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Cyber attacks originate in Pak, China, says Alphons Kannanthanam

The government on Wednesday said there have been attempts from time to time to penetrate systems/devices of cyber networks operating in government and its personnel.”These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyberspace of a number of countries including China and Pakistan,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT Alphons Kannanthanam said in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.According to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), 44,679, 49,455, 50,362, and 40,054 cyber security incidents were observed during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (till November), respectively.The types of cyber security incidents include phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware, denial of service attack etc.CERT-In issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and counter measures to protect computers on regular basis.The minister said five drills have so far been conducted by CERT-In to assess cyber security preparedness of organisations. About 148 organisations from different states and sectors such as finance, defence, power, telecom, energy, IT/ITeS, etc participated in these drills.

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EC pulls back Rahul Gandhi’s notice, to set up panel

Following a massive controversy over the Election Commission’s (EC) action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi over a TV interview, the poll body on Sunday sought to set up a committee to recommend modifications in Section 126 of the Representation of People Act (RPA), 1951. The section prohibits public meetings and campaigning 48 hours prior to the commencement of voting.In separate orders, the Commission withdrew its showcause notice against Rahul but rejected the Congress complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.A controversy had broken out last week, when the EC issued a showcause notice to Rahul, after TV channels in Gujarat aired his interview a day ahead of polling. The EC called it violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). An angry Congress then charged the Commission for not acting against PM Modi, who had allegedly conducted a roadshow with BJP flags in Ahmedabad on the polling day.The Congress lambasted the EC as a “kathputli (puppet)” and “bandhak (hostage)” of the ruling BJP and the PM’s office.In two subsequent orders, the Commission, while informing the Congress that it was withdrawing the showcase notice against Rahul and advised the BJP not to make any election matter pertaining toarea going to polls during the prohibited period of 48 hours, henceforth. The EC further stated that due to the expansion of digital and electronic media, the particular act and other provisions required revisiting the Act to cater to present challenges.On the Congress complaint against the BJP releasing its manifesto, the Commission said there was no time limit prescribed in the Act for releasing poll document and no instruction of the poll panel were required in this regard. But it advised both parties to not violate the MCC by engaging in any poll-related activity during the 48-hour period before polling.To address such controversies in the future, the EC directed the government to constitute a committee, with representation from the EC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and representatives of National Broadcasters Associations (NBA) and Press Council of India (PCI), to examine Section 126 in the prevailing context of communication technologies.The EC order further said the committee will also suggest required changes so that the matter can be taken up with all stakeholders, including political parties and media houses, for their views and to recommend appropriate modification in law.The section says no person shall convene, hold, attend, join, or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election; or display to the public any election matter by means of cinematography, television, or other similar apparatus; or propagate any election matter to the public by holding, or by arranging the holding of, any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attract the members of the public.The provision says any such act will invite imprisonment for a term that may extend to two years or with fine, or with both.The Commission further said that “the increasing changes in the technology of communication makes it necessary that the administration and preferably the Law Commission should have another look at the Section and clarify its limits”.The EC order also mentioned past elections, such as in Bihar, where it received a flood of similar complaints. It opined that Section 126, at present, does not take into account such a communication revolution, whereas it appears imperative to revisit the provisions to appropriately address these challenges.

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India to offer technical expertise to 3 countries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian government will closely collaborate with three countries — Iran, Denmark and Mauritius, on cyber issues.A joint working group has been set up with Iran for collaboration in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), while a MoU with Denmark has been signed for future cooperation in IT related areas.Mauritius has shown interest in India’s service of Digital Locker. A joint working group already exists with Mauritius. Now, the Indian government will offer technical support and advisory services to Mauritius for setting up of Digital Locker services, Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary , Ministry of Electronics and IT said on the sidelines of GCCS 2017.DigiLocker, is a key initiative under Digital India, aimed at transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. DigiLocker ties into Digital India’s visions areas of providing citizens a shareable private space on a public cloud and making all documents/certificates available on this cloud.DigiLocker, a platform for issuance and verification of documents and certificates in a digital way, eliminating the use of physical documents. Indian citizens who sign up for a DigiLocker account get a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked to their Aadhaar (UIDAI) number. The service is aimed at the idea of paperless governance.Organizations that are registered with Digital Locker can push electronic copies of documents and certificates (e.g. driving license, Voter ID, School certificates) directly into citizen’s lockers. Citizens can also upload scanned copies of their legacy documents in their accounts. These legacy documents can be electronically signed using the eSign facility, according to the ministry.Recently, the government allowed people to carry driving license in their Digital Locker, which will be recognised by traffic department.Digital Locker provides access to driving license, vehicle registration certificate, Aadhaar, CBSE and other educational certificates. Till now, 8.87 million users are registered with Digital Locker and 12.14 million documents have uploaded on it.Digital Locker was launched two years ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the Digital India drive. The idea was facilitate access to documents anytime and anywhere, doing away with a need of carrying physical documents.

Right to Net is not negotiable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian government will ensure that every citizen has a right to access the Internet but is also determined to keep radical elements and terrorists from abusing social media platforms to perpetuate hate and terror, Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.”Without going into the larger nuisance of net neutrality, in India, we have taken a new position that the right of access is important and is not negotiable,” he said at the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) here attended by delegates from 131 countries.Prasad said that the government has turned down social networking giant Facebook’s Free Basics programme because it offered access to select Internet services.”When I was handling the communications department, my friend Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met me a number of times with the idea of Free Basics… Free Basics is that everything will be free if you enter through my (Facebook’s) gate… India is a democracy, we don’t believe in one gate,” he said.The minister said that the government will not allow any company to restrict citizens’ entry to the worldwide web. “We believe in multiple gates. Therefore, this gate locking for India will not be accepted and I did not allow it. This stems from our commitment that the Internet must be accessible to all.””Being a democratic country, India upholds privacy and is governed by the rule of law and constitution. But privacy cannot prohibit innovation,” he said.Prasad’s comments come amidst a debate over net neutrality in India. Telecom regulator TRAI is yet to announce its recommendations on this issue and a consultation process is still on. It has, however, banned Bharti Airtel’s Airtel Zero and Facebook’s Free Basics that would have offered free access to some sites available on their platforms.The minister said, “Most importantly, privacy cannot be the shield of the corrupt, terrorist and the extremists. Radical elements and terrorists are abusing social media platforms to perpetuate hate and terror but India is determined to address the misuse of cyber space and thwart them.”However, there is a need to strike a balance in data availability, data utility, data innovation, data anonymity and data privacy, he said.”Our view is — any digital initiative should bring digital inclusion, bridging the digital divide, and most importantly, it should be powered by tech which should be affordable, developmental and inclusive. That is where our (the government’s) responsibility also becomes very important. Abusing this platform for child pornography is again a serious issue,” he said.”What is the digital profile of India? 1.30 billion people, 1.21 billion mobile phones, 1.18 billion Aadhaar numbers — a digitally verifiable identity, completely safe and secure law.”He also talked about broadband project BharatNet and said, “We are laying down optical fibre in 2.5 lakh panchayats. One lakh has been covered. A big model of inclusion is common services centres.”India has been advocating for a multi-stake holder approach for Internet governance so that not only the governments but also other stake holders become an active participant in managing one of the greatest innovations of mankind, the minister said.

Aadhaar is not a secret number, data is safe and secure, there has been no data leak: UIDAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said today that Aadhaar data is completely safe and secure. Aadhaar number, it said, is not a secret number and it is to be shared with authorised agencies if one wishes to avail a certain service or benefit of government welfare schemes or other services.”Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI,” the authority said in response to a report based on RTI that 210 government website made Aadhaar information public .”There was no breach or leakage of Aadhaar data from UIDAI database or server…,” it said in a statement.The UIDAI had said in the RTI reply that it “found that approximately 210 websites of central government, state government departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details and Aadhaar numbers for information of general public”.UIDAI said the data which was placed in the public domain as a measure of proactive disclosure under the RTI Act by the government and institutional websites included beneficiaries name, address, bank account and other details including Aadhaar number. It was collected from the third party and users for various welfare schemes.The authority said it acted promptly on the report, and both the UIDAI and Ministry of Electronics and IT directed the government departments and the ministries concerned to immediately remove the data from their websites and ensure that such violation does not occur in the future.”Certain other measures were also taken at various levels to ensure that such incidents of display of Aadhaar numbers do not take place. Following UIDAI’s action such data were removed from these websites immediately,” the statement said.It added that Aadhaar numbers which were made public on the said websites do not pose any real threat to the people as biometric information is never shared and is fully secure with highest level of software security codes encryption at UIDAI. “…mere display of demographic information cannot be misused without biometrics,” the statement said. UIDAI said that any Aadhaar linked transaction is processed after a successful authentication of fingerprint or iris of individual. “Further all authentications happen in presence of personnel of respective service provider which further add to the security of the system,”

Gang supplying drugs online in exchange of bitcoin busted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have stumbled upon an internet network supplying contraband drugs to youths and parties in the Capital and NCR. Senior officer said the entire syndicate works online and the payments are done in the form of Bitcoins. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has been asked by the police to ensure such transactions are stopped.Police have arrested two men with drugs purchased online. They were circulating drugs including LSD, MDMA, MDA, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, and amphetamine, largely to rave parties.The syndicate came under the police radar after information was received by the Crime Branch’s Narcotics cell that such a gang was involved in supply of party drugs. On October 29, following a tip-off about a person named Kamal Kalra, a resident of Rohini, a raid was conducted and he was arrested with 100 pills of Ecstasy (MDMA), a psychotropic substance. The entire operation was conducted under the supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Alok Kumar.During interrogation, Kalra disclosed that he had procured the contraband from a person he contacted through phone. “Kalra said the man used to call him using different identity each time. The suspect’s mobile phone call details were then analysed and the police team zeroed in on one Mahesh Goyal, a resident of Dwarka. He was identified as the supplier of drugs and on Kalra’s instance, Goyal was arrested with 20 gm of raw MDMA,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP, Crime, adding that the commercial quantity of Ecstasy/MDMA is 10 g, as per the NDPS Act.Goyal disclosed that it was during a party in Chennai that he found out that such drugs could be obtained online. “Interrogation revealed there are sites on Deep Net where these drugs are available. Further, the payments are being received in the form of ‘Bitcoins’ – a worldwide currency system. One Bitcoin equals more than Rs 4.7 lakh. On payment of Indian rupees, the equivalent amount of ‘Bitcoin’ is provided to the Deep Net market places. The matter has been taken up with the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to ensure that such transactions are stopped,” Deo said.HOW THE SYNDICATE WORKS:On ‘Deep Net’ or hidden web, there are sites where drugs are available.
In order to access these websites, one needs a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
VPN can be used through software on a computer or mobile phone to encrypt all of the internet traffic.
It will also hide the information if one is using a ‘Tor browser’ to access the dark web.
To access the Deep Web, an encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients, one needs a Tor browser.
A Tor or The Onion Router is a software that enables one to browse the internet anonymously.
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CM Yogi Adityanath launches e-office in 22 govt depts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To bring greater accountability and transparency to the administration and put an end to the prevalent ‘babu and suvidha shulk culture’, the UP state government on Friday launched e-Office in 22 of 95 departments.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated an e-Office at a function held at Tilak Hall in the State Secretariat. Converting the 22 departments to e-Offices is expected cost Rs 57 crore.Adityanath called it a historic day in the history of the state, saying the move would usher in a new work culture.”The e-Office system will not only bring transparency and accountability in administration but also secure important government data in digital form. From today, these departments will go paper-less,” he said.Under the e-Office system, software will automatically generate a file which cannot be held at any desk for more than three days, and those delaying a file beyond that will have to furnish an explanation. One of the aims of such a system is also to end the so-called suvidha shulk practice, wherein delaying a file for bribe was a common practice.Soon after taking over as the chief minister, Yogi Adityanath had announced he would introduce e-Office in each department to change the ‘babu culture’ in the state. The aim was to check corruption, cut unnecessary delays in the passage of files, and eliminate harassment of the public.The CM Secretariat, Chief Secretary Office, Information department, Civil Aviation, Excise, Environment, Mining, Sports, Small Irrigation, Culture, IT and Electronics are among the departments where-Office has been introduced.The National Informatics Centre (NIC) will train about 13 lakh government employees on the functioning and use of the software.THE PLANThe IT and Electronics department has been made the nodal agency to implement e-Office system in all government departments.

Don’t post us in field areas as we are ‘non-combatants’, says members of Indian Army Service Corps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move that has led to some degree of consternation in India’s defence establishment, some personnel from the Army Service Corps (ASC) have said that since they are “non-combatants” they should should not be considered for posting in field areas. In response, the Indian Army has stated that it was never in dispute that all arms and services are “combatants” and at no stage has the Army referred to Service Units being non-combatant units.“Army performs its role in war and peace as a whole and not in isolated compartments. Each Arm and Service has designated role and function,” the Army has said after the matter cropped up during the recently held Army Commanders Conference.The roots of this controversy lie in a bitter career progression battle that has been ranging on between the various entitites that function under the Combat Arms, Combat Support Arms and Services categories.Several personnel working with Services like the Armed Service Corps, Ordnance, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers have now started complaining that their career progression is not at par with their counterparts in Combat Arms like Infantry, Armoured and Mechanized.And to take argument further, the aggrieved personnel have stated that since they are being treated as “non-combatants”, they should be not posted in combat duties in field postings.The Army, on its part, has maintained that Combat Arms, Combat Support Arms and Services are “operational entities” of Army having “clear and defined roles with charter of duties”.The Army has also maintained consistently that without diluting the role played by Services in maintaining logistic support to Combat Arms during operations, Commanding Officers of ASC, Ordnance and Electronics and Mechanical Engineers are not required to largely remain in contact with frontline forces where major combat may take place during operations.“Therefore, ages of Command of Services could be higher than those of arms, where COs are expected to move forward in the combat zone, where their physical efficiency becomes relevant,” the Army has said.The Army also says that a number of Officers, JCOs and Other Ranks from Combat Support Arms and logistic units are posted on tenure basis in infantry units dealing with counter insurgency and counter terrorism in a bid to boost the strength essential in “Line of Control, Low Intensity Conflict, Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist environment”.“This also provides much necessary operational experience to these Officers, JCOs and Other Ranks,” the Army has stated adding that performance of personnel from Services has been “noteworthy”.Army sources say that around 20 years back, the career progression of personnel working in Services was far better than those working in Combat Arms and that the cream of the personnel used to opt to Services and not Combat Arms.“This had led to a situation where it became difficult to keep the motivational levels high for infantry personnel who are supposed to go to the battle zone and take bullets for you,” a source explained. “It was then that the system realized that the handle of the axe had got converted to iron while the bladed head had become of wood. A force needs to keep the sharpness of the weapon intact. That’s why policies were made to ensure that personnel who were fighting the country’s battles continue to be motivated,” the source added.The Army maintains that in correcting an earlier anomalous situation, some new issues may have got created but Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat has already said that he would “consider all arms and services at par and they would get their dues that they deserve”. The Army has also assured of all necessary corrections to put to rest all anguish amongst some personnel regarding discrimination in their status.

PM Modi to inaugurate IITGN college campus on Saturday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate the Palaj campus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar on Saturday. IITGN will be dedicating its campus to nation building.”The aim is show him our campus. When we shifted on the new campus, we could not get any dignitaries to launch it. Hence, we invited the prime minister who has agreed to inaugurate our campus which we will dedicate to the nation,” Dr Sudhir Jain, Director, IITGN, said.Professor Amit Prashant, Dean, Academics at IITGN said, “The plan of dedicating our campus to the nation had been on the cards for a long time. The aim is to inspire our students that such initiatives are important and how much effort goes into making such things happen. The Prime Minister will spend an hour on our campus and will also distribute e-tablets to rural people.”The dedication ceremony will take place in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Electronics, IT, Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and other guests of honor.IITGN was founded in 2008 and the Palaj campus sprawls 397 acres of land on the western banks of the river Sabarmati. The institute moved to its permanent campus in July 2015 and the striking design and weather-responsive architecture of the campus is inspired by local traditions.

Gloomy markets pin hope on Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Diwali is just a couple of weeks away and people are waiting to get into the buying spree. Even then, traders say the prolonged economic slowdown coupled with effects of demonetisation and faulty implementation of GST has robbed markets of the usual festive sheen.Businessmen added that if the business does not improve, the situation will worsen after Diwali.Traders are complaining that business is worse even compared to 2016 or after demonetisation. “There are absolutely no footfall in the market. In the previous years, we would not be free to respond to phone calls. This year, on most days we have no one to attend to them. While we have seen a slowdown previously, this is unprecedented,”said Sunil Motwani, president of Relief Road Electronics Market.He said sales had dropped by as high as 70 per cent. Traditional retailers are facing the brunt of organised retail as well as online shopping.The textile market also complained of a gloom. The markets, which are usually abuzz with activity from Navratri onwards, have been quiet even after Dussehra. Not only Ahmedabad, but other centres in the state and the country are also facing a similar situation.I was in Bhilwara and it is full of traders from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. This time, there are hardly any traders,” said Kirit Patel, president of Panchkuwa Kapad Mahajan.Jewellers are the worst affected as restrictions on buying gold in cash is an additional factor that decreased sales. At Manekchowk market, which is normally crowded, traders are awaiting customers, which are few. Jewellers say the overall spending power of households has decreased and additional taxes like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is adding insult to injury.At least after demonetisation, people transacted in cheques. Now it seems that most of them have run out of money,” said Chinubhai Shah, president of Shree Manekchowk Choksi Mahajan.

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

Blue Whale Challenge | ‘This is not a game but danger’: 19-year-old commits suicide in Madurai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Falling into the trap of the Blue Whale Challenge, a second-year commerce student at a private college committed suicide in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on Wednesday.”Blue Whale – This is not a game but danger. Once you enter, you can never exit,” wrote a 19-year-old Vignesh in a suicide note that the police found.The police also found the telling image of a whale carved into Vignesh’s left arm with “Blue Whale” written below it, reported NDTV.This is the first suicide related to the online game that has been reported in Tamil Nadu.The deadly online challenges players for over 50 days, wherein demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller.The game firstly asks the player to draw a whale on a piece of paper, then carve a whale figure on their body, and then gives other tasks such as watching horror movies alone etc. The tasks include the final challenge to commit suicide.The Ministry of Electronics and IT has already directed the internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, which has led several children in India and other countries to commit suicide.On August 16, a student in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore attempted to end his life by following instructions given in the online suicide game.On August 10, a 14-year-old boy from Solapur, who was on his way to Pune to complete a task given to him in the online game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, was rescued by the police.Before that, Class 9 student allegedly ended his life by jumping off a building in Mumbai, reportedly becoming victim to the Blue Whale suicide challenge. Admitting to being the driving factor behind the suicides of youngsters playing the game, Philipp Budeikin, who claims to have created the game, says that the victims were just ‘biological waste’.”Victims were ‘happy to die’ and I am ‘cleansing society’,” Budeikin told police when he was arrested in May this year.

66A gone, stronger law on cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recommended the strengthening of sections 153A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) instead of modifying section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.The Supreme Court had in March 2015 struck down section 66A of the IT Act that made posting “offensive” comments online a crime punishable by jail. But the jubilation among defenders of free speech might soon be over with the MHA’s move, experts say.Section 153A of the IPC prohibits hate speech and punishes any form of action or communication that leads to disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will among people. The maximum punishment is three years in jail.Section 505, on the other hand, punishes statements that amount to public mischief. Both sections have the ramifications similar to section 66A, but unlike it, are non-bailable offences.In a meeting, held earlier this week, of an expert committee under TK Vishwanathan, the MHA suggested that instead of modifying the controversial section 66A of the IT Act, amendments to sections 153A and 505 of the IPC will prove to be more effective.It is also learnt that the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) supported the idea mooted by the MHA.The MHA’s recommendations hint at the possibility of heightened censorship, which was not what the panel was set out to achieve, experts say.The Cyber Regulation Advisory Committee (CRAC) was formed by the MHA to study the Supreme Court’s judgment that called section 66A “unconstitutional” and “draconian”.In reply to a Parliament question in August, 2015, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the expert committee was formed to recommend a road map with measures and amendments to the present laws for consideration of the government. He also said that the committee will look at ways of restoring section 66A of the IT Act with “suitable modifications and safeguards to make it fully compatible with constitutional provisions”.On the other hand, the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry, also part of the committee, was opposed to the idea of not restoring section 66A. The ministry has, it is learnt, recommended that 66A must be amended.Since the IT Act was originally formed to promote the IT industry, it should be amended to allow for preventive measures, it said.The WCD Ministry’s areas of concerns are the cyber security of women and children. As part of its prescriptions of a comprehensive overhaul, it has mooted the idea of a green channel for raising cyber crime cases on a real-time basis, where the abusive content can be taken down immediately.

Blue Whale challenge: Delhi HC expresses concern, wonders why adults are also influenced

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Thursday expressed concern over children allegedly committing suicide while playing ‘Blue Whale challenge’, and wondered why adults are also influenced by this online gameSeveral incidents of children committing suicide while playing the online game have come to the fore in last few weeks.The court also wished to know whether the government has issued prohibition order with regard to downlinking of the Blue Whale game.On Wednesday, the Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar also made the remark that Blue Whale challenge can make people do anything.The Ministry of Electronics and IT has directed the internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, which has led several children in India and other countries to commit suicide.
ALSO READ Centre instructs social media platforms and search engines to shut down Blue Whale challenge Last week, a student in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore attempted to end his life by following instructions given in the online suicide game.On August 10, a 14-year-old boy from Solapur, who was on his way to Pune to complete a task given to him in the online game ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, was rescued by the police.
ALSO READ Blue Whale challenge: Cyber experts welcome ban on online suicide gameBefore that, Class 9 student allegedly ended his life by jumping off a building in Mumbai, reportedly becoming victim to the Blue Whale suicide challenge. Admitting to being the driving factor behind the suicides of youngsters playing the game, Philipp Budeikin, who claims to have created the game, says that the victims were just ‘biological waste’.
ALSO READ Blue Whale Challenge needs to be tackled at national level”Victims were ‘happy to die’ and I am ‘cleansing society’,” Budeikin told police when he was arrested in May this year.

Kerala: Teen commits suicide to allegedly complete ‘Blue Whale’ challenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parents of a sixteen-year-old boy who committed suicide on July 26, raised doubts that it was due to the Blue Whale Challenge game that their son ended his life.Manoj, a native of Vilappilsala in Trivandrum committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence.on Tuesday, the Class 11 student’s mother informed the police that she suspected her son committed suicide as he was playing the Blue Whale Challenge.According to reports, the boy’s mother told a media channel that her son had downloaded the game in November last year.”He said in the last stage of the game, one should either commit suicide or murder someone. I got scared after hearing it and asked my son not to play the game. My son had once hurt himself using a compass and jumped into a river though he did not know how to swim. He was later rescued. Before he took the extreme step, my son had deleted the game from his mobile phone.”
ALSO READ Centre asks online giants to delete Blue Whale linksKerala Police had registered a case of unnatural death then and concluded it to be a personal problem.Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology took a strict measure against the deadly online game, Blue whale Challenge and asked social media giants like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove all the links relating to the game.
ALSO READ Blue Whale Challenge: Govt asks Google, Facebook and others to remove links to online suicide game immediately”Instances of children committing suicide while Blue Whale Challenge have been reported in India…You are hereby requested to ensure that any such link of this deadly game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from your platform,” stated the ministry, in a letter, to the internet majors.Taking the cognizance of the recent deaths in Mumbai and West Bengal, the ministry said the proponent of Blue Whale Challenge should be reported to law enforcement agencies.On August 14, a series of tweets were put out by Ministry of Child and Development stating that Maneka Gandhi has taken up the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.On August 12, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had urged the Centre to take immediate steps to ban the Blue Whale Challenge in the country “to save precious lives”.The deadly online ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ game, however, is reportedly a suicide game that challenges players for over 50 days, wherein demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller.

Centre asks online giants to delete Blue Whale links

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has directed social media and internet majors such as Google, Facebook and WhatsApp to delete links to the online game, Blue Whale Challenge, which has provoked more than a hundred participants across the globe to kill themselves.The game’s proponent should be reported to law enforcement agencies, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a letter dated August 11 to the online giants, including Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo.”Instances of children committing suicide while playing Blue Whale Challenge have been reported in India… You are requested to ensure that any such link of this game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from your platform,” the ministry’s letter states, in keeping with instructions from Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.DNA has a copy of the letter, which has been shared with the ministries of home affairs and women and child development.”It is understood that an administrator of the game uses social media platform to invite/incite children to play this game, which may eventually lead them to take extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries including suicide,” the letter states.The Blue Whale challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is dared to complete certain tasks over a period of 50 days. The tasks get progressively dangerous, culminating in something suicidal. The player is asked to share photos after finishing the challenge.The letter comes after Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi urged Prasad and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ban the online game.”Maneka Gandhi has taken cognisance of the self-destructive Blue Whale challenge that has claimed the lives of over 100 youngsters,” her ministry had tweeted on Monday.”Gandhi has requested that the challenge be removed from social media by suitable intervention.”DEADLY DARESOn July 26, a 16-year-old boy, Manoj Manu, from Perumkulam in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, hanged himself. His mother suspects he was completing the Blue Whale Challenge.

Around 81 lakh Aadhaar deactivated till date: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Unique Identification Authority of India has deactivated close to 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers till date, Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary said today. “Till date, approximately 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been deactivated. The state-, year- and reason-wise data is not maintained by the UIDAI,” Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha today. The Aadhaar numbers were deactivated for a number of reasons stated in Section 27 and 28 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016. “Prior to enactment of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, the deactivation (suspension) of Aadhaar numbers was done as per the Aadhaar Life Cycle Management (ALCM) guideline,” Chaudhary said. He added that the regional offices of the UIDAI have authority to deactivate the Aadhaar numbers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EVMs to have paper trail (VVPAT) in Gujarat polls: EC to SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission today told the Supreme Court that it will be able to conduct the Gujarat assembly elections, due late this year, using EVMs with paper trail. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar accepted the submission of Election Commission of India (ECI) and disposed of the plea seeking direction for use of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in Gujarat assembly polls. “ECI in its affidavit has said that it will conduct the Gujarat polls using VVPAT. We are satisfied by the submission. The petition is disposed of,” the bench also comprising Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and D Y Chandrachud said after the ECI’s counsel apprised it of the poll panel’s stand. The VVPAT machine is connected with EVMs and dispenses a paper proof for the voters so that they can verify that their vote is cast correctly. The court, however, posted other matters connected to use of VVPAT in polls for tomorrow on the plea of petitioners. “If the adjournment is without any reason, there will be consequences. You can’t waste the court’s time,” the bench said. In its affidavit, the EC has said it will be able to conduct the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls using EVMs with paper trail if it gets 73,500 VVPAT machines by September from the manufacturers. The poll panel maintained that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) currently used for conducting Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the country cannot be tampered with. It told the apex court that around 70,000 VVPATs units would be required for the Gujarat polls scheduled later this year. The poll panel said that around 48,000 units were expected to be delivered by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) by August 31 while another 25,500 such units would be delivered by September. “If the said consignment of VVPATs is delivered on time, the Election Commission expects to be able to conduct the elections to the Gujarat legislative assembly completely with the use of VVPATs,” the poll panel told the apex court in its affidavit. The ECI said that currently it was in possession of 53,500 VVPAT units. “It is pertinent to point out herein that the Election Commission of India (ECI) currently has 53,500 of VVPAT units in its possession and the number of VVPAT units required for conducting election to the Gujarat legislative assembly is 70,000 units. “The ECI expects to receive the delivery of 48,000 VVPAT units from BEL and ECIL by August 31, 2017 and another 25,500 VVPAT units in September 2017,” the poll panel said. It, however, said that though there has been a debate over alleged EVM tampering, “no political party or person” was able to demonstrate how these machines could be tampered with during the course of open EVM challenge. The ECI’s affidavit was filed in pursuance to the apex court’s July 6 directive asking it to file a response on the possibility of using EVMs with VVPATs in the Gujarat polls. The apex court was hearing the plea filed by a Gujarat Patidar leader seeking the use of either ballot paper or EVMs with VVPAT for the assembly elections. Petitioner Reshma Vithabhai Patel, the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, which was in the forefront of the Patel quota agitation, had claimed that the EVMs were not “fully reliable, foolproof, tamper-proof or hacker-proof”. The ECI should be asked to replace EVMs with ballot paper or to ensure VVPAT for every EVM, she had demanded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Guj polls with VVPATs if machines delivered by Sept: EC to SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission today told the Supreme Court that it will be able to conduct the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls using EVMs with paper trail if it gets 73,500 VVPAT machines by September from the manufacturers. The poll panel, which maintained that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with, told the apex court that around 70,000 Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) units would be required for the Gujarat polls scheduled later this year. It said that around 48,000 units were expected to be delivered by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) by August 31 while another 25,500 such units would be delivered by September. “If the said consignment of VVPATs is delivered on time, the Election Commission expects to be able to conduct the elections to the Gujarat legislative assembly completely with the use of VVPATs,” the poll panel told the apex court in its affidavit. The VVPAT machine is connected with EVMs and dispenses a paper proof for the voters so that they can verify their vote is cast correctly. The ECI further said that currently it was in possession of 53,500 VVPAT units. “It is pertinent to point out herein that the Election Commission of India (ECI) currently has 53,500 of VVPAT units in its possession and the number of VVPAT units required for conducting election to the Gujarat legislative assembly is 70,000 units. “The ECI expects to receive the delivery of 48,000 VVPAT units from BEL and ECIL by August 31, 2017 and another 25,500 VVPAT units in September 2017,” the poll panel said. It, however, said that though there has been a debate over alleged EVM tampering but “no political party or person” was able to demonstrate how these machines could be tampered with during the course of open EVM challenge. The ECI’s affidavit was filed in pursuance to the apex court’s July 6 directive asking it to file a response on the possibility of using EVMs with VVPATs in the Gujarat polls. The apex court is hearing a plea filed by a Gujarat Patidar leader seeking the use of either ballot paper or EVMs with VVPAT for the assembly elections. Petitioner Reshma Vithabhai Patel, the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, which was in the forefront of the Patel quota agitation, had claimed that the EVMs were not “fully reliable, foolproof, tamper-proof or hacker-proof”. The ECI should be asked to replace EVMs with ballot paper or to ensure VVPAT for every EVM, she had demanded. Patel’s plea had also alleged that the names of thousands of members of a “particular community” were missing from voter lists in the 2015 municipal corporation polls. It had sought the court’s direction to the ECI to prevent this in future. She has said that the Gujarat High Court had erred in not appreciating that the Supreme Court had passed its judgement on October 18, 2013, asking to ensure polling through EVMs with paper trail, but despite that it was not implemented by the ECI and the State Election Commission.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Interview | Digital economy can grow to $2 trillion in the next five years: Ravi Shankar Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an interview with Mansi Taneja, Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad talks about how e-governance through Aadhaar helped save Rs 57,000 crore in subsidies and why the rise of domestic manufacturing in India is a great cause for cheerHow much will the digital economy grow in the next five years?We expect India’s digital economy to achieve $1 trillion in the next five to seven years. This can be achieved easily. In fact, India’s digital economy has the potential to grow to $2 trillion besides creating 40-70 lakh jobs in employment over this period. Government programmes such as Make in India, Skill India, Start-up India and Smart Cities will help reach the targets, and sectors such as IT and IT-enabled services, electronic manufacturing, e-commerce, digital payments and cyber security will be crucial in reaching these targets.How will you achieve this?It is achievable because the communication industry stands at $150 billion, IT and IT-enabled services stand up to $50 billion, both totalling to $300 billion. Electronic manufacturing in India is worth $100 billion, e-commerce $35 billion. Without including digital payments, the entire digital economy currently has a worth of more than $400 billion. Digital payments will become a $500 billion economy by 2020.How have you improved governance through digital India?India must come up with technology which is affordable, inclusive and developmental. We have done that through the Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan-Yojana programme. For example, we created 28 crore Jan Dhan accounts of the poor that link to Aadhaar. Today, we have 68 crore bank accounts linked with Aadhaar. We have directly started sending subsidies — gas, ration, MNREGA — to bank accounts. Through this, we have saved about Rs 57,000 crore, which used to be pocketed by the middleman. In the Modi government, Rs 100 is being sent and Rs 100 is reaching the villages. Digital governance is good governance, digital delivery is faster delivery.There have been concerns over websites publishing Aadhaar data. How are you addressing that?Aadhaar as a platform is completely safe, secure and respects the privacy of all Indians. That is entirely inbuilt in the Aadhaar Act passed by the Parliament. About 113 crore Indians have Aadhaar and 99 per cent of the adult population of India is on Aadhaar. There is also a robust mechanism under sections 29,30,31 of the law where nobody can share their biometrics for unauthorised use, with due regard to privacy and data concerns. Anybody who tinkers with it will land in jail.A key component of India’s digital economy dream is domestic mobile phone market. How much has this grown?India has come up well in the domestic mobile phone market. Manufacturing of mobile phones which was only six crore units in 2014-15 has reached an estimated 22 crore in 2016-17. In terms of value, there has been 183 per cent jump. In 2014-15, mobile phones worth Rs 19,000 crore were made in India and today an estimated Rs 90,000 crore in 2016-17. About 72 new mobile manufacturing units have come up which has created one lakh new direct jobs and over three lakh indirect jobs.Under your electronic manufacturing policy, it seems only mobile manufacturing has gained momentum?Not true. There are various other schemes which are going on under our ministry such as MSIPs (Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme) and electronics manufacturing clusters. Under MSIPs, we are offering financial incentives to attract investments. About 269 investment proposals worth Rs 1,56,729 crore (till April 2017) have been received under MSPIs compared to only Rs11,198 crore in May 2014.

‘Made in India’ microwave circuit boards will revolutionise nation’s space, defence sectors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Thrissur, has developed low-cost microwave printed circuit boards. The boards are required in strategic applications such as space, defence, and atomic energy.”India still depends on imported sources for much advanced electronic hardware for strategic applications and this is one of the major steps in the indigenisation of electronic materials drive, especially for wireless communication sectors,” said Dr NR Munirathnam, Director General, C-MET.”Also, many of these critical microwave materials fall under the embargo category because of international policies,” he added.The cost savings of these localised microwave boards are humongous. India has been importing these microwave circuit boards from abroad at exorbitantly high cost ($250 per square feet). Now, the localised boards will cost as less as $80 per square feet, which is roughly one fourth of the cost. This will bring huge changes in the overall performance of the microwave circuit board industry and pave the way for many startup companies in the microwave circuit design area.The availability of localised microwave circuit boards will enable Indian microwave companies to capture the commercial microwave circuit market globally.Already the world seems to be showing interest. Recently, two US patents have been awarded to C-MET for this innovation.Where Are Microwave Circuit Boards Used?Miniaturised GPS antennasImplantable medical devices.Antenna designs for missilesWhat is India’s Cost Advantage?Globally, microwave circuit boards are made at $250 per square footIndia makes it as $80 per square foot

Child pornography: Centre asks CBSE to put jammers in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it has blocked 3,522 websites carrying child pornographic content last month and asked the CBSE to consider installation of jammers in schools to block access to such sites. The government told a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that installation of jammers in school buses was “not possible” and they were coming out with steps to deal with the menace of child pornography in its entirety. “We are coming out with steps which will deal with the situation in its entirety,” Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand told the bench that also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar. “Jammers in school buses are not possible. Security issue cannot be overriden” raised by the petitioners, Anand said, adding the “government has asked the CBSE to consider whether jammers can be installed in schools to curb access to such websites.” The government said that in June, 3,522 websites hosting child pornographic contents have been blocked. Anand told the apex court that the government would file a status report on the steps taken by it to stop child pornography. The counsel for the petitioners, who have sought a direction to the Centre to take appropriate steps to curb child pornography, told the apex court that besides installing jammers in schools, the government should also install such equipment in school buses. The bench, however, told the petitioners that it would not pass any order in the matter today but first peruse the status report to be filed by the government. It asked the Centre to file the status report in two days and granted liberty to the counsel for the petitioner to file their suggestions so that “there can be a complete mechanism” in this regard. “You (petitioners) know that we cannot pass any order today. We will go through the status report first and then you can also give suggestions,” the bench said. Later, sources in the know said that through the status report, the Centre would inform the apex court that the Interpol’s ‘worst of list’ on online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is being blocked regularly. As per the procedure, “CBI as national nodal agency of Interpol, shares this list with government and the government orders the blocking of same through select internet service providers (ISPs),” they said. They said an inter-ministerial committee, set up by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for curbing online CSAM, has recommended that till such time a centralised mechanism is built in India to dynamically monitor websites/URLs containing online CSAM, the relevant ISPs should adopt and disable/remove the online CSAM dynamically. Based on this, MeitY has order the ISPAI (Internet Service Providers Association of India) and DoT (Department of Telecommunication) to disable or remove access to child pornography sites by adopting IWF (internet watch foundation) list by July 31 to prevent the distribution and transmission of online CSAM in India. The sources said that MeitY has communicated to the Home Ministry and Ministry of Women and Child Development and all states and union territories to ensure its compliance and recently, DoT has also issued letters to ISPs regarding this. As per information received from US-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), they are trying to establish their secure link with the Indian law-enforcing agencies. They also said that the government would apprise the court that the Home Ministry was establishing a Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCWPC) portal which is likely to be ready from October this year. The MeitY has also requested Ministry of Women and Child Development to develop a mechanism for reporting online child abuse either on its own or in association with other stake holders, they said. The Centre is also likely to refer to its earlier affidavit which had said there were a number of software tools that could be implemented at the user’s end to block obscene and pornographic contents. “In this regard, DoT has communicated to all ISPs requesting to make suitable arrangement to spread awareness among their subscribers about the use of parental control filters in the end users machines through messages of e-mail invoices, sms, websites etc,” the sources said. Regarding technological suggestions proposed by the petitioners to curb internet pornography, the DoT has constituted a committee to examine its technical feasibility.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Top DU colleges shut admissions in general quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi University (DU) on Wednesday released its fourth cut-off for admissions in undergraduate courses with no more seats available in general category, of most colleges.Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College, which had announced the highest cut-off in the first list has seats still available for both the general as well as the reserved categories. The cut-off for BSc Electronics at SGTB is 93.33 per cent, which closed the cut-off in the first list at 96.96.Some colleges including Maitrey and Shivaji re-opened admissions in some courses for general category against the cancellation.After the third list, English (Honours) was closed in at least five colleges, including Dyal Singh, Gargi, and Satyawati College. “Those looking for a seat in History (Honours) in the forthcoming list have a lesser chance of getting one as nearly 18 colleges gave shut admission for the course,” the official said.Similarly, as many as 14 colleges had also closed admission for Political Science (H), 13 in BSc (Mathematics) and nine in BSc (Physics).This year, DU received around 2.2 lakh applications for nearly 56,000 seats in its 63 colleges.A lot of applications have been withdrawn after the third cut-off list. One of the senior varsity officials cited this as the reason for availability of seats in several courses in these colleges.

Hefty fees for child abuse portal resource leaves ISPs in trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To curb child sex abuse content on websites, an inter-ministerial committee of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) had issued an order in May, asking service providers to adopt the resources of the Internet Watch Foundation to curb abuse content online. ISPs were to comply by July 31.However, as the deadline approaches, what is creating a problem for the ISPs is the exorbitant fees that the IWF charges annually. The IWF maintains a global list of websites and URLs which contain child sex abuse material. But a subscribing ISP will have to pay anywhere between £75,000 to £90,000 per year to avail the list of URLs.The order passed under section 79(2)(c) of the Information Technology Act 2000, said that the directive was an “immediate interim” arrangement till a central database is created in India.The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) has already sent a letter to MEITY in this regard but to no avail. “There should have been an alternative that wouldn’t cost the ISPs so much,” said Rajesh Chharia, President, ISPAI. It is also learned that MEITY had, at one point, considered funding the exercise, but has now gone silent.During the discussions, several ISPs were in favour of the hotline run by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), which maintains a list of such websites for no cost; all it requires from the ISPs is a dedicated computer and a person. When NCMEC receives any tip-off (called cyber tip) about abuse content, they work on providing their own investigative input and then pass it on to law enforcement agencies. If the accused is from a foreign country, NCMEC informs the host country via a virtual private network (VPN).

Sonowal seeks Centre’s help for broader internet connectivity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has urged the Centre to initiate actions to set up a fibre (broadband) grid aimed at connecting every household with internet in the state. To connect all households with internet, the chief minister had a talk with Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Communications Manoj Sinha over phone and sought their help in increasing internet connectivity in the state, an official release today said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thrust on Digital India, Sonowal requested the union ministers to help the state’s bid in setting up a dedicated fibre (broadband) grid for internet connectivity, the release said. Amid the present worldwide economic trend, India is a happening country… and Assam being a land of abundant opportunities, an information superhighway is the need of the hour, Sonowal said. A helping hand of the Centre will augur well in strengthening the base of internet connectivity to reap rich dividends of digital world, the release quoted Sonowal. The union ministers gave a positive nod to Sonowal’s request and have asked the Secretary of Electronics and Information Technology department and Chief General Manager, BSNL, North East Circle, to talk to Assam government and thrash out a broad modus operandi for a coordinated network of digital communication system in the state, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Detecting breast cancer through thermal sensors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every year over one lakh new breast cancer cases are registered making it one of the leading types of cancer in the country. Out of the 14.5 lakh cancer cases registered in the country in 2016, 1.5 lakh are new breast cancer cases.For this growing problem, C-MET, Centre for Materials for Electronic and Technology, under the aegis of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has developed a wearable device for an early detection of breast cancer, which mammograms may fail to detect.”People in India are educated, but not ‘cancer’ educated,” says Doctor GK Rath, Chief of Cancer Centre, AIIMS. “There are a lot of myths regarding cancer, as people are scared of the disease and sometimes live in denial. If detected timely, it can be cured just like any other curable illness. The problem is ignorance,” he adds.Breast cancer is high in India and women as young as 23 have been diagnosed with it. The cause of this sudden increase is still unknown. Till date, only mammograms have been the way to diagnose the problem which requires the breast to be pressed between two plates.To avoid these inconvenience and problem, C-MET has designed a device that uses temperature sensors and would not expose women to any radiation or pain infliction.”These sensors are arranged in the vests which are available in various sizes for different age groups. The temperature of a cancer cell is one degree more than the healthier cells and thus it would show data in graphical user interface. Doctors can see these images and find abnormalities,” said Doctor NR Munirathnam, Director General, C-MET.C-MET has already tested the device on 200 volunteers and patients and found it highly accurate. In both mammogram and thermal sensor device, the team of scientists found a 97 percent similarity in diagnostic results. It will take 12-18 months for the device to come out in the market and once it does, it will cost only around Rs 1.5 lakhs. Once bought, the device can be used for at least a decade.”This device is easy to use, portable and works on battery. It can be taken to tribal areas as well. We included ASHA workers to take this system to community level for initial screening of breast cancer. It can be handled by operators with basic technical training and the results can be analyzed by Public Health centre doctors by wireless communication system,” added Munirathnam.

NDMC launches digital libraries for bookworms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to digitise its education system, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Thursday launched Digital Libraries comprising 68 lakh books which would cater to students from the primary level to PhD level thereby providing a digital platform to bookworms.The libraries, which was launched by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, would be accessible on the NDMC website and mobile application for free.”With an aim to improve education to move ahead in the digital era, the NDMC has endeavoured to provide digital libraries in its schools using the e-Granthalaya Integrated Library Management Software from National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.”Students can have access to over 68 lakh books on subjects like literature, mythology, science, research papers and academics free of cost,” an NDMC spokesperson said, adding, the council now aims to digitise all its public libraries.While launching the service, Naidu said that the school Library is not only to promote building a knowledge driven community for the future but also to develop a road map for students. He said that books are our best friends because books can provide us company in our bliss and rainy days and added that the step can help in transforming the manner in which information can be accessed.The initiative is part of the Smart Classroom initiative of the NDMC under which the civic agency aims to digitise the education system in the schools of their jurisdictions.NDMC has set up 444 Smart Classes in its 30 schools, with e-learning facilities in Class VI-XII, to raise the standard of education.

DU admissions: Colleges release first cut-offs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University colleges on Friday released their first cut-off lists for admissions to various undergraduate courses. There was a considerable drop in the cut-offs of most courses, including English (Honours), B Com (H) and Economics (H), from last year.Surprisingly, the cut-off Humanities was slightly higher than Commerce and Science with the highest for Political Science (Honours) at SGTB Khalsa College at 99 per cent followed by Psychology (Honours) at Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College at 98.5 per cent. SGTB Khalsa again recorded the highest in Science and Commerce courses for BSc ( Electronics) at 99.6 per cent and BCom (Honours) at 98 per cent.According to University officials, the poor results of state boards, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, led to the drop in cut-offs this year. “This year, the university has kept in mind the students of state boards who don’t score as much as those from CBSE,” a senior official said.Explaining the surge in the Humanities cut-off, he said, “This was predictable as most of the top scorers across the boards are from Humanities.”The cut-off for Economics (H) and B.Com (H) at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) settled at 97.75 per cent. This was slightly lower for both the subjects from last year which was 98 and 98.25 percent respectively.According to SRCC principal R P Rustagi, the cut-offs have been announced based on the number of applications received for these courses.”This year, we announced the cut-offs after carefully examining the data provided by the university. Unlike last year, this year we will close the admissions in first two-three lists,” he said. Last year, the college had released four lists with the last cut-off list being at around 97.25 percent.Similarly cut-offs at Ramjas College also dropped for most subjects. For admission to B Com (H) and Economics (H) students will require more than 97.5 per cent. Both the subjects witnessed a drop of 1.75 percent and 1 per cent respectively from last year.The cut-off for Chemistry (H) went down by 2 per cent in Ramjas from last year’s 98 per cent to 96 per cent. “This year, we tried to set a very realistic cut-off, as last year we could not admit many students in the first cut-off list,” said Ramjas Principal PC Tulsian.The trend of cut-offs becoming lower continued at Hans Raj College as well, where most subjects either remained at the same percentage as last year or saw a dip of 0.25-1 percent.The admission process for the first cut-off list will begin on Saturday and will continue till June 28. This year, DU received around 2.2 lakh applications for about 56,000 seats in its 63 colleges.Earlier, the first cut-off was to release on June 20, but the university deferred it by four days due to some technical glitches on its admission portal.Though the university had announced six cut-off lists in 2016, as of now, dates for only five have been announced. The second, third, fourth and fifth cut-offs will be announced on July 1, 7, 13, and 18 respectively.Students who will qualify as per the cut-off can report to the respective college for document verification and approval of admission from Saturday. The timings for morning college will be 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and for evening college will be 4 pm to 7 pm. After approval of admission, a candidate can login to the university’s admission portal to make an admission fee payment.ARTS PIPS SCIENCEThere has been a drop in the cut-offs for English (H), B Com (H) and Economics (H).
The cut-off list for Humanities was slightly higher than Commerce and Science.

Sushma Swaraj asks for report on Telangana youth shot in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on late Thursday night called for a report from the Indian Embassy in the United States regarding a 26-year-old youth from Telangana, who was shot by an unidentified person in California on June 4. Swaraj tweeted saying, ?The victim Mubeen Ahmed is now out of danger. He is admitted in the Eden Medical Centre, California. We are following up the case with the Police.? ?The victim Mubeen Ahmed works at a gas station. A gunman demanded money from Mubeen and then fired at him,? Swaraj said in her tweet. The victim, Mubeen Ahmed, went to the U.S. to pursue his masters in engineering in February 2015 after completing B. Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the state?s Royal Institute of Technology and Science. After completing his course two months ago, he has been working at a departmental store near California. Victim?s uncle Mufti Aslam Osman said Mubeen was about to finish his duty at the store and return to his apartment in Fremont, when a few black persons stormed his place and demanded of him money and his mobile phone. Attacks against people of Indian origin have of late increased in the US. In February a 26-year-old youth from the state?s Warangal district was shot dead at Milpitas city in Santa Clara Country of California by a man suspected to be a carjacker.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man held for killing Noida techie

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noida police on Saturday arrested 24-year-old Ashvini Yadav for allegedly murdering Noida techie Anjali Rathour in Shatabdi Rail Vihar apartment Sector 62.Yadav had been absconding after committing the murder. Police arrested him from his aunt’s place in Mainpuri. The accused claimed he had been in a relationship with Rathour since September 2012, their university days. He claimed that the deceased had started seeing someone else and had been ignoring him.Arun Kumar Singh SP (city) Noida, said that Ashvini Yadav alias Shanu and Rathour had got admission in Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar in 2012. Ashvini was pursuing a three-year BBA programme and Rathour a B-Tech in Electronics and Communications.Police said that Ashvini brought a country made revolver from his house in Etawah. He met Rathour on Thursday night when she told him that she wanted to discontinue this relationship.Ashvini spent that night outside the premises of a restaurant with his accomplice. Next morning they came to Rathour’s apartment. Ashvini made entry at the gate as Shanu and mentioned his mobile number. He then made a call to Rathour at 6:30 am and asked her to come down. When he asked her to name the person who was creating differences between them she started running. “I followed her to the parking area and shot her dead,” Singh said.Jilted loverThe police said that the accused told them that he also tried to shoot himself but the revolver misfired.A team had visited Etawah but found him missing. His family told them that he was hiding in Mainpuri

Govt to use CSCs, post offices to sell crop insurance policy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has decided to use 1.75 lakh Common Service Centres (CSC) and post offices in a big way to encourage more non-loanee farmers to take up crop insurance schemes such as PMFBY in 2017-18 crop year beginning July. At present, it is mandatory for loanee farmers to take the crop insurance policy. The government wants both loanee and non-loanee to take advantage of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) as well as weather-based crop insurance scheme. CSCs, set up under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, till now were being utilised for booking railway tickets, providing Aadhaar numbers and passport applications. “Non-loanee farmers who have taken the crop insurance policy at present are only 22 per cent. We want to achieve 40 -50 per cent. We have decided to use multiple platforms to reach out to them,” a senior government official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Parties may apply by May 26 to participate in EVM challenge’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Political parties keen on taking the EVM challenge must confirm their interest for the same to the Election Commission by May 26, Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh said here today. “The political parties can confirm their interest in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) challenge by sending an email to [email protected], wherein the details of the nominated members must be furnished as per the prescribed performa. “Only those political parties which will respond by 5 PM on May 26 to the ECI shall be allowed to participate in the challenge beginning June 3,” he said. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has given an open challenge to national and state political parties which participated in the recent state assemblies elections in Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. “Those intending to participate in the EVM challenge may nominate a maximum of three persons only,” Singh said. The election official further stated that there were no possibilities of manipulation in EVMs during transportation or at the place of storage. “The machines are kept in a double-lock system under appropriate security at the district headquarters. Their safety is periodically checked. The election authorities do not open the strong room. But they do regularly check whether the strong room is fully protected and whether the lock is in proper condition or not,” he said. Further, strong rooms are always opened in the presence of representative of political parties. No unauthorised person can get access to the EVMs at any point of time, the official asserted. The Punjab CEO said an annual physical verification of all EVMs is done by district election officers (DEOs) and the report sent to ECI during the non-election period. He also said that technology has helped in making these machines tamper proof. “The ECI-EVMs use some of the most sophisticated technological features like one time programmable (OTP) microcontrollers, dynamic coding of key codes, date and time stamping of each and every key press, advanced encryption technology and EVM-tracking software to handle EVM logistics, among others to make the machine 100 per cent tamper proof,” Singh said. In addition to these, new model M3 EVMs have tamper detection and self-diagnostics as added features, he said. “OTP software implies that the programme in the EVM cannot be altered, re-written or re-read by anyone under safe custody of ECI. If anyone makes an unauthorised attempt, the machines will become in-operative and these are produced indigenously by two PSU manufacturers viz Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bengaluru and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, Hyderabad,” he said. The Punjab CEO said the Election Commission is globally acknowledged as the “Gold Standard” in conduct of free and fair elections with impeccable integrity. Several opposition parties have claimed that the faith of people in the voting machines has eroded. The BSP and AAP had alleged that the machines used in the recent state assembly elections were tampered with and favoured the BJP. Later, several other parties had joined the chorus and waned the EC to revert to paper ballots. The EC has already announced that it will ensure paper trail of voting in all future elections to the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Israel Aerospace Industries gets $630 mn deal for Indian Navy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries said today it has closed another major deal worth USD 630 million with India to supply advanced long range air and missile defence systems for four ships of the Indian Navy. The deal, a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ campaign, will be jointly executed with the Indian government’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), and comes close on the heels of Israel’s largest defence contract ever worth USD 2 billion to supply the Indian Army and Navy with missile defence systems. IAI said the USD 630-million contract is for supplying Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) systems. The LRSAM is a joint development by IAI and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation. It comprises several key state-of-the-art elements, advanced phased-array radar, command-and-control system, launchers and missiles with advanced radio-frequency (RF) seekers. The system provides the ultimate protection against a variety of aerial, naval and air borne threats. It is currently operational with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Israel Defence Forces. The Indian Army is also likely to deploy it soon. The LRSAM was last week successfully tested in India as part of operational interception trial aboard Indian Navy ship “demonstrating again the system’s operational capabilities in a representative scenario with genuine target”, a statement from IAI said. “All components of the weapon system have successfully met the goals set to them”, the company said. The contract will be carried out, for the first time, with Indian government-owned BEL which will serve as the main contractor in the project as part of the Make in India policy. “The new contract adds to other deals signed in the last decade by IAI with India’s defence forces, reinforcing IAI’s global leadership position in air and missile defence systems. The inclusion of Indian governmental company BEL for the first time, is a step up in our relationship with the Indian industry as part of the ‘Make in India’ policy,” IAI’s president and CEO, Joseph Weiss, said. “This unique project represents the close collaboration between India’s DRDO, IAI and the defence forces of both countries. We will proceed to implementing it with joint efforts,” Weiss added. “We take pride, along with our partners in India, in the great results of the trial conducted last week, which reestablishes the System’s reliability and quality as well as its advanced technological capabilities,” Boaz Levi, IAI’s executive vice president and general manager of systems, Missiles and Space Group, said. Israel last month closed a USD two billion defence deal with India, with IAI taking the lion’s share of it with contracts worth USD 1.6 billion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP government takes weight off students with ‘No Bag Saturdays’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students in Uttar Pradesh will not have to bear the burden of carrying their school bags on Saturdays anymore. The Yogi Adityanath-led state government has passed an order making Saturdays a ‘No Bag Day’ across all government schools up to Class 8.Dr Dinesh Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister, said, “We have set aside Saturdays for fun activities”.About 1.75 crore students studying in 1.25 lakh primary and secondary schools will reap the benefits of this new order from the new academic session, beginning July. The government is also planning to introduce Yoga and Surya Namaskar in government schools on Saturday.Sharma, who also holds the Higher and Secondary Education, Science and Technology, Electronics and IT portfolios, said, “Our aim is to put the spotlight on extra-curricular activities to shape a student’s overall development. It will also establish a close bond between students and teachers. All principals and heads of schools have been directed to design programmes to focus on extra-curricular activities. The state education department will soon issue guidelines for the same.”This apart, the government also plans to make all government schools co-educational in the state. “We want boys and girls to respect each other. Also, students studying in co-education schools carry no inhibitions or gender bias when they reach higher classes,” said Sharma. He also said the co-education system will be implemented on a trail basis from the new academic session.

Naidu awarded ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award’ in the US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been presented the ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award’ in the US for his efforts to strengthen ties between the two countries at the state level. The award by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) was presented yesterday to Naidu during the USIBC West Coast Summit in the Silicon Valley. The award acknowledges excellence in public service and recognise the honoree’s achievement in championing US-India ties in the areas of trade, politics and culture, a USIBC press release said. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT was also honoured with the same award for distinguished public service and her commitment to advancing US-India cooperation and Digital India. “With India’s move towards a cashless society, plans to build smart cities and the explosive growth of e-commerce, it is imperative that there are deliberations on what the challenges are towards creating a digitally driven economy and how American companies can help in this endeavour. USIBC’s annual West Coast Summit explored solutions to building an efficient digital infrastructure for India,” Mukesh Aghi, USIBC President. “India’s digitisation journey has opened the market to new growth opportunities and transformed the way Indian consumers access information and services. I believe that through collaborative efforts, the US-India technology partnership can only expand over the next few years and contribute to our growing bilateral trade,” Aghi said. “We have strong partners in the Government of India. Leaders like Prime Minister Modi, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, and Secretary Sundararajan understand the urgency to bring about digital transformation of India. That is why Cisco and so many other American companies continue to bet big on India,” USIBC Chairman and Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers said. Last year’s recipient for this award was Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer of Niti Aayog. Naidu, on a week-long visit to the US, is accompanied by his 16-member team comprising Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Government Advisor (Communications) Parakala Prabhakar and senior officials, will also visit Washington.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Our PM thinks of farmers, the govt’s done a lot of work for them: PP Chaudhary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PP Chaudhary is the Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, and Electronics and Information Technology. Here are excerpts of an interview by Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO, DNA and Zee Regional News ChannelsYou were a lawyer, what brought you into politics?I was a lawyer for 38 years. My wife asked me to join politics. You have to work 18 hours a day in politics and that is something I enjoy.How did you get a party ticket?Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje got me a ticket. The party president also contributed in it.One thing we notice is that you have cordial relations with the PM, CM and everybody else…In the BJP, hard work is given importance. My work is the reason why I have cordial relations with all of them.When did PM Narendra Modi notice you?The PM did not know me. His feedback is very strong. I had no connection to politics, but I was chosen keeping nation-building in mind.How do you rate the PM?The PM is renowned throughout the world. He will take India to greater heights.When we talk about Amit Shah, we talk about this terrific combination of vision and execution. How do you rate him as the party president?Amit Shah is a visionary. He has a very astute sense of management, and he does a superb job of executing the vision.Coming back to Rajasthan, how would you rate CM Raje?Vasundhara Raje is a visionary CM. She has laid great emphasis on the development of rural areas. She has been praised by the PM as well.What about the Bhamashah Yojana?The Bhamashah Yojana is for the most neglected sections of society. It is a very praiseworthy programme of the CM. Hospital expenses have come down for the common man.Looking at the good governance in Rajasthan, it seems that the BJP will win the 2018 polls…The BJP will win the 2018 polls. Our workers want perfect work. We have done more than what was done in the past 60 years.What are the prospects in the Jodhpur area?I have worked in fields. I know the problems of farmers. Our PM thinks of farmers and the government has done a lot of work for them. Others have just done sloganeering.The Rajasthan government is for the farmers…Yes. The Rajasthan government is for farmers, it has worked for them. Earlier, there were just slogans. But our government has reduced electricity rates for farmers by taking the burden on itself.What is happening at the organisational level in Rajasthan?There is fine coordination between the organisation and the government. The way the Congress was defeated in Maharashtra, it will get wiped out in Rajasthan in 2018.For the first time, I’m seeing a politician so excited about development…My work gets me charged up. I plan to start Common Service Centres at the gram panchayat level.There is a divide in Digital India. What about that?There is a gap between the urban and rural areas and technology can bridge that gap.

SC exempts Samsung CEO from personal appearance before court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today granted exemption from personal appearance to Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee in criminal cases, including one filed by Indian firm JCE Consultancy against him for allegedly cheating it of USD 1.4 million. A bench, comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman, also ordered transfer of as many as three criminal cases, pending against 75-year-old Lee, from Uttar Pradesh to a magisterial court at the Patiala House Courts here. The bench also asked the police to conclude the probe in one of the cases against Lee within three months from today and file a report. Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, assisted by lawyer Nar Hari Singh, appeared for Lee in the apex court and sought exemption from his personal appearance. In 2014, the apex court had directed Lee, who was then facing an arrest warrant due to non-appearance, to appear before a Ghaziabad court in a 1.4 million dollar cheating case filed against him by JCE Consultancy. It, however, had directed that the arrest warrant against Lee would not be executed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Software technology park to come up in Pantnagar: R S Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A software technology park will be set up in Pantnagar besides the strengthening of the IT park in Dehradun, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said. The Uttarakhand government will provide land for developing the software technology park in Pantnagar and efforts will be made to boost exports from Dehradun IT park, Prasad said after a meeting with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat here to discuss information technology expansion in the state. A National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology in Haridwar with a sub centre in Almora will also be established, he said. Cloud system of National Informatics Centre will also be developed in Uttarakhand to preserve huge volumes of documents besides developing six hospitals of the state as e-hospitals, the union minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UIDAI system foolproof, Aadhaar data can’t be leaked: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aadhaar data cannot be leaked as the UIDAI system is foolproof, the government said today amid controversy over leakage of cricketer M S Dhoni’s personal details on social media. “I would like to inform that there is no question of leakage of Aadhaar data from the Aadhaar system. There is no leakage and it cannot be,” said Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary in the Lok Sabha. Referring to the data leakage case, the minister said the former Indian cricket captain had called the Aadhaar enrollment agent to his house and got a photo clicked with the enrollment slip. “If that photo appears on social media, it does not mean it is leakage from the UIDAI. No question arises of leakage of data from our system… I want to assure the members that till date no data, be it be biometric or demographic, have been leaked,” Chaudhary said. He further said the system is “so foolproof that under no conditions, Aadhaar, biometric, and demographic details can be leaked from the IT ministry. It has not happened till date”. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is responsible for Aadhaar enrolment and authentication, including operation and management of all stages of Aadhaar life cycle. It is also responsible for ensuring the security of identity information and authentication records of individuals. The minister further said advisories have been issued to institutions and banks not to publish Aadhaar details. During the Zero Hour, M B Rajesh (CPM) said Aadhaar data leakage has become a serious issue as it has serious implications. Without taking name of Dhoni’s wife, he said she has raised the issue, claiming that the Ministry of Electronics and IT has admitted to the data leakage. He also referred to a TV report that two Aadhaar numbers were generated for a single person. “It is the fault of the government that it is not able ensure security of the data and entire credibility of Aadhar has gone,” he said, asking the government to explain the measures taken to prohibit leakage of data.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Drop courses with few takers: Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to offer more market-friendly courses to engineering aspirants, the central government has asked technical institutions including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to shut courses that are not getting a good response.According to government’s own data, around 400 private technical institutions were shut down in the last three years because they were not getting sufficient number of students, and also, those who passed out from those institutions were not employable.Taking a review of the situation, the Ministry decided to overhaul the engineering education system. It has now on its own, appealed to centrally funded technical institutions to close down the branches and courses that have seen less admissions in the past three years.The Ministry has also said if the institutions want to introduce new courses and disciplines; they should do so after analysing market opportunity, employability and requirement of higher education.“All Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), which are participating in joint counseling sessions have been asked to review the position of vacant seats in the last three years and to revise the number of seats in each discipline after considering employment opportunities, national requirements, available infrastructure and scope for future,” Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for HRD, told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.“CFTIs may also consider closure of some disciplines or keep them in abeyance for a few years after following the due process,” he said.Various disciplines of engineering courses are available under Chemical, Software, Civil and Electronics engineering across various colleges in India. An analysis of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) shows that most number of students enrol for mechanical engineering, followed by computer science, electronics and civil engineering. Branches like chemical and textile engineering get few takers.The central government has taken a similar route with school education also. It recently asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to shut down vocational courses that have very few takers. The board has recently issued a circular with which they have discontinued 34 of its vocational courses.MAKING THE CUTSteps taken by government to overhaul engineering educationAsking institutes to close down branches that are not getting many takers.
Making internships mandatory for students to get their engineering degree.
Introducing a single-window entrance system on the lines of NEET for all engineering colleges.
Making sure that the new courses that are started in college are market-friendly.

Watch: UP minister Moshin Raza loses cool after seeing Mulayam and Azam Khan’s picture in his office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The lone Muslim face in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Cabinet on Thursday lost his cool when he entered his office and saw photo of Samajwadi Party leaders hanging on the wall. The BJP leader was surprised see a photograph of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Azam Khan on his office wall. He asked the official, “Why is this photo here.” When the official replied that there was no direction to remove it, Raza said, “Do you know whose government is in power now?” Raza is the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Electronics, IT, Muslim Waqf and Haj.Who is Mohsin Raza? A first-class cricketer turned politician, Raza is not only a huge persona in politics and activism but also well known in Lucknow’s social circle, says a News18 report. He had a brief stint in the glamour and entertainment industry as well. He was crowned ‘Prince Lucknow’ in 1995. He played a role in the famous Doordarshan serial ‘Neem Ka Ped’. However, he could not make a career in the Hindi film industry. Raza is a Shia Muslim and married to Fozia Sarwat Fatima, who is a Sunni.Fatima belongs to a well-known family and is related to BJP leader Najma Heptullah. Raza is from a family of zamindars in Unnao’s Safipur. His family has been traditionally loyal to the Congress. Raza too was associated with the party for sometime after he was made chairman of Congress’ sports cell. But he quit the party following internal issues. He later formed his outfit called ‘Safipur Vikas Manch’ in 2010. In 2014, he joined the BJP and became a spokesperson for the party. He has a good relationship with Rajnath Singh and his son Pankaj.

Mumbai students build robot to help clean surface water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to address the issue of water pollution by providing a cheaper and viable water cleaning mechanism, students of Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology (VESIT) have designed SEARCh — a semi-autonomous river cleaning robot. The robot is the brainchild of Kiran Parte, Ajit Krishnamoorthy, Piyush Devikar, Kedar Pednekar (Third Year, Electronics & Communication), and Nishit Ahuja (Second Year, Computer Engineering) of the institute. It has been made out of discarded materials, which can clean garbage accumulated on the surface of water bodies. The project recently won the second place at the National Level Technical Exhibition and Competition organized by Saintgits College of Engineering, Kottayam, Kerala. The structure of the robot is made up of used PVC pipes, scrap aluminum and used rubber. The raft-like structure of PVC pipes is fitted with a conveyor belt made up of rubber. The machine is connected to a computer. With the help of a camera, the movement of the robot can be monitored and controlled using a computer software. The waste sticks to the conveyor belt and is then deposited into a collection tray in the unit.”Tonnes of plastic waste is thrown into water bodies every day, which floats on the surface of the water; different kinds of waste such as food wrappers, plastic bags and flowers. This needs to be taken out with the help of river-cleaning machines, which are extremely costly and require a lot of space. The idea was to develop a machine, which could remove garbage on the surface level at a very low cost,” said Kiran Parte, team leader, SEARCh.Parte said that the idea was developed in December, and it took three months for the team to come up with a prototype. The machine costs between Rs 12,000 -15,000 per unit, at least ten times cheaper than existing models in the market. “We have tried to minimise the cost to make the solution cost-effective so it can be used by local corporations to clean water bodies,” said Piyush Devikar.The group now plans to make the process fully automated by using GPS navigation. “This way the camera can automatically detect garbage after which the conveyor belt will automatically start. Once the robot is fully automated, we will approach the BMC officials and urge them to use it in the city,” said Parte.

Use VVPAT EVMs or just ballot paper in polls: plea to Guj HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court has been moved for its direction to hold the next state assembly elections using either EVMs with voter-verified paper audit trail or simply the ballot papers instead of the plain EVMs. The court has been moved by the quota agitation leader Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Reshma Patel with a plea contending that there is no basis to believe that the EVMs cannot be tampered with. “In the upcoming 2017 Gujarat assembly election, the EVMs are required to be replaced with ballot papers as the EVMs, related systems, procedures and personnel are not fully reliable, fool-proof, tamper-proof or hacker-proof. “There is no basis to believe the respondent (Election Commission) that embedded/fused programme cannot be hacked or is fool-proof,” she said in the petition which is likely to come up for hearing next week. “The Supreme Court had in 2013 directed the Election Commission to introduce the EVMs with VVPAT — Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail — in gradual stages to ensure complete transparency. “In the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, if the respondent (EC) fails to provide VVPAT system in the EVMs, then the election be ordered to be held by use of the ballot papers,” the petition said. The Centre, the state government, the Chief Election Commissioner, the state Election Commission, Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India have been made respondents in the PIL. “According to technical experts, the EVMs can be used to manage the result of elections, and can be tampered by an election officer. Even the electronic software of EVMs can be changed… Even the BJP has raised the question… the EVMs have even been banned in many countries,” she said in the petition. Patel also said the names of thousands of members of a “particular community” (Patel) were missing from voters’ list in the 2015 municipal corporation elections and sought the court’s direction to ensure that “no voter is deprived of his valuable right to votes due to the fault on the part of the respondents.” Gujarat Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in later part of the year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai engg college ranks ninth at the National Robotics Contest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At the National Robotics Contest held on March 3 and 4, KJ Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology (KJSIEIT) ranked ninth amongst 113 teams from across the country. Fourteen students worked on various aspects of building the Robot — Mechanical, Electronics and Programming. The Mechanical team created and designed the structure of bot such as the throwing mechanism, projectile mechanism, and chassis of bots. The Electronics team, and the programming team worked on the control of mechanical structure, and providing brain to the entire system. This year’s challenge at the contest was to create and manoeuvre a bot to knock out a beach ball located on a table and then land a disc on seven tables located at different distances with varying heights on the table.Student team leader Pradeepkumar Choudhary said, “My journey with RoboCon KJSIEIT started in 2014, and since then I have been an integral part of a team which has developed my technical and managerial skills to a great extent. Here, I learnt to cope with working and delivering on a problem statement in a given time span. Students working in the team have extra edge over their colleagues because apart from technical knowledge they develop skills of working in teams.”On the occasion, Principal, Dr Suresh Ukrande said, “Robocon is a national level robot competition that serves an excellent platform for young engineers and their mentors to innovate and excel in creative thinking in the field of Robotics. It is a feeling of great pride to see our students work so hard. Such a remarkable achievement is only possible through students’ hard work and toil. The project also promoted leadership and problem-solving skills as well as engineering and business skills throughout the entire process of designing and building.”The team demonstrated its expertise with their ability to make the bot economical as well as with good aesthetics. They created a robust design that did not need repairs or maintenance during the five-day event. The electronic circuits were designed with minimum wiring and with a single printed circuit board.WHAT IS A BOT?The term ‘bot’ comes from robot. A bot is an application that performs an automated task, such as setting an alarm, telling you the weather or searching online. It is used to perform simple and repetitive tasks that would be time-consuming, mundane or impossible for a human to perform. For example, messaging a number to order pizza and having it delivered without ever talking to a real human — that’s what bots are all about.

Karna CM allocates Rs 299 crore for IT, BT and SandT dept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Karnataka government proposed to set up a Centre of Excellence in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security Centre here, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in the state 2017-18 budget today. The Centre is being set up keeping in mind emerging technologies and to create necessary technical resource and skill development, in collaboration with entrepreneurs to give thrust to capacity building, he said. Unveiling the budgetary proposals in the Assembly, Siddaramaiah announced a total allocation of Rs 299 crore to IT, BT and Science and Technology Department. A new programme ‘Yuva Yuga’ will be implemented to train 1,10,000 persons in IT, electronics, animation and other sectors by pooling funds from the Union Government and entrepreneurs to give thrust to skill development, he said. It was also proposed to provide free wi-fi in all gram panchayats, which would be implemented under PPP led by Keonics (Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation) providing Viability Gap Funding in 2,500 gram panchayats in the first phase at a cost of Rs 50 crore, he said. Siddaramaiah said it is also proposed to establish artificial intelligence and robotics centre at IIIT, Bengaluru at a cost of Rs five crore. He said an AVGC Venture Fund of Rs 20 crore is being set up to provide Venture Capital to companies in Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics sector. Under the new schemes relating to e-governance for 2017-18, every district will be brought under the scope of service of process by establishing ‘Karnataka One’ centres in more than 18 district centres, Siddaramaiah said. KSWAN-2 (Karnataka State Wide Area Network) will be implemented in the next five years at a cost of Rs 800 crore and the number of offices being included in this network will be increased to 10,000, he said. He also said all government offices and their functionaries will get fast and reliable connectivity from this project. During 2017-18, a total grant of Rs 189 crore has been provided to the e-governance department, Siddaramaiah said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Teachers booked for sending obscene material to college girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two assistant professors and an office assistant of a private engineering college here have been booked by Rachakonda police for allegedly sending obscene material through Whatsapp to a section of girl students. According to Abdullapurmet Sub-Inspector B Sreenu, police are in the process of arresting the trio as college students demanded immediate action against the accused. Saidi Reddy and Gopi- both assistant professors in Electronics and Communication Departments– and Osman, office assistant were terminated by the administration, a senior official from the college, said. The students, who are pursuing courses in various branches of engineering, alleged that the teachers and the official were harassing them for quite sometime. We have booked cases under Sections 354 D (monitors woman through internet, e-mail or any other form of electronic communication, commits the offence of stalking) among other relevant sections against them. We may arrest them soon, the police official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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