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Nisaptham Trust - Address and PAN for 80G

Today (July 31st) is the last day for filing income tax returns. Donations to charity and political parties are exempted for tax under Indian income tax clause 80G.

When it comes to donations, World Vision India used to be my choice because of their professionalism and prompt communications.

Of late, having heavily impressed by Nisaptham Blogger's writings about his charity work, I thought of sending meager amount to his charity Nisaptham Trust. Unfortunately, when I sent that in March, it was not a pleasant experience. I had to randomly follow him through email and WhatsApp to get PAN of Nisaptham Trust; he shared that PAN details after 3-months.

When I try filing returns yesterday, it was another shock; apart from PAN, I also need to furnish the charity address. I quickly searched through Google and there were no results about the address; I can only find its bank account details. Google's autocomplete suggestions hinted the possibility of such queries by others though. One …

Vodafone India privacy problem: exposes phone numbers

Vodafone India is exposing website surfer/user's phone number to the partner website when using mobile data plan. It might be offering hidden API to those partner websites to uniquely identify users. I have noticed it around 1-year before, thought about blogging, but forgot it at that time. Now, I have got some time and so thought of explaining the issue. How I noticed the issue? Sometime ago, I've bought SanDisk microSD card. In the wrapper, they've mentioned about some offer about hungama (Still available in SanDisk website at www.sandisk.in/campaign/landing/hungama/offer_three). The URL mentioned was offers.hungama.com/sandisk3/ and when I opened that in my mobile browser, it was prompting with Welcome, 91-98XXXXXXXX.

I was shocked as I never seen anything like that before. So, I immediately opened the same URL in my desktop browser and got completely different page:

And, again I tried to open the same page in mobile browser with Wi-Fi alone (by disabling Mobile Data)…