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IIT-Kanpur student from Maharashtra goes missing

Nearly twenty days after a 20-year-old student of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K)who hails from Badlapur went missing, his family and friends have now launched a campaign to gather support to speed up the investigation.Akshay Kamble, a third year student of Computer Science at IIT Kanpur has been missing since November 29 from the campus.On November 29, Akshay last called his family in Badlapur and said that he would take the Pushpak Express the very next day to return home for the vacation. When he did not turn up on November 30, the family tried reaching both his cell numbers but got no response. His father Bhimrao reached Kanpur the same day and found out that while he was not in campus, nobody knew about his whereabouts. He then registered a missing person’s report at the Kalyanpur police station and has been living at the campus since then.Twenty days after the complaint was registered, Akshay’s family and friends are now gathering all possible support to find him as the police are yet to find any major lead in the case. “The only contact that we had was on November 29. After that, a sweeper from his hostel answered one of his cell numbers and said that Akshay had given the phone to him. Although he never spoke directly, we feel that he was being discriminated and called names due to his diction and simple lifestyle in the institute as revealed by some of his friends,” said Aditya Kamble, Akshay’s younger brother.Mahendra Pandagale,an activist from Ulhasnagar who has been running a campaign to find Akshay said, “It is high time that the case of such a bright student missing all of a sudden becomes a priority issue for all politicians and the police. We will knock all doors until he is found.”Officials at the Kalyanpur police station refused to comment on the issue.

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Dalit student refuses to take gold medal from President Ram Nath Kovind

A meritorious dalit student of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), who topped in the MCA program, has refused to take topper’s Gold medal from the President Ram Nath Kovind during the university’s convocation to be held on December 15 in Lucknow.Ramendra Naresh has topped in the Master of Computer Application (MCA) program and has been selected for the topper’s Gold medal. But he has refused to take the Gold medal from the President to lodge his protest against spurt in atrocities on dalits in Uttar Pradesh and across country.After topping the MCA (2013-2016) Ramendra had taken admission in the BBAU in B.Ed in 2017 but was rusticated from the university along with 8 other students in a case involving violent clashes with other students in the campus.“I am pained at dalit students and faculty members being harassed in state and central universities. Being dalits, we are forced to live in with low self-esteem. Dalits in general are still being treated as low cast and are subjected to mental torture and physical assaults across country,” charged he.“I am refusing to accept the Gold medal as a mark of protest against dalit atrocities and show solidarity with our brethren,” said Ramendra.The dalit student said that he will accept the Gold medal only when the President and Prime Minister ensure to check atrocities on dalits and they are treated equally with other castes in the country.Earlier, three dalit students had showed black flags and raised slogans against the Prime Minister Nadrendra Modi when he had visited the university in 2015 in protest against Rohith Vemula suicide case.In view of the past incident, the district administration has tightened security in view of President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit following intelligence input that Dalit students might protest during Prez visit on December 15 to distribute medals to meritorious students in the BBAU Convocation.

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Typewriters to continue clacking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bringing relief to over 3,000 typewriting institutes and several typing enthusiasts in the state, the state government has decided to continue manual typewriting until November 2019.As per the Government Resolution (GR) issued by the school education and sports department on Thursday, the government has allowed typewriting institutes in the state to continue conducting courses in manual typing until November 30, 2019.The process of phasing out the typewriters was set in motion through a GR in 2013.The government later extended the deadline several times, the recent one being up to May 31, 2017.”The government had decided to discontinue manual typewriting in the various commerce institutes to pave way for computer typing. However, some writ petitions were admitted in the High Court opposing the decision. Keeping this in mind, it has been decided to grant an extension to the manual typewriting curriculum up to November 30, 2019. Meanwhile, typewriting institutes would be expected to introduce computer typing to move towards the newer technology. A further decision regarding manual typewriting would be taken after November 2019,” states the GR.Ashok Abhyankar, who runs the Abhyankar Shorthand and Computer Institute at Girgaon’s Prarthana Samaj said that the GR has brought in a good news. “We are not against computerisation. But the state government wants to merely bring in computers without any concrete curriculum in the subject. With this, institutes are compelled to teach the same things on the computer that they do on a typewriter. Unless there are advancements in the infrastructure, proper training and curriculum there is no point in discontinuing manual typing,” added Abhyankar.

Kolkata: Post-mortem report can now be available online in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The long wait to receive post-mortem report from the Kolkata Police has become a thing of the past, as it can now be available online.In its bid to modernise the nearly 160-year-old force, the Kolkata Police is planning to do away with some of its age old practices and one of them is delivery of post-mortem reports in cases of unnatural deaths.”Now people will not have to wait for a long time for post-mortem reports. We will upload the reports on our website for the family members of the deceased,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police told PTI.The e-governance initiative has started this week.About the process, the officer said, first one needs to visit the post-mortem section of the Kolkata Police’s official website – https://pmr.kolkatapolice.org.The applicant needs to provide the post-mortem number with date and a registered mobile number in the website. The applicant will then get an one-time password on his/her mobile phone which needs to be entered in the prescribed space.The applicant will then get instructions on how to download the post-mortem report.However, the manual process of application will also continue simultaneously for some time, the IPS officer said.”This is just one component of the ongoing modernisation programme of the Kolkata Police. It will make our service delivery to people quicker, simpler and more transparent. We have been training personnel in computers throughout the year at all levels to help us serve people in a better way” he said.Around 20 police personnel were recently provided 80 hours of training for 10 days on the basics of computer and networking by National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Kolkata, in the newly set up Computer Lab of our Police Training School, he said.

ISRO is hiring: Here’s how you can apply at isro.gov.in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Engineers and scientists can now apply for positions in mechanical, electronics and computer science at the prestigious Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).You can send in your online application on isro.gov.in by October 5, 2017.Those applying should have a BE/B.Tech or equivalent qualification in first class with an aggregate minimum of 65 per cent marks or CGPA 6.84/10 The candidate has to pay Rs 100 for each application and should be more than 35 years as on October 5, 2017. Those who pass ISRO’s initial screening of academic performance and biodata will be eligible for the written test. The recruitment exam will take place on December 24 at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram.Positions available:Scientist/Engineer in Electronics – 35Scientist/Engineer in Mechanical – 35Scientist/Engineer in Computer Science – 10Make a note:Last date to send application: October 5Last date to submit fees: October 6Call letters for written test: Second or third week of December 2017Check for more details here

Teacher’s Day 2017: From Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi, 11 politicians re-imagined as teachers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s Teacher’s Day and hence we thought of casting our beloved politicians as teachers, based on their acumen and expertise. In any case, politicians are always too keen to give lectures and long speeches, so most would take to teaching like fish to water. English:Who else but Mr Shashi ‘Erudite With Perfect Diction’ Tharoor than to teach the language. It won’t be a farrago of misinterpretation to say that the Congress MP will fit the bill effortlessly. When expanding our vocabulary or getting hounded down by a certain anchor, Tharoor can teach us about ills of British Raj, speaking in a tongue more eloquent than the Queen. Mathematics:The nominees are many. From zero loss Kapil Sibal to Subramanian Awamy courting abstract numbers about scams, the list is long. But the ideal maths teacher has to be Arun Jatiley. If demonetization is a religion, Jaitley is the first follower. He can defend any formula and prove a hypothesis, no matter if the equation holds up or not. Physics:The man who once taught us about escape velocity of Jupiter, and will be speaking about Artificial Intelligence in USA is the natural candidate to be a Physics teacher. Rahul Gandhi knows a thing about disintegrating parties, err atoms, just ask Congress. Geography:You can either learn from books or venture out and see everything first-hand to give your Mann Ki Baat to students. There’s no person better to teach geography than our globe-trotting PM. Expect students to get A+ in map pointing. History:The ideal history teacher is someone who is wise, worldly and seen history unfolding in front of him/her. It’s best if the person was also part of creating history. Veteran LK Advani is the perfect candidate for the job. Whether Jinnah is secular or not, is likely to be a separate chapter. Economics:This man has the pedigree, the required expertise and even got his demonetization maths correct. Manmohan Singh is our ideal Eco teacher, except one hitch. He can’t be trusted to keep his class under control. Unruly students skipping class, while Singh explains how NDA tweaked the GDP calculation method, is likely to be an everyday sight. Chemistry:An engineer by training, Arvind Kejriwal can teach a high-school Chemistry class with ease. He will also get to use his favourite catchphrase Sab Mile Hue hain ji when he talks about chemical equations and compounds. Biology:A trained surgeon, Sambit Patra is our pick for Biology teacher. However, with his penchant for going off topic and repeating the same thing over and over again, finishing the rather tedious Bio syllabus on time remains doubtful. Political ScienceTMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee, a trained lawyer will breeze through Political Science class. By the end of the course, students will be fully briefed about why India is secular, how Centre is violating the spirit of Constitution by giving diktats about issues which are state subjects and all other shorojantro (conspiracy) the big, bad Delhi Empire is hatching. Computer:No other choice, than our Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Surprised? Well you wouldn’t be if u know COMPUTER is anagram for Caring Of My Pet Under Tremendous Effort (And) Responsibility. The man is responsible for handling the Rajya Sabha, so surely, he can take Computer classes easily without breaking a sweat. Expect him to boot the computer class with ease without any debugging issue. Physical Education:This will be a split choice (pun intended) between Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Kiren Rijiju, two people who have given us fitness goals. The boys and girls can pick up some marksmanship skills from Rathore too, which can come handy at times. Baba Ramdev can chip in as the guest lecturer on Guru Purnima.

Schoolgirl strangulated to death in park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A class 12 student was allegedly strangulated to death by a man at a park in north-west Delhi’s Rohini area as he did not approve her talking to her other male friends, the police said today. The incident was reported yesterday. The accused, Sarthak Kapoor (18), was not in favour of the girl talking to her other friends, they said. He used to often visit her school and fight with her friends, too, the police said. The 17-year-old girl was a bright student and had secured 10 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in Class 10. The accused was the victim’s senior at school. He passed out this year, they said. Yesterday, Kapoor picked up the girl from her coaching institute at Rohini’s Sector 17 as he wanted to “talk to her”, the police said. He took her to a lane near a housing society where they had a scuffle over some issue and he strangulated her, they said, adding that the accused panicked and fled the spot. When the girl did not return home, her father called up her friends, but could not trace his daughter. He also tried to reach Kapoor, but he did not respond, the police said. They said that he then reached the accused’s residence and asked him whether he was aware about his the girl’s whereabouts. Kapoor pretended to look for her by asking help from her other friends. However, the police grew suspicious and questioned him about the girl’s whereabouts, they said. Initially, he hesitated, but later confessed to killing the girl, the police claimed, adding that he has been arrested. He also took the police to the spot where he had strangulated her, they said. The victim’s father told the police that Kapoor would often harass the girl, and even though she tried to maintain distance from him, he would keep on approaching her. Kapoor is pursuing Bachelor in Computer Application (BCA) from an institute in Rohini.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

School girl strangulated to death in park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A class XII student was allegedly strangulated to death by her friend at a park in north west Delhi’s Rohini area, police said today. The incident was reported yesterday. The accused, Sarthak Kapoor (18) met the minor girl around 5.30 pm at the park. They had a scuffle and he attacked her, they said. The accused panicked and went to his house, police said. When the girl did not return home, her father approached the accused and his family to know the whereabouts of the girl. Though he hesitated initially, Sarthak later admitted killing the girl, police said, adding he was arrested. The accused was the victim’s senior at school. He was pursuing Bachelor in Computer Application (BCA) from an institute in Rohini, they said. The matter is being probed, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Girl falls to death from 6th storey in front of father

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sixteen-year-old student of a city-based girls’ college who was also an experienced rock climber and a trained instructor, fell from the sixth floor of the college building resulting in her death on Monday morning. The girl was taking part in rock climbing exercises being conducted at the college under supervision of certified trainer who happens to be her father. The victim’s dad saw his daughter slip and fall from the building to her death in a matter of seconds.Sixteen-year-old Aditi Sanghi was a second year student of Bachelor of Computer Application at International College for Girls situated at SFS Mansarovar. “On Monday morning, a rock climbing and mountaineering demonstration was being conducted in the college. The trainer – Sunil Sanghi – was conducting the exercise around 10.30 am. The man had a team of which his daughter – Aditi – was also a part. Although Aditi had already conducted a demonstration, after finishing it she went back on the terrace of the building and stood among the group,” officials investigating the case said.Aditi was waiting in the group while another girl was rappeling down the rope. “While she was waiting, the girl suddenly slipped and fell six stories down the building. She tried to catch hold of the rope but could not hold on to it falling on the ground below. The entire incident was caught on camera and the incident created panic in the college area,” officials said.Meanwhile, the girl’s father was stunned for the next few seconds, while the college administration rushed out. “Aditi was rushed to nearby hospital, however, the girl could not be saved. In his testimony to the police, the man has said that it was an accident. A post-mortem was conducted and the dead body was handed over to the family members,” officials said.HOW IT HAPPENEDWhile Aditi was waiting, she suddenly slipped and fell six storeys down the building. She tried to catch hold of the rope but could not hold on to it falling on the ground below. COLLEGE SAYS…Sunil Sanghi is a trained professional and has been conducting mountaineering demonstrations in various institutes over the years. The incident is a tragic accident & the college stands with family.

Cyber security a priority area for railways: Prabhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ensuring cyber security in day to day operations is one of the priorities for railways which is moving in a big way towards technology driven operations, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said today. Speaking at a conference attendended by senior rail officials, Prabhu said that as part of modernisation and maintenance of railways, the ministry has lauched several initiatives over the past three years like RailCloud Server and Rail Saarthi App and is working on a enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. “We are working on a complete transformation of the railways through investment of huge amounts of money and transformation of each and every aspect of operations to make them better. We are using high-end technology for maintenance and detecting defects in tracks through one application,” said Prabhu “So if we are doing all this and using the cyber space for digital transactions, obviously, the vulnerability of that transaction becomes very critical. “When we do everything manually, the challenge is manual error and if we are shifting from manual to technology oriented operations, then the flaws in technology or someone who can potentially hoodwink it is as high and sometimes even dangerous. So cyber security is one of the top priorities,” the minister added. The meet on ensuring cyber security in Indian Railways, attended by Chairman, Railway Board, A K Mittal and other railway board members and senior officials, saw discussions on cyber threats, security incidents and advanced solutions. Computerisation in railways started about three decades ago and major activities like ticketing, freight operations, train operations and asset management now rely heavily on IT systems. Railways launched RailCloud this month, a virtual server with an inbuilt security system that will enable faster connectivity at a reduced cost. RailCloud technology enables maximising the usage of available server and storage resulting in accommodation of bigger data and more applications within same server space. Till now all IT applications had separate servers which increased the cost of operations and purchases. Cyber Security has now been identified as the focus area by the railways. Auditing of IT Systems by Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) and close coordination with Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) are some of the steps taken by Indian railways.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Suspected data leak: 50 SIM cards found from arrested man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra police, probing the case of alleged leak of customer data from India’s newest telecom entrant – Reliance Jio, have recovered 50 SIM cards from the 35-year-old computer science dropout from Rajasthan, arrested in this connection. The cards were recovered in Rajasthan’s Churu district, from the house of Imran Chippa, a dropout of the Bachelor of Computer Science, a police official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt eases process to seek CRI patents, revised norms out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Now, it will be easy to seek patents for Computer Related Inventions (CRIs) as the ‘novel hardware’ clause is no longer required for such applications as per revised guidelines of the government. The Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks (CGPDTM), under the commerce and industry ministry, came out with revised guidelines on June 30 for examination of CRIs as there were concerns on the general rules released in February last year. “The language of the guidelines issued in February 2016 was somehow giving the understanding that ‘novel hardware’ clause is mandatory to seek patents for CRIs, which was not the case. But the Indian Patent Office has revised those guidelines and clarified that this clause is not mandatory,” a ministry official said. However, it was clearly stated again that a mathematical or business method or a computer programme per se or algorithms cannot be patented. The Section 3(k) of the Indian Patents Act does not allow such patenting. According to the CGPDTM, an expert committee streamlined and modified the February 2016 guidelines after examining the representations and related issues. CRIs comprise inventions that involve use of computers, computer networks or other programmable apparatus. “The aim of this document is to provide guidelines for the examination of patent applications in the field of CRIs… so as to further foster uniformity and consistency in examination of such applications,” the CGPDTM said. It also brings out clarity in terms of exclusions mentioned under the Section 3(k) so that eligible applications of patents relating to CRIs can be examined expeditiously. According to the guidelines, creators of knowledge in the domain of CRIs have consistently endeavoured for appropriate protection of their intellectual property rights (IPRs). The patent regime has to cope with the challenges of processing of patent applications related to CRIs and other related technologies. Major patent offices across the world grapple with the issue of patentability of CRIs. They have developed guidelines or manuals for examination of patent applications from these technologies to achieve uniform practices.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA ropes in govt cyber security arm to check terror funding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has roped in the government’s cyber security arm to analyse various electronic evidences, collected during its recent raids on separatists and businessmen in the Kashmir Valley to check terror funding. Official sources today said that 22 laptops and computers, 100 mobiles and nearly 200 pen drives and memory sticks have been sent to the Computer Emergency Response Team- India (CERT-IN) for creating a mirror copy or backup files. The CERT-IN will also provide other technical details related to the data in the devices sent to it, they said. The central probe agency has asked CERT-IN to look for deleted material in the electronic gadgets seized during the raids, the sources said. The NIA will intensify its investigation after receiving the report from the cyber organisation, they said. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had conducted raids on Saturday and Sunday at the residences of separatists and businessmen in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu, Delhi and Haryana’s Sonepat and Gurgaon. Among those searched by the NIA included Nayeem Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Fantoosh (son-in-law of hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani) and businessman Zahoor Watali besides others. The raids were part of effort’s of the NIA to clamp down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the Valley. They recovered unaccounted account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups including Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). The investigation sought to probe the entire chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities, including those who threw stones at security forces, burned down schools and damaged government establishments. Bank accounts and lockers revealed during the probe had been frozen. Besides electronic gadgets, phone diaries and documents such as ‘katchcha’ (informal) receipts and vouchers had been seized from alleged hawala operators, financiers and office bearers of separatist groups. While no separatist leader from the Valley has been named in the FIR registered by the NIA, organisations like the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq), HM, Dukhtaran-e-Milat and LeT besides Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul Dawah Hafeez Saeed have been mentioned. During the searches, a few thousand Pakistani rupees and currencies belonging to the UAE and Saudi Arabia as well letter heads of the LeT and the HM were seized by the NIA. The NIA has alleged that since the cross-LoC trade, at Uri in Kashmir and Chakan-da-bad in Jammu, was based on a barter system, some businessmen “under- or over-invoiced” their bills, and the difference in payment was later used for promoting subversive activities in the valley. This is for the first time since the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the early 1990s that a central probe agency carried out raids in connection with terror funding to separatists. In 2002, the Income Tax department had executed searches against some separatist leaders, including Geelani, and seized cash and documents. However, no criminal case was registered then. The NIA raids were carried out following the questioning of three separatist leaders — Nayeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in the national capital last month. The sleuths believe the separatists were receiving funds from LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

17-year-old with cerebral palsy takes exam with pen in his mouth, scores mind-boggling 88%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tuhin Dey has always been a class topper. He showed it once again by scoring 88% in his CBSE Class X examinations. He hopes one day to be part of IIT Kharagpur one day.What sets the 17-year-old apart, however, is that he forges ahead in chasing his dreams despite being confined to a wheelchair, unable to move, write with a pen or type on a computer.Hailing from Medinipur in West Bengal, Tuhin was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a disorder that affects the joints and limits flexibility.But for the teen, who has undergone at least 20 surgeries, the condition was an obstacle like any other to be overcome.As extraordinary as it may seem, Tuhin taught himself to fix a pen between his jaws and now writes as efficiently as any other student in his class. When on the computer, he uses his lips to operate the keyboard.”I have been operating a computer for last seven years and I am now going to master programming in C, C++, Java, and HTML languages,” a proud Tuhin says.What is exceptional is that he has so far refrained from availing any additional facility granted to differently-abled students while taking exams.Like his classmates, he has chosen to write his answers on his own. “I can appoint a writer for myself but I dont,” he says.Tuhin studied at the Central School in the IIT-Kharagpur campus till class 9, after which his family moved here.The astronomy lover has enrolled in a private coaching institute here to crack the IIT entrance examination, a stepping stone for his dream of becoming the “next Stephen Hawking”.After pursuing B Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur, he wishes to go to Oxford University for research.Tuhin was awarded the Best Creative Child Award (2012) and Exceptional Achievement Award (2013) by Government of India. The awards were conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee. He has also received several accolades from the government of West Bengal and is a scholar of the National Council of Educational Research and Training.Meanwhile, his parents have left no stone unturned for their sons treatment.”He has undergone at least 20 surgeries in various hospitals of Kolkata and other cities,” says his father Sameran Dey who is a property dealer.

WannaCry didn’t leave an impact on India, says IT Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid reports from various states of computers getting attacked by crypto ransomware ‘WannaCry’, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sought to allay fears saying “isolated incidents in Andhra and Kerala have taken place, but there has been no impact on National Informatics Centre (NIC) Systems”.”There is no major impact in India unlike other countries. We are keeping a close watch. As per the information received so far, there have been isolated incidents in limited areas in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh… The systems run by the NIC were secured and running smoothly,” Prasad said.”Software patch has been installed in systems to counter ransomeware, system up-gradation to be finished by June,” Prasad added.Bracing up for the threat, the government is on high alert, monitoring critical networks across sectors like banking, telecom, power and aviation to ensure that systems are protected of possible cyber attack by ransomware ‘WannaCry’ and country’s vital networks do not get disrupted.India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has laid down steps for users and organisations on safeguarding their computers from the attack.The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in a statement said it has activated a “preparedness and response mechanism” by instructing CERT-In to gather information on this attack.’WannaCry’ has disrupted networks in over 150 countries, including Russia and the UK, and is being termed as one of the most widespread cyber attacks in the history. The ransomware, which locks crucial files and data unless the user pays a ransom of $300 Bitcoin, has affected over two lakh systems globally.RANSOMWAREWannaCry’ cyberattack has disrupted networks in over 150 countries and affected over two lakh systems globally
The ransomware locks crucial files and data unless the user pays a ransom of $300 Bitcoin.

Ransomware attack: Maharashtra police dept partially hit, ‘critical alert’ issued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The country’s cyber security agency has alerted Internet users against damaging activities of a strong and globally active ransomware virus- ‘Wannacry’- that critically infects work stations and locks them remotely.In the evening, the Maharashtra Police department said it was partially hit by the ransomware.”Cyber experts have been engaged to fix the systems,” a senior police officer said. The red-coloured ‘critical alert’ was issued by the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security- related defences of the Indian Internet domain.”It has been reported that a new ransomware named as Wannacry is spreading widely. Wannacry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by using a vulnerability in implementations of server message block (SMB) in Windows systems. “This exploit is named as ETERNALBLUE,” an advisory issued by the CERT-In, accessed by PTI, said.It said the ransomware called ‘WannaCry’ or ‘WannaCrypt’ encrypts the computer’s hard disk drive and then spreads laterally between computers on the same local area network (LAN). “The ransomware also spreads through malicious attachments to emails,” it said. A huge extortion cyber attack had hit dozens of nations yesterday, holding computer data for ransom at hospitals, telecommunications firms and other companies. Following the alert, the Gujarat government began equipping its state computer systems with anti-virus softwares and upgrading its Microsoft operating systems.Also Read: Cyber attack hits 200,000 in at least 150 countries: EuropolComputers linked to the Gujarat State Wide Area Network (GSWAN), one of country’s largest IP-based IT infrastructure connecting taluka-level government offices to the state capital with around 45,000 computers, are being monitored closely, said Science and Technology Department Secretary Dhananjay Dwivedi. A cyber ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid through the online medium.The cyber sleuths agency advised users to apply patches to their Windows systems in order to prevent its infection and spread. The ransomware virus is such lethal and smart that “it also drops a file named ‘!Please Read Me!.txt’ which contains the text explaining what has happened (to the computer) and how to pay the ransom.” ‘WannaCry’ encrypts files with the following extensions, appending .WCRY to the end of the file name like .lay6, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .accdb, .java and .docx among others.The CERT-In has suggested some anti-ransonware measures: Check regularly for the integrity of the information stored in the databases, regularly check the contents of backup files of databases for any unauthorised encrypted contents of data records, do not open attachments in unsolicited emails even if they come from people in your contact list and never click on a URL contained in an unsolicited email, even if the link seems benign.”In cases of genuine (universal resource locators) URLs, close out the email and go to the organisation’s website directly through browser,” it said. The most important advisory by the CERT-In stated “individuals or organisations are not encouraged to pay the ransom as this does not guarantee files will be released. “Report such instances of fraud to CERT-In and law enforcement agencies,” it said.

Police outposts in coastal areas having larger tourist flow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today suggested that beach police outposts be set up in neighbouring Tamil Nadu village of Bommayarpalayam and in coastal limits of Auroville as they attract a large number of tourists. “These areas should be secure for the tourists and both the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry governments should have police outposts in the Tamilnadu village and the Auroville beach`, she said. Bedi,who was returning to Puducherry on her bicycle after visiting a Home for Children in Kalapet village, some 13 km from here, also observed in a release that the booths should work in tandem with the coastal community ‘to strengthen the security for the tourists in the village’. Officers of Raj Nivas and police personnel accompanied her during her weekend visit to Kalapet and other pockets. The release said later that during her visit to the home for children she suggested that the management train the kids on all skills instead of orienting them to limited syllabus. The Home should have links for skill development to become proficient in DTP, Animation and Software Codes so that the children could emerge as designers and proficient software professionals in the future. Bedi also advised the management to create Computer Lab and adopt the portal of `SWAYAM` recently launched by the HRD Ministry offering 350 online courses. She made a surprise visit to the station at Muthialpet on her way back here and appreciated the functioning of police personnel together with associations of merchants, traders, students and fishermen community for maintenance of peace.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNU students strike over massive seat cuts in Phd, MPhil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU students who have been agitating for the last three months against the new admission policy at the varsity went on a day-long strike to protest the massive seat cuts in MPhil and PhD courses on WednesdayThe varsity released its prospectus yesterday suggesting seat cuts in the MPhil/PhD programmes across different courses in line with the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.Last week, the Delhi High Court had dismissed the plea by some students challenging the JNU admission policy for MPhil and PhD courses saying the UGC guidelines for these courses are binding on all varsities, paving the way for the university to begin its admission process.”The Vice Chancellor had claimed that there will be wider consultations and there will be no seat cuts to deny opportunities to students from marginalised community but they have revealed their intentions in the prospectus itself,” JNU Student Union President Mohit Pandey said. “The strike observed today was day-long but we will decide our future course of action soon,” he added.According to the new admission policy, deprivation points are also being applied only to BA and MA courses this year and not research courses.Several schools, including the School of Computer and Systems Sciences, School of Computational and Integrative Sciences, and School of Biotechnology have announced zero intake.In the School of Social Sciences, all 13 centres had announced intake last year, but this year only two centres can admit students. Of these, the Centre for Study of Regional Development has provision for only one intake.The application process for the different courses in the university began yesterday and will conclude on April 5.The admissions to the courses in JNU are held through entrance examination and interview with 80% weightage is for entrance exam and 20% for viva.Earlier the university had decided to make the entrance as qualifying and give 100% weightage to viva. But following protests from students the 80:20 formula was arrived at.

HP Board cancels Class XII physics, computer science papers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) has cancelled Physics and Computer science paper of Class 12 following theft of question papers from a centre. Some question papers and answer sheets were allegedly stolen from the examination centre at Government Senior Secondary School, Nichar in Kinnaur district, raising apprehension that the papers might have been leaked. The matter came to notice of HPBOSE when the principal of the school informed about the theft. Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Naresh Kumar has placed the principal of the said school, Centre Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Chowkidar under suspension and an FIR has also been registered at Bhaba Nagar police station in the matter. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also made a suo moto statement in the state Assembly on the theft of the question papers, He told the House that the double lock of the cupboard in the school was found broken and 60 papers of each subject and some answer sheets were found missing. The examination of the two subjects has been cancelled in all 1,846 centers and a departmental enquiry has also been ordered. The Director, Higher Education would conduct the enquiry and action would be taken against those found guilty, the Chief Minister said. The Physics paper was scheduled for today while the Computer science paper was to be held on March 21. The fresh dates for the examination would be announced soon, a spokesman of the board said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DMRC chief issues directions to address few recurring issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recent spate of snags in the Delhi Metro has prompted its chief Mangu Singh to issue a series of directions to address a few recurring issues. Singh has reviewed the operational issues of the over 200-km-long network and identified the trouble spots, mainly pertaining to signalling and power supply, a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said today. Automatic Train Control (ATC) cards, which is a speed control mechanism on board trains, and Train Interface Computer (TIC) cards, failures of which have been a major cause of service disruption, are being replaced. “The module failing the (ATC) card has been identified and spare modules are being procured. The module will be replaced on all cards as a preventive measure. TIC cards will be replaced in the next six months,” metro chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal said. Singh has also focused on Track Circuits which are electrical devices used to detect the absence of a train on tracks and inform signallers, another trouble area, especially on the Dwarka-Vaisahli/Noida City Centre corridor or Blue Line. Copper cables of the system have been replaced with that of steel to prevent theft in certain areas of the network while Relay Boards, that open or close an electrical circuit, are being replaced in many stations. “Axle Counters, which can detect the entry and exit of trains from a certain location and can certify whether the section is clear for a second train or not, are likely to be installed at all originating points on Blue Line to minimise disturbances,” he said. A senior DMRC functionary had recently said much of the Blue Line’s woes can be attributed to its old signalling system which, when installed, was not supposed to take the load it currently does. Due to the ‘fail safe’ nature of the network, the metro system slows down or stops only to ensure the safety of the passengers on board thereby resulting in delay of services, Dayal said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sadhus withdraw stir against MP bill on CM’s ‘assurance’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seers and temple priests today withdrew their protest against a proposed bill by the state government, which they claim seeks to take control of land of temples and hand over their management to district collectors, on an assurance given by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The agitators claimed the proposed legislation was aimed at handing over the management of temples to district collectors. “Chief Minister had sent his officials to meet us. Chouhan also talked to us over phone and assured that state government would sympathetically consider our demands and any decision would be taken only after mutual agreement. So, we decided to withdraw our agitation,” said Computer Baba, one of the religious leaders. He said Chouhan would meet the representatives of ‘Sadhu Samaj’ tomorrow to discuss their demands. “We will discuss the issue of the proposed bill besides other demands during our meeting with the CM,” he said. The sadhus and temple priests from various parts of the state were protesting outside a temple at Kamla Park here and even started a ‘havan’ (fire ritual) on road. They had earlier threatened to leave for Uttar Pradesh to campaign against the BJP in the ongoing phases of Assembly elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Saadhus agitate against `ordinance’ to take over temples

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Religious leaders from various parts of Madhya Pradesh today parked themselves outside Kamla Park here and started a `havan’, saying it was a protest against an ordinance to take control of temples which they claimed the state government was going to bring soon. “We have learnt that government is brining an ordinance to acquire the land of temples whereupon district collectors will run the show at the temples,” said `Computer Baba’, one of the religious leaders present. “We can’t accept it. We will sit here till tomorrow. The saadhus need assurance from the BJP government in the state or they will be left with no option but to leave for Uttar Pradesh where they will campaign against the party (in the ongoing elections),” he warned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Carrying forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s mission of a ?Digital India?, the district administration in Karnataka has started e-office from January 2 in Kalaburagi district. District Collector Ujjawal Kumar Ghose announced that the district administration would now be working in e-office software. After starting e-office, the people will get assistance in collecting all details from the office. In addition, this initiative will also help reduce corruption. The district administration has started the transfer of old files into e-office and the administration office will be paperless within six months. Ghose, who has studied Computer Science and worked with Google earlier before joining the prestigious IAS service, interacted with the staff and gave them training before starting e-office. He said the purpose of e-office is transparent administration, file tracking besides keeping records in order and providing RTI inquires easily. The District Collector can supervise and monitor the situation while sitting in his chamber and can see the pendency of the file. Besides bringing in accountability and reducing indecisiveness, e-office will also help the authorities in quickly accessing the status of documents and files even when the concerned person is on leave.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Professor in HC for acceptance of resignation by IIT Kharagpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court has sought responses of the Centre, CVC and IIT Kharagpur on a plea by one its professors who had highlighted discrepancies in the Joint Entrance Examination system, that the institute be directed to accept his resignation as he has been offered a teaching position at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to the Centre, Central Vigilance Commission and the institute, seeking their replies by February 7 on the application of professor Rajeev Kumar, who also claims to be a whistleblower and RTI activist. The application was filed by Kumar, who has been praised by Supreme Court for improving the Joint Entrance Examination system, in his 2012 petition in which he had alleged inaction by the government in protecting him from victimisation as per the Whistleblower Gazette Resolution 2004. He has claimed that IIT Kharagpur did not accept his resignation as his petition was still pending in court which had on March 21, 2013 put on hold the institute’s decision to impose a penalty of compulsory retirement on him. In the application filed through advocate Pranav Sachdeva, Kumar has said he had moved a plea before the President of India, who is the Visitor of IIT Kharagpur, claiming that the disciplinary inquiry against him was biased. The petition is pending before the President. Kumar has alleged in his plea that he had sought a teaching position in JNU to prevent “continued victimisation”. “This petitioner has been repeatedly victimised by IIT officials’ arbitrary, unreasonable and vindictive decisions. First, IIT made the petitioner academically dysfunctional for almost two years. Then, IIT crippled the petitioner in most of his professional tasks by conducting disciplinary proceedings by complete denial of natural justice,” he alleged. He has said that IIT had given him a no-objection certificate to take up teaching with JNU on lien for a period of two years from June 2015, on his giving an undertaking that he would resign from IIT if he gets outside employment before expiry of the lien period. His application also claims that he was relieved by IIT on June 11, 2015 and therefore, acceptance of his resignation was only a technical formality. It also claims that JNU by a letter of May 2016 had confirmed his employment in the varsity’s School of Computer and Systems Sciences.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Class 10 Exam: UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad releases timetable, starts on March 16

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has released the revised time table for Class 10 (Higher Secondary) Board examination 2017. The exam has been rescheduled due to the upcoming Assembly elections. The exam will start on March 16 and will continue till April 1. 34.4 lakh students will be giving the exam. Here is the time table: March 16 Hindi / Preliminary HindiMarch 17 Music – instrumentalMarch 18 CommerceMarch 20 Mathematics / Preliminary Mathematics / Home Science – only for girlsMarch 21 Music – vocalMarch 22 ComputerMarch 23 ScienceMarch 24 Ranjan ArtsMarch 25 Gujarati / Urdu / Punjabi / Bengali / Marathi / Assemese / Oriya / Kannada / Kashmiri / Sindhi / Tamil / Telugu / Malyalam / NepaliMarch 27 EnglishMarch 28 PhysiologyMarch 29 Home Science – only for students who opted for optional subjectMarch 30 Social ScienceMarch 31 Sanskrit / Pali / Arabic / FarsiApril 01 DrawingBest of luck for the candidates.

Crazy Sumit: Girls consented to being kissed on video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is now a twist in the ‘Crazy Sumit’ video case. Earlier, the video, uploaded on social media, showed a youth forcibly kissing women in Connaught Place as a prank. The video was uploaded by two youths in a bid to get hits on social media. Police detained the youths on Friday in Delhi but later allowed them to go after the boys made a startling revelation.They claimed the women — being shown forcibly kissed — were actually their friends and had consented to being kissed. The boys said they had promised them a share of the money they would make from the hits generated on YouTube.Sumit Kumar Singh, 20, and Satyajeet Kadian, 25, students of Bachelor of Computer Application of a private college in Gurugram, said that not only were they innocent, but there was nothing wrong in what they had done. “There is no illegality in the act, as in movies also, there are kissing scenes,” Kadian told DNA.Earlier, Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Yadav Sumit was picked up from his residence in Gurugram after a raid.”A laptop, video camera, wireless mikes and a trophy given by YouTube to ‘The Crazy Sumit’, congratulating him for surpassing 1,00,000 subscribers were also found at his house. Kadian was also detained from the same area,” said Yadav.Yadav blamed Google and YouTube for encouraging such “obscene activities.” The police said that they will investigate the roles of Google, its video-sharing site, and an event management company to assess their criminal liability in the making of this video that was first shared from a YouTube Channel in the name ‘Crazy Sumit’.The police stopped short of arresting the duo after they claimed that the women were their friends. A senior officer said his team will get in touch with the girls to verify the claim.If the boys’ claims are true, the police may not be able to press charges of molestation and can only possibly book them under Section 67 of the IT Act that pertains to transmitting obscene material in electronic form.Earlier, a case under IT Act and molestation was registered by the Cyber Crime Cell.As to how the boys earned the money, Yadav said: “YouTube paid Rs 700 for every 1,000 hits their video received,” said Yadav. He added that he had received this information after questioning Sumit.”The trend is to shoot obscene videos to get more hits and thereby more money. YouTube and Google also give them incentives like recognition and certificates in parties organised by them. They are also hired by manufactures of games and apps to advertise for them,” said the officer.Yadav gave a recent example of an event management company, which had allegedly thrown a party at a restaurant in Connaught Place to felicitate those whose videos had earned the most hits on Youtube.”YouTube has been organising various parties and day seminars to encourage such activities by pranksters. These type of parties are being hosted by a company named Menaki Communication based in Gurugram and Mumbai on behalf of YouTube and Google,” he said.

Check: Revised time table for ICSE, ISC examination 2017 released

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Council For Indian School Certificate Examinations that conducts ICSE and ISC exams has announced the revised examination dates. ICSE Class X exams will be held from March 10 to April 21, while Class 12 exams will be conducted from Jan 30 to April 26. The ICSE (X) and ISC (XII) exams which were announced in December were rescheduled as some of the papers were coinciding with assembly election dates in Uttar Pradesh.Earlier, the examinations were to begin on February 6, and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education exams that were to start from February 27.In the previous time table, Art paper 1 for Class X (ICSE) was scheduled for February 11, the same date when first phase of polling has been scheduled. Similarly, Computer science paper -2 was scheduled on February 15, the same date as phase 2 of polling.There is a large number of schools affiliated to CISCE in Uttar Pradesh. Currently there are 312 schools under the board in the poll-bound state.A few days back, CBSE also announced its date-sheet after Election Commission announced election schedule.

Demonetization: Rs 7.64 lakh in Rs 2,000 fake notes seized in Kanpur, three arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons were on Wednesday arrested with counterfeit Rs 2,000 notes having a face value of Rs 7.64 lakh from Pukharian area in Kanpur Dehat district, police said.After a tip-off, the police raided the house of Samrendra Sachan and seized fake notes in huge numbers along with a high quality printer and a scanner. Paswan was arrested on the spot, SP Prabhakar Chowdhary said.The remaining two accused, Prasoon Sachan and Ashish Gupta, were arrested after Samrendra gave their location during an interrogation, he said, adding fake notes with face-value Rs 7.64 was recovered from them.”The accused said that they have circulated fake Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes having face value Rs 80 lakh in Kanpur and its surrounding areas. They used to exchange people’s demonetized notes with fake ones,” the SP claimed. Even though the seized notes look similar to the real ones, the paper is thinner and the RBI mark is missing on the notes, he said.The accused were all graduates and one of them was a MSc in Computer studies, Chowdhary said, adding the police has lodged a manhunt to nab other members of the gang.A case has been lodged under relevant sections of the IPC and the matter is being probed, the SP said.

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