a professional will ever be able to stand upto the challenges faced by India.

    Indian Army understands that. Indian Army too has puddles of corruption but by and large they have a strong sense of professionalism taken up on a volunteer basis. Recruits choose to become professionals in the Indian Army. They are careerists but they are loyal to their career. They can exercise the right not to be corrupt.
     
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    Less Govt is a very right wing demand, which AAP kinda sorta is asking for.
     
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    Lokpal- their flagship idea itself means more government.
    Free water- more govt.
    Cheap electricity- more govt.(eventually private enterprises would give up)

    You are missing a lot of stuff!
     
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    Re: Water and Electricity
    AAP's argument is Water and Electricity prices are inflated because of corruption and industrial-political nexus/mafia. They are relying on ex-DERC's recommendations after an audit.
    AAP had promised upto 50% reduction in electricity and free water to the tune of 700 litres per person per day after a CAG audit.
    However, they ended up forming a minority govt after BJP dared them to form Govt and deliver on their promises. So that subsidy to me is just a political point scoring. I am not buying it, neither should anyone else, neither is it a key agenda item for AAP.

    Re:Lokpal
    As for Lokpal, that law has been passed at the centre with BJP and Congress support. BJP ruled states like Gujarat, UK and Karnataka had already implemented it before AAP's formation afaik.
    It is a good concept in theory, lets see if it works out. An ombudsman to keep a check on Govt.

    Re: De-centralization
    This is a key agenda item of AAP. Basically they want lesser discretionary powers, and lesser power centres. I believe this is a great step in reducing Govt.
     
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    Even the EC wasn't impressed by it.
     
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    Re: Prices- If I am wrong it is the DERC which chooses prices and so the audit has to be done how DERC came at those prices. Checking the account books of electricity companies would not do anything. In the end it might lead to making these utilities public.

    Re: Lokpal- It was the panacea suggested by AAP. It became so big that every other party had to pass the law.

    Re: De-centralization- does not necessarily mean less govt. It means more. For eg. If you need to acquire large plot of land lying between two villages, you would have to get permission not only from owners but also from the village councils. It will increase the difficulty for doing everything.
     
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    Re:prices
    This has been discussed in the past threads. BSES and Tata have been upto lot of tricks. Also the figures for 700 litres pppd were arrived at, after RTI queries to the DJB. In short DJB is either lying or its diverting water to the tanker mafias.

    AAP also suggested more competition in the Electricity sector, and allowing Delhites to chose from a pool of power companies rather different zones of Delhi being saddled with one or the other distributor.

    Re:Lokpal
    Whether you are a right winger or a left winger or politically agnostic, corruption needs to reduce.
    I don't think appointing an ombudsman would severely impact the size of Govt, atleast seeing the gargantuan size of current Indian State.
    Why did BJP-Congress not make CBI independent ? its disappointing.

    Re:Decentralization
    I can also cherry pick examples: if you are a Delhi CM, you don't need to goto LG and Central Govt to get stuff done.
    De-centralization will reduce Govt atleast on paper atleast. You don't have to oppose it just because.
     
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    Promising a 50% reduction even before a CAG audit is done implies that they have their minds made up. Audit is just for show. If the losses are actually proven will AAP increase the electricity rates ergo subsidies? I doubt it because they will not get the budget to do it. OTOH the utilities will simply hand over the discom to govt. like the Reliance handed back the Delhi metro line they had, to DMRC.

    This forming a mind even before investigating is called discretion.
     
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    I am surprised Reliance isn't in the dock for their role in the Airport Express Line, hope fighting corruption shouldn't be the sole duty of AAP.

    Re: Electricity prices, there is a powerful and persuasive case for reduction in electricity prices. Even BJP had promised 30% reduction minus an audit.

    I would recommend that you go through some of the earlier threads/posts here, and maybe visit AAP site or email them for info.

    Please look for @sob sir's posts on the issue too.
     
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    I have been reading DFI for probably 2-4 months. Did not miss those posts. Essentially they are about revenue maximization and reduction in T&D losses. Both of which will require considerable costs (both capital and revenue). Revenue costs will get bumped up and even the capital investments will necessitate a higher depreciation charge. And despite that the consumer rates in Delhi are not particularly higher than in other parts of India.

    Then there are a few other points too. But good night for now. Got to get up early tomorrow.
     
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    Is nobody concerned about security and privacy issues?

    How long till cheap audio bugs or telephone bugs are used for nefarious activities? How long till people start discretely placing keyloggers and other snooping devices to govt/company PC terminals? Imagine such devices in an BARC/DRDO/ISRO terminal!

    How long before instead of filming corrupt govt personnel, the scourge of society starts filming women's cleavages in public transport, and then posting them online? How long till boyfriends start bugging girlfriends and at any sign of infidelity, throws acid at her face?

    China is always there to supply such devices for a few hundred Rs. anyway!

    Someone should put up a PIL to ban all such devices. There should be police permission required to buy and sell such devices, similar to gun license.
     
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    So you mean another govt. control.

    The problem does not lie with the availability of technology but the societal structure. All the above problems you mentioned are solvable through other means:
    BARC/DRDO etc have security check points to take care of above problem. The security can be beefed up. I am sure the number of man-hours needed to do this is much less than that needed for giving licenses and discretionary power to govt officials.
    If throwing acid is a problem, then it has to be checked. I do not know how much it increases the chances of getting caught with infidelity. And not everyone throws acid.
    Cleavages and booties are already filmed with mobiles. So should we now ban mobiles?

    It is the culture of disbelief that needs to be arrested and not the technology.
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Afaik Congress was the first party which introduced Lokpal. Anna popularised Lokpal, and finally got it passed with the help of BJP. It was AAP which hijacked Anna's Lokpal for political ambitions.
     

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