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BJP MPs to Chidu: Stop discussions on Aadhaar in panel

In a controversial move, on Wednesday, several BJP members in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs asked its chairman P Chidambaram to stop discussions on the subject of privacy and national security of Aadhaar.A united opposition strongly objected to the BJP’s move in the committee meeting on Wednesday, highly-placed sources said.”The Committee was strongly divided on the issue with BJP members on one side and all the opposition parties’ members on the other side. The opposition was unequivocal in its stand that the subject matter on Aadhaar cannot be set aside or withdrawn. The meeting ended without any headway,” the source said.A BJP member was of the opinion that the subject can also be taken up by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, but the opposition members refused the proposition.Before taking up the issue in the meeting, about five to six BJP MPs — all members of the standing committee — had written a letter to Chidambaram, asking him to recuse himself from the matter, since he represented Jairam Ramesh as a counsel, who has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court on Aadhaar, sources added.A committee member said, the committee already has had four meetings on the same subject matter of privacy and security of Aadhaar, but did not face any issues by the BJP.

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CBI officer held for illicit Tatkal software scam

The CBI busted a railway ticketing racket on Wednesday by arresting one of its own programmers. The scam impacted lakhs of citizens across the country as many failed to get confirmed tickets, especially tatkal ones, because of it. It also exposes the vulnerability of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) software.Ajay Garg, an assistant programmer with the CBI since 2012, was arrested from Delhi. His associate Anil Kumar Gupta was nabbed from Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur and is being brought to Delhi on transit remand.The agency has registered a case of criminal conspiracy under Sections of the Information Technology Act for making an illegal railway ticketing software. The accused had developed a tatkal (ticketing at short notice) software with distributor Gupta. They sold the software to tour and travel operators across the country.Travel operators using this software booked tickets in advance and created a shortage.Garg received payments through Bitcoin and hawala routes. Before joining the CBI, he worked as a programmer with the IRCTC from 2007 to 2011, and knew the vulnerabilities of the ticketing software of the Railways. Garg knew that the software used by the Railways allowed him to book hundreds of tickets in the morning. He used 800 to 1,000 customer IDs at one go.The CBI has also identified 10 travel agents who were using this software. They include three of Mumbai and seven of Jaunpur.Garg was using proxy and foreign servers to remove any trail.It was also alleged that Garg was collecting money for the use of the software by certain booking agents and had amassed huge wealth. It was also revealed that Gupta on behalf of Garg was allegedly receiving money from dealers for the use of the software through Bitcoin and hawala networks.Searches were conducted at 14 places, including Delhi, Mumbai and Jaunpur, which resulted in recoveries of Rs 89.42 lakh, gold jewellery valued at Rs 61.29 lakh, 15 laptops, 15 hard disks, 52 mobile phones, 24 SIM cards, 10 notebooks, 6 routers, 4 dongles, 19 pen drives and other incriminating material from the premises of the accused and others.

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UNICEF calls for action to end digital divide across the world

Only 15% people have access to the Internet in the least-developed countries, a UNICEF report has revealed.In developed countries, an estimated 81 per cent people use Internet, the report covering 24 countries, including India, in 2017 said.Digital divide do not merely separate the connected from the unconnected, they go deeper concerning how people, including youth and children, use Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a UNICEF spokesperson said after launching the report here last week.The report quoted data from world’s wealthiest countries to show that ICT experience has a huge impact on the wages of labourers in countries like Australia and US. Adults without ICT experience were likely to earn less.”Other studies of adult population in countries such as India and Tunisia reflect similar findings,” the report said.Also readHere’s how researchers are looking to provide high-speed internet at low costThe report said while about 29% of youth, in the age group of 15-24 years, (346 million individuals), don’t have access to the Internet, the situation is almost opposite in the case of children.Just about 30 per cent of children, below 15 years, have access to the digital media across the globe, the report said.Also readGoogle for India: Tech giant unveils ‘Oreo Go’ to drive Internet adoption”Children who are unconnected are missing out on rich educational resources, access to global information and online opportunities of learning. They are also forgoing ways to explore new friendships and self-expression,” it said.Calling it a digital divide, the report explained that the gap will amplify the advantage of children from wealthier backgrounds even as the poor and disadvantages ones remain deprived of opportunities.Referring to a digital gender gap, the report said, globally 12 per cent more men used the internet than women did in 2017.The report calls for faster action, focused investment and greater cooperation to protect children from the harms of a more connected world, the UNICEF spokesman said.West Bengal Women and Child Development minister Sashi Panja, who had attended the launch event last week, assured to take note of the findings and its implications on the kids here.”We will go through the contents of the report and take necessary actions based on the findings in our state,” West Bengal Women and Child Development minister Sashi Panja told PTI.

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63% plunge in foreign funding of NGOs: Govt

Foreign funding of NGOs has plunged by 63 per cent as the Centre has been coming down heavily against erring organisations and putting several international donors under the lens for working against the country’s interests.In the year 2016-17, Rs 6,499 crore poured in from abroad in different organisations, this was a sharp dip from Rs 17,773 crore in 2015-16.In 2014-15, Indian NGOs received Rs 15,299 crore from foreign donors.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cancelled registration of 4,842 NGOs banning their foreign funding for not filing their annual returns under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010.The latest data on foreign funding of NGOs was given to Parliament on Wednesday.Soon after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014 intelligence agencies were told to identify advocacy groups that were receiving funds from abroad and were against the interests of the nation. Several NGOs put in the category of impacting the economic stability of the country were put on the list.Intelligence agencies also listed several donors as suspicious and blacklisted them. As a result in 2015 FCRA registration of more than 8,500 organisations was cancelled. This was a big jump from 2014 when only 59 NGOs faced action while only four lost their registration in 2013.Indian NGOs received over Rs 60,000 crore between 2009-10 and 2011-12.As part of stringent measures to monitor the activities of foreign funded bodies the Home Ministry in September asked over 1,200 organisations to give details of their bank accounts that receive funds from international donors.In July the Home Ministry issued notices to 5922 organisations including top educational institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and several other religious bodies for banning their foreign funding.”Once issues of money laundering, terror funding and derailing the country’s economic growth were raised there was a massive crackdown was planned which is continuing,” said a government official.Sources said many of the NGOs that faced the action were among the highest paid ones but did not file annual returns. Many of these were repeat offenders and failed to file their annual returns on foreign funding for four years between 2010-11 and 2014-15 despite constant reminders from the Home Ministry. All organisations are required to submit their annual return within nine months of the closure of the financial year.DIPPING NUMBERSIn 2016-17, Rs 6,499 crore poured in from abroad in different organisations, as opposed to Rs 17,773 crore in 2015-16. In 2014-15, Indian NGOs received Rs 15,299 crore.

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IIT B leads the way, bags most offers in first phase of placements

Keeping its earlier clout in campus placements intact, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), recorded the highest number of offers amongst all IITs in the first phase of placements held between December 1 and December 16, 2017.As per the figures released by the institute, a total of 1011 job offers (including a 100 pre placement offers) were rolled out to the students at the institute during the first phase. Of this, 911 offers were accepted. With this, IIT-B leaps ahead of other IITs with more offers in its kitty. “IIT Bombay has been consistently preferred as the top destination amongst the recruiters. The rise in the number of International offers and the PPOs were some of the highlights of the phase-1 of placements.Phase-2 is expected to add in some more numbers” said the spokesperson at the institute.IIT-Kanpur also saw a very successful phase I with 890 offers including pre-placement offers (PPOs) in the first phase. At IIT Madras, a total of 877 students were placed in the first phase that ended on December 10. IIT Roorkee saw 843 offers made by 205 companies that visited the campus until December 15.The average cost-to-company (CTC) for the domestic offers at IIT Bombay is 13.60 lakhs per annum while the gross salary is 11.50 lakhs per annum. For International offers, the CTC offered was 43.5 lakhs per annum while the gross salary was 40 lakhs per annum.This year, over 65 international offers came in the first few days at IIT B with some of the prominent companies being- Uber, Microsoft-Redmond, Samsung and Goldman Sachs.More PSU offersMost IITs saw a great number of Public sector undertaking companies like ONGC, ISRO, UIDAI coming to hire in the first phase. At IIT B, a total of 21 offers were made by three PSUs in the first phase. IIT Roorkee also saw the participation of 5 PSUs in the first phase. “This time, the number of PSUs hiring at the institute have gone up considerably as compared to the last time. The profiles and packages offered are also better than last year” said Prof Tom Matthew, Professor in charge of placements at IITB.Start-ups on a rollA good number of start-ups came to IIT campuses this year, after the ban was lifted this year. A total of 32 start-ups made 85 offers to IIT Madras students. Most of the start-ups were looking to recruit for the Analytics / IT job profiles. At IIT Roorkee, 37 startups came to the campus in the first phase. Several prominent start-ups like Zomato and Pay U visited IIT Kanpur this placement season.

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Rajya Sabha passes IIM Bill, granting more autonomy to institutes

The upper house of Parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Autonomy Bill, that seeks to give power to grant degrees instead of diplomas to these institutions.The Bill that gives more autonomy to IIMs, declares the 20 IIMs as institutes of national importance. Under this Bill the autonomy envisaged to IIMs is greater than that of other higher education institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).The Bill says, the Board of Governors will be the executive body of each IIM, comprising up to 19 members. It will also nominate 17 board members including eminent persons, faculty members and alumni. The remaining two members will be nominees from the central and state governments, respectively. The Board will also appoint its own Chairperson.During the discussion on the bill in Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal supported the bill but questioned the lack of similar reforms in IITs and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Congress leader Jairam Ramesh questioned how board of Directors will be appointed and asked the government to describe how they plan the transition between the current boards at IIMs and the Board of Governors as proposed in the new bill. He also asked what would be the criteria for appointment of these governors.As per the Bill, the Board of Governors will appoint the Director of each IIM. A search committee will recommend names for the post of the Director. The Director is eligible for variable pay, to be determined by the Board.The Academic Council of each IIM will determine the — academic content, criteria and process for admission to courses; and guidelines for the conduct of examinations.A coordination forum will be set up, which will include representation from the 20 IIMs. It will discuss matters of common interest to all IIMs.Currently, the central government has a role in the functioning of IIMs which includes the appointment of the Chairperson of their Boards, their Directors and pay to the Director.

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Man hacks film producer’s comp, arrested

The DN Nagar police arrested a 29-year-old youth for allegedly hacking the website of Bollywood film producer Gaurang Doshi, and stealing data from the server to damage the reputation of the company. The police tracked the accused by tracing the Internet Protocol address.According to police, a website belonging to Gaurang Doshi Productions Private Limited, was allegedly hacked on December 15 after which Anand Bansal, 31, administrator of the company approached the DN Nagar police to file a complaint. Doshi has produced ‘Aankhen’, ‘Deewar ‘ Let’s Bring Our Heroes Home’ and ‘Sandstrom’ among others in the past. In a statement to the police, it has been alleged that an unidentified person hacked the website server and managed to get access to the e-mails and the bank account details of the film producer.The police on Monday at 10 pm arrested Bhavik Shah, a website designer under sections 420(cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and under section 66 (Hacking with the computer system) of the Information Technology Act.“The server had various details of the actor and its transactions with the different companies. We are probing if the accused used the information to share it with the rival companies for personal benefits. The accused was traced through the IP address used to hack into the servers of the website used by the film producer.”, said a DN Nagar police officer.“The accused has been remanded into police custody for one day and we have sent the seized electronic equipments to the Kalina Forensic and Science Laboratory for analysis,” said Parmeshwar Ganame, Senior Police Inspector, DN Nagar police station.MODUS OPERANDIA website belonging to Gaurang Doshi Productions Private Limited, was allegedly hacked on December 15. An unidentified person hacked the website server and got access to emails

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Work to integrate Brahmos on 40 Sukhoi aircraft begins

Work has begun to integrate the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.The air-launched variant of the Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, was successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet on November 22, marking a major milestone to enhance the precision strike capability of the air force.The work to integrate the Brahmos missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft has begun. A timeline for the project is being set, official sources said without elaborating.it is learnt that the project is expected to be completed by 2020.The fleet of 40 Sukhoi jet will undergo structural modifications at the state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for integration of the missile on them.The 2.5-ton missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.Also readAfter supersonic success of BrahMos, DRDO to make its booster motor in IndiaThe range of the missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year.Brahmos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft.Once the project to integrate the weapon on the combat fleet was over, the IAF capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target in sea or land is expected to go up manifold.”It is a very important project considering IAF’s evolving requirement to boost air power when the possibility of a two-front war cannot be ruled out,” said an official.Also readDeal that wasn’t: No, India has not sold Brahmos missile to VietnamAfter the test firing of the air-launched version, the IAF had said the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30 aircraft will give the force a strategic reach and will allow it to dominate the ocean and the battle fields.The integration of the missile on Sukhoi aircraft is a very complex process involving mechanical, electrical and software modifications of the Su-30 jet.Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.Also readWATCH: Mind-blowing footage of Indian Navy test-firing BrahMos missile will strike fear into India’s enemies

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2 IIT-B students told to help out at animal NGO

In what might be the first-of-its-kind step taken by an educational institution in the city, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay asked two of its students to serve a total 72 hours of community service with animal welfare organisations after they were found guilty of being party to an animal cruelty case.As per sources in IIT-B, the incident took place on the campus last year and a disciplinary committee was set up immediately to investigate it. While the committee did not charge the main accused due to lack of evidence, two students, who were found guilty of abetting the crime were sentenced to carry out community service.Shakuntala Majumdar, President of Thane SPCA said, “They were given tasks from cleaning animal enclosures to cutting vegetables and even assisting in providing medical treatment for injured animals,” she said, adding that the person clearly seemed shocked to see and learn the animal suffering and even narrated how he developed a change of heart.Majumdar is also planning to write to the University and other major institutions to take strict action against students found involved in animal cruelty cases as well as those abetting or supporting it.

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Nagpada social worker abused on Facebook

The Nagpada police are on the lookout for an unknown person who harassed a Nagpada-based female social worker on a social media site by sending her obscene videos and photos. According to the police, the stalker whose profile name was ‘Shoaib’ befriended a woman on Facebook and started chatting with her. The police said, the accused also managed to get her mobile number and send her lewd messages, and forced her to talk with him. Initially, the victim warned the accused, however, the accused continued harassing. He also sent obscene video clips and pictures. The police claimed that this continued for a week following which the woman approached the police and lodged a complaint. “We have registered a case and are probing the matter further. The accused seems to be knowing her as he had managed to get her mobile number and had also called her once,” said a police officer from Nagpada police station. The police have registered a case under section 354 (molestation) of Indian Penal Code and 67 D(sexual harassment) of Information Technology Act.

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BMC, Central Railway seek IIT aid to check track-flooding

After they failed to finalise an amicable solution to widen drains at six chronic waterlogging locations on the Central Railway, the BMC and the CR have now sought the help of the Indian Institute of Technology to address technical difficulties.BMC’s stormwater drain department and the CR were wary of the method to be used for widening the drains at Currey road, Chinchpokli, Mulund and three locations between Sion and Kurla. These areas see severe waterlogging every monsoon which affects CR services.While the CR wants the civic body to widen the drains only through micro-tunneling, two metres below the tracks so that rail traffic is not affected, BMC says the method is technically unfeasible.”We have decided to take help of IIT to help us to find an amicable solution. We have already written to IIT’s civil engineering department and will hold a joint meeting soon”, said SWD department’s Chief Engineer V Khandkar.

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Huge diplomatic triumph for India, gets entry in elite weapons group Wassenaar Arrangement

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) has decided to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies.The decision was taken at the two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna yesterday.”Wassenaar Arrangement participating states reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary meeting to admit India which will become the Arrangement’s 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed,” the grouping said in a statement.India’s entry into the export control regime would enhance its credentials in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The WA membership is also expected to build up a strong case for India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).Significantly, China, which stonewalled India’s entry into the 48-nation NSG is not a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement.The Wassenaar Arrangement plays a significant role in promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.Its member countries are required to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals. The aim is also to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists.In June last year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), another key export control regime, as a full member.Since its civil nuclear deal with the US, India has been trying to get into export control regimes such as the NSG, the MTCR, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement that regulate the conventional, nuclear, biological and chemicals weapons and technologies.French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler congratulated India on “joining” the Wassenaar Arrangement.”One more recognition, after MTCR, of the growing role India plays in today’s world,” he said.In the plenary session, the WA reaffirmed its strong support for robust export controls on a global basis as an important tool for ensuring international peace and stability.It also adopted new export controls in a number of areas, including military explosives and specific electronic components.”Existing controls were further clarified regarding ground stations for spacecraft, submarine diesel engines, technology related to intrusion software, software for testing gas turbine engines, analogue-to-digital converters, non- volatile memories and information security,” the grouping said in the statement at the end of the two-day meeting.The next regular plenary meeting of WA will be held in Vienna in Austria in December 2018, it was announced.

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22-year-old ‘stalker’ held for Insta posts

Thane city police on Tuesday night arrested a 22-year-old, Darsh Satra, for allegedly harassing and stalking a 19-year-old girl through multiple fake Instagram accounts. The accused created over 16 emails accounts and sent more than 400 emails to the victim.According to police, the spate of emails were sent from June 2016 to May 2017. Initially, a case was registered against unidentified persons, after which the police launched a probe and collected over 400 emails. Thane Police department, along with their cybercell, traced the mails to 21-year-old Ashutosh Gotpal, a resident of Nagpada in Mumbai and arrested him on June 18.Satra was arrested on Tuesday. As per the police, Gotpal and Satra are friends and college mates. “The motive was harassment through fake Instagram accounts and by posting defamatory posts mentioning the girl. She blocked many of the unidentified mail accounts, but they continued to harass her,” said Inspector Sanjay Dhumal of Naupada police station, adding, “We have arrested Satra under sections of the Information Technology Act, and he has been remanded to judicial custody.”
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Technology helping women entrepreneurs tremendously: Ivanka Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The United States President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump on Wednesday said technology held an immense potential in the present scenario to help women entrepreneurs grow in both – their personal and professional lives.”Technology offers a tremendous opportunity to women entrepreneurs, and we are seeing that in terms of the explosive global and domestic growth,” Ivanka Trump said, while addressing the plenary session on the topic “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” at the 8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), in Hyderabad.She also said that technology had helped reduce barriers and was empowering and enabling women to become more flexible. ALSO READ GES 2017: India falls in love with Ivanka Trump”Technology is a great driver of entrepreneurship because a lot of women are leaving and saying this doesn’t work for me. It is emboldening them to go out on their own. It is reducing barriers to starting new businesses, and creating flexibility around schedule,” Ivanka Trump maintained.She also lauded the efforts made by women and women entrepreneurs to manage both their personal and professional lives, concluding that the way ahead required a fundamental change.”One of the reasons we are seeing an explosion of women’s entrepreneurship is because traditional workplaces often haven’t worked for us. We are disproportionately providing unpaid care, while also needing to support our families financially,” the 36-year-old businesswoman remarked. ALSO READ You inspire us: Ivanka Trump hails the journey of India”These cultural, social, work institutions were not set up with the assumption that there would be two parents in the workforce. So we just have to fundamentally change things. It is starting to happen in the corporate world,” she concluded.Also present at the session were state cabinet minister for IT E&C KT Rama Rao; ICICI Bank, Managing Director and CEO, Chanda Kochhar; Cherie Blaire and Karen Quintos.

Sanjay Roye is the new flag officer for Guj Naval Area

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye took over the reins of the Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area from Rear Admiral Sandeep Beecha, as its third Flag Officer Commanding Gujarat Naval Area (FOGNA), at a ceremonial parade held at its headquarters on Monday.Prior to this appointment, he was serving as the Project Director (Operations and Training) at Advance Technology Vessel Project headquarters at New Delhi. He had joined the NDA in 1983 and was commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1986. A recipient of the coveted ‘Binoculars’ and ‘CNS Gold Medal’ for being adjudged the ‘Best All-round Cadet’ and ‘First in Order of Merit’ during cadet’s and midshipman training respectively, he has commanded Indian Naval Submarines Sindhurakshak, Sindhuraj and Chakra.FOGNA is responsible to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command for all naval operations in Gujarat Daman and Diu Naval Area, security of its coast and Offshore Development Areas.

NDA topper Shivansh Joshi chooses country over comfort, doesn’t take IIT admission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare move, Shivansh Joshi a 17-year-old youngster from Uttarakhand chose to serve the country by choosing to join NDA over IIT, which would’ve allowed him to spend a lucrative life.Joshi from Uttarakhand topped the NDA entrance exam and told Hindustan Times: “Serving the country has been my objective since childhood. The love for the country runs in the blood of youngsters of Uttarakhand and I feel fortunate to be living my dream now.” From Ramnagar, the bright youngster scored 96.8% in his Class XII and ha also cracked the JEE advanced which all but guaranteed a place in a prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).However, Shivansh’s dream was to join the armed forces and on November 25 he realised that he had topped the UPSC.. Son of Sanjeev Joshi who works at LIC and Tanuja Joshi, a government primary school teacher, the prodigious youngster didn’t undergo any coaching. The schedule included studying, playing football, reading books and an overall well-balanced life.Showing pride in Uttarakhand he added: “I am extremely proud and fortunate to come from a state, which has given the nation people such as national security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and General Bipin Rawat, the chief of Army staff. I too want to dedicate my life for the security and pride of the country.” His father now wants his younger son to join the defence services as well.

NTA to hold NEET, JEE from Dec 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Testing Agency (NTA) — Centre’s one-point agency for conducting all entrance examinations — will conduct first tests from December 2018, for the academic year 2019. The task of setting up the agency has been assigned to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur which has already begun work on hiring subject experts.To begin with, they will conduct NEET and JEE next year, the entrance exams that were so far conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). After the formation of NTA , JEE will be conducted twice a year.The Union Cabinet recently gave its nod to setting up of the agency which was announced in this year’s budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.”IIT Kanpur has already been assigned the task of setting up the agency and they have started with forming a team of subject experts in various fields and technical experts to design the question papers. The agency will be able to conduct first examination in December next year,” said a senior official.According to sources in the ministry, the agency will have people from the private sector as well including experts in particular subjects and IT experts to make sure that the tests are conducted online, in a hassle-free manner.Subject experts will create a question bank that will be used for the exam. “Creating a question bank, ideating and managing the online system are the key points that we are will be done by NTA,” the official added.

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.

Housewife shares OTP number six times to lady conman, gets duped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 47 year old housewife allegedly became the victim of Credit card fraud after she gave One Time Password (OTP) six times to a female caller. The woman did not realize that the money from her credit card was being siphoned off. The woman lost Rs 44,999 in six transactions made by the fraudster. The Manpada police have registered a case of cheating in this regard.According to police, the woman, a Sion resident was at her Dombivli residence when she received a call from an unknown woman. The woman allegedly convinced the housewife that she was from her credit card company and wanted to unblock the card. The female caller later went ahead to seek OTP from the woman.”The complainant woman had panicked after getting the call after which she gave the OTP number to the female caller. Total of six transactions were completed until the victim learnt about the fraud.”, said a Manpada police officer.”We have registered a case of cheating of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. We have forwarded the complaint to the Cyber Cell for tracing the contact number and verifying the bank account details”, said the officer.

Govt ignored solution on stubble burning: JNU team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of researchers at Jawaharlal Nehru University had found a workable solution to stubble burning — which is conducting pyrolysis of the stubble waste in absence of oxygen, inside a closed place to create a fertilizer-like substance called Biochar out of it, instead of burning the waste in open. The project was assigned by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, but the government itself has failed to act upon this solution. The team had submitted the report on the plan last year itself but there is no progress on implementing the plan. Explaining the process, Professor Dinesh Mohan from JNU, who was a part of the team, told DNA, “If the stubble waste is burnt inside closed furnaces in absence of oxygen, it will produce a substance called Biochar, which is extremely useful for the soil in many ways. It canw improve soil quality, act as an agent to retain water and even cut down harmful effects of chemical fertilizers. By discarding the waste this way, there will be a dual advantage – there will not be any pollution and we can get a usable substance.”“We came up with this solution to stubble burning and have already submitted our report to the Department of Science and Technology, but they have not acted upon the solution at the policy level so far,” he added.“We suggested that the government can give incentives to farmers for conducting pyrolysis of stubble, instead of burning it in the open. They can either take the waste to factories where the process happens in furnaces at a large level. Industries will have to come forward for this. The other way of doing it is by constructing a completely covered mud hut-kind of structure under which the waste is burned without oxygen. Either way, it is not a very difficult thing to do, but needs some initiation from the policy makers,” said Professor Mohan.Upon burning one tonne of straw, 3kg particulate matter is produced which contains 60kg carbon monoxide, 1460kg of carbon dioxide and 199kg ash, the team found while researching on the bad effects of stubble burning.According to the research, stubble burning also deteriorates the nutritional value of soil and leads to 100 percent carbon loss, 90 percent nitrogen loss, 25 percent phosphorus loss and 60 percent sulphur loss. Formation of biochar is known for restoring the nutrient loss in soil as well, which is why scientists are considering it as the best solution.REMEDIAL STEPSBiochar can be made either at an industrial level inside furnaces or by farmers with a structure of mud.
Stubble needs to be burnt inside a closed chamber in absence of oxygen, which will convert the stubble into Biochar instead of ash. Biochar helps improve soil quality

Kids visit NSE, share ideas on how biz can help protect child rights

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>​A group of children shared their ideas on how businesses can ensure protection and promotion of children’s rights at ​the ​National Stock Exchange on ​Children’s Day.​ Children from NGOs such as Nine is Mine and Ashramshalas raised their voice for protecting the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children​, and later also rang the bell at NSE​.The children also presented interpretations of Child Rights and Sustainable Development Goals and what they mean for children. According to the kids, ‘all rights are children rights’. While Right To Education is an important right, they feel Right To Information and Freedom of Expression too are important for them.Henriette Ahrens, Deputy Representative – Programmes, UNICEF India said, “One very important right for children is their right to participate. They are the most influential change agents. We believe that children are not only the future but also a big part of the change we need to bring. We try to learn from them too.”The private sector can play a significant role in ensuring every child has a fair start in life. “There are NGOs coming forward to help us while we are in school but they need to make our future bright by helping us get higher education,” said class 10 student Gulam Shah.“Many students in tribal areas have potential to perform but are not explored properly. The private sector should involve social causes more in tribal areas so that the children from the tribal regions like adivasi community gets a platform to show their talent,” said student Prakash Mali.“I never saw Sustainable Development Goals with a perspective of child rights. There are lack of facilities. Giving a facility is not important but looking at what is necessary for the child is. People look at girl child education has a single topic but there are many issues which needs to be explored. The private sector also has limited resources,” said Anurag Pratap, CSR Leader, Capgemini Technology Services Limited.

Maharashtra must pay Rs 100 cr to restore Ulhas without delay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major victory for NGO Vanashakti and environmentalists fighting for protection of Ulhas river, while hearing the river pollution matter on Tuesday, the Supreme Court made the Maharashtra Chief Secretary Maharashtra give an undertaking that it will disburse Rs 100 crore for the restoration of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers.In fact, the SC bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta directed the State Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick to make a decision on the payment then and there in the court without any further delay, after which he agreed, and it was decided that the entire sum will be paid within two months with the first tranche of Rs 50 crore paid within four weeks.Zaman Ali, counsel for Vanashakti said this is a landmark decision, as it would be one of the highest compensation ordered by the SC to be paid by a government for environmental violations.”The bench was clearly very disappointed, as there were no steps being taken by concerned authorities to stop the irregularities and pollution of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers,” he said.”In fact, when the state government on Tuesday asked for an additional three years for the restoration of the rivers, the bench rejected the plea, pointing out that they have done nothing over the past two years despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order for restoration,” said Ali, adding that the state had clearly been only seeking extensions and not even following their own deadlines that they have been citing in their affidavits.Meanwhile, the SC also has directed the Chief Secretary to take a decision on shutting all illegal industries immediately and action on disconnection of electricity and water supply to all jeans washing units in Ulhasnagar. “Most of these illegally operating units were directly releasing effluents in the river that had turned the water red. There was contamination of drinking water as well,” informed Ali.The amount will be deposited in an escrow account and the Chief Secretary, in suggestion with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), will use the money for implementing the rivers restoration.A senior official from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) said that the amount is the state’s commitment to improve the condition of the rivers. “MPCB has been directing the municipal corporations to strictly implement the directives to ensure that the quality of river water improves but its true that the local corporations had not been taking this issue seriously, but now with the SC orders, a lot of things will fall in place,” he said adding that MPCB has cracked on several unauthourised units and will direct the corporations to shut the illegally operating jeans washing units in Ulhasnagar.”It’s a major decision. The order comes as a big relief since we have relentlessly pursued this case for the past five years,” said Stalin D, Director, Projects Vanshakti.

Australia keen on exchange of info, ideas with Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Australia’s minister of trade and industry Martin Hamilton-Smith believes that Rajasthan is a doorway to India for exchange of information and ideas, in the same ways as the former is a doorway to Australia.“We don’t aim to set up economic zones in our sister state. Our approach is different. Our approach is to help with water, arts, and otherwise, where we can with education. It is to be helpful, to cooperate, to exchange information and idea, rather than setting up for economic zones,” Smith told DNA.“Like any other relationship, you get out of what you’ve put into it. We’ve put a lot into our relationship, and I think Rajasthan has too. But where we go from here, is up to the two states. When we want to build a relationship, we both have to contribute,” he added.He then explained that various MoUs have been signed with the Government of Rajasthan to continue the relationship.“We are building relationship on water and cooperation on water excellence and water science. We’ve opened a joint centre of excellence. We will now have experts coming from Adelaide and South Australia to India, and vice versa, and we share information and ideas. This is very important for farmers, for households, for clean water, and very important for tackling drought,” Smith said.It is to be noted that University of Adelaide currently seeking crowd funding of AUD$30,000 to fund a pilot project to develop solutions for enabling access to fresh drinking water in villages within Rajasthan.“The focus is on purification of water in the aquifer, or that has been spoilt. The focus is also on understanding the science of water so that we can have more safe portable water. India has 16 per cent of the world’s people, and only four per cent of the world’s water. In case of droughts India’s water resources will become particularly stressed. That will ruin lot of farmers,” Smith said.Resource-fullSouth Australian-based water treatment company, Hydro-dis – partnering with Malaviya National Institute of Technology to install pilot plant in one of MNIT student accommodation buildings which will enable performance testing.“South Australia has strong credentials in water management, and we’re actively looking to partner with Indian companies to help address the matter,” he said.

Cartoonist Bala arrested for ‘distasteful’ caricature of Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A freelance cartoonist was arrested today for a cartoon depicting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami allegedly in a distasteful manner over a recent family suicide related to usury.Cartoonist G Bala alias Balakrishnan was arrested in Chennai by a special Tirunelveli District Crime Branch Police team led by an inspector, a police release said. Bala, 36, was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by Tiruneveli District Collector Sandeep Nanduri, who was also caricatured in the cartoon along with the city police chief. Earlier, police sources had said the chief minister was also depicted allegedly in a distasteful manner in the cartoon whih was uploaded on a website on October 26.Protesting the arrest, Chennai Press Club announced a demonstration in the state capital tomorrow. “G Bala of Chennai has drawn distasteful cartoons about Tirunelveli District top officials and posted them on social media and in this regard the District Collector had given a complaint,” the release said. Based on the complaint, a case had been registered on November 1 under Indian Penal Code Section 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) and under the Information Technology Act, it said, adding following investigation Bala was arrested.The cartoon was uploaded on a website on October 26, days after a man and his wife set themselves and their two kids afire at the Tirunelveli Collectorate complex allegedly due to harassment by a money-lender. While the woman and her two children died on the day of the incident on October 23, the man succumbed to injuries later. The incident drew widespread condemnation from political parties and civil society groups over usury. Family head Muthu resorted to the extreme step as the money-lender was harassing him demanding more money despite him having returned Rs 2.34 lakh, including interest, for a loan of Rs 1.40 lakh, his brother had alleged.The police had later arrested three persons, including the financier and his wife, in connection with the incident. After the incident, Palaniswami said the state had in 2003 enacted a legislation against charging of exorbitant interest rates by money-lenders. He had directed the district collectors and police officials to act swiftly on any complaint related to usury.

Now, no more Multani mitti packs for Taj Mahal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has withdrawn the decades-long conservational method of applying Multani mitti (or Fuller’s earth) on the surface of the Taj Mahal. The reason, officials of the conservation body said, is that the scaffolding on the monument has been damaging the structure.An official from the ASI headquarters said that the scaffolding around the dome of the Taj Mahal could damage the facade, and so, the ASI will go ahead only after expert opinion on the matter, likely from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).However, an official from the Agra Circle of the ASI said that the work has been stopped because of tourist season. “Work on the minarets has been completed, and we have halted the work on the domes simply because we are in the midst of tourist season. The ASI has received several requests from different tourist agencies to this effect,” said Dr Bhuvan Vikrama, superintendent archaeologist, Agra Circle.He added that while the mud pack has been used on the surface of the Taj for years, it has mostly been used under the arch. “This time, the exercise is extensive as we are now using it on the entire surface of the monument. The process is likely to take over two years,” said Dr Vikrama.Despite ASI’s denial, sources in the organisation said that the alarm is likely to have been set off because of damage that the minarets may have suffered. However, DNA could not independently verify this.Multani mitti was first used by the ASI in 2001-03 on the Taj’s marble surface to get rid of “accretionary deposit”. The clay, which has refined aluminium silicate, is applied on the surface in the form of a semi-liquid paste, left to dry and flake out on it own, as per data from National and International Council For Scientific Research, under the Center for Human Resource Development and Scientific Research.

Raghuram Rajan in list of probables for this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He is one of the six economists on the list of probable winners complied by Clarivate Analytics, a company that does academic and scientific research and maintains a list of dozens of possible Nobel Prize winners based on research citations.The entry to the list does not guarantee that Rajan is a front-runner but he is a probable who stands a chance to win.Rajan, whose three year term as Reserve Bank Governor ended on September 4, 2016, is considered a candidate for his “contributions illuminating the dimensions of decisions in corporate finance”, Clarivate said.The Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced on Monday.According to Clarivate Analytics, the list of possible Nobel Prize winners based on research citations include Colin Camerer of the California Institute of Technology and George Loewenstein of Carnegie Mellon University (for pioneering research in behavioural economics and in neuroeconomics); Robert Hall of Stanford University (for his analysis of worker productivity and studies of recessions and unemployment); and Michael Jensen of Harvard, Stewart Myers of MIT and Raghuram Rajan of the University of Chicago (for their contributions illuminating the dimensions of decisions in corporate finance).Rajan, who at 40 was the first non-western and the youngest to become the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, shot to big fame three years after he predicted a financial crisis at an annual gathering of economists and bankers in the US in 2005.He was appointed RBI Governor by the previous UPA government in 2013 and although he wanted a second term he was not offered an extension, which most of his predecessors got, by the current NDA regime.He is currently the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Tech centre to cater to needs of forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first of its kind in India, the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Delhi is setting up a National Police Technology Development Centre (NPTDC) to meet the technological needs of the police forces for better coordination, combating terror attacks and gathering intelligence on the ground.The technology centre will be under the aegis of BPR&D and is being set up on direction of Ministry of Home Affairs. It will act as a national nodal resource centre for technology applications in police, mandated to identify, develop standards, provide appropriate technology based solutions and present a road map for implementation of identified projects.A senior IPS officer explained that the idea to set up the technology centre is based on the various police research centres in the US and European countries. In Canada, the Canadian Police Research Centre meets the needs of law enforcement agencies in terms of research and development. Similarly, in the US, there is national Institute of Justice to fulfill the special technologies needs for state and local law enforcement agencies and foster technology research and development. Meeran C. Borwankar, the Director General of BPR&D during national-level conference on technology last month emphasized the importance of technology and taking the community along for better policing.

Digital evaluation: Gaps exposed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a development that might be the last nail sealing the exit of Mumbai University Vice Chancellor Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, a report submitted by the state government’s Department of Information and Technology has pointed out several lapses in the tendering process for the Onscreen Marking (OSM) system. The report submitted recently to the office of the Governor points out that the university, under the VC, did not follow due procedure for a transition of this magnitude, which led to a series of glitches and delays. The office of the governor had ordered an audit of the process after the University had failed to declare all its results before the July 31 deadline. Following this, officials from the government’s IT department including the IT Director M Sankaranarayanan and a few other officials had visited the Kalina campus of the University in the last week of July for a review of the OSM process.A detailed report regarding this was recently submitted to the governor.The report points out that the university did not consult the IT department in the whole tendering process, thus bypassing several standard procedures.“Some officials of the department had visited the campus in the last week of July. A detailed report about the findings has been submitted to the government. The findings reveal that the university lacked background work before undertaking the task of this magnitude,” said a government source. As per the source, “The report points out concerns over the involvement of three unconnected agencies — the university’s examination department; MeritTrack, the agency which was given the tender; and a private agency that was assigned the job of scanning without integrating the three, which might have led to glitches like mixing of papers.”DNA had earlier reported about the university not signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MeritTrack. With this report, the road ahead for Deshmukh seems tougher.MU MASSACREThe report submitted to the Governor’s office points out that the university did not follow due procedure for the transition.
The Governor’s office had ordered an audit of the process after the university failed to declare all results.

IIM Calcutta and govt to hunt for 50 solutions to transform India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) has aligned with the government’s Startup India initiative to launch ‘Smart Fifty -50 Solutions To Transform India.’ Businesses from Singapore and north America will also be looped in for the initiative.The project, being carried out in association with the Department of Science and Technology, will identify, recognise and reward aspiring and early-stage entrepreneur participants to present solutions that are SMART (Sustainable, Motivating, Affordable, Responsible and Transformative). The entrepreneurs have to come up with innovative solutions to transform India from a socio-economic perspective.Organisers say that in the beginning, around 3,000 selected participants will receive startup kits and get to attend knowledge sessions. Of these 3,000 participants, 400 of them will be selected and they will get access to mentoring, funding and incubation opportunities. Through this platform, entrepreneurs and innovators will be able to network strategically and access seed funding.Of the 400, organisers say that 40 SMART solutions will be selected from the regional or quarter final rounds (quarter-finals) while 10 such innovations will be chosen in the international rounds (Singapore, North America). These will make up the SMART 50.The SMART 50 will get to attend structured multi-day Boot camp at IIM Calcutta Campus. Following this, a jury in the semi-finals will identify 10 innovators for the grand finale. The ten will then compete in Delhi before the jury selects the top three winning ideas.Funding for top 50Top 50 entrepreneurs will receive a seed grant of Rs 4 lakhs each, the Top 10 entrepreneurs will pitch for a total funding of Rs 10 crore.

Centre to decide minimum ecological flow of Ganga

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre will soon decide on the minimum environmental flow that needs to be maintained in River Ganga between Gaumukh and Haridwar. A three-member expert body constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation presented a draft policy paper on the issue to officials from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on September 11. The ministry has now sought comments from the states on the draft policy paper.The three-member expert body consists of Sharad Jain, Director, National Institute of Hydrology, Nityanand Rai of Central Water Commission and Professor AK Gosain, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Jain and Rai are also a part of the environment ministry’s expert appraisal panel that clears or rejects river valley and hydroelectric projects.According to top officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, once the e-flow is finalised, the existing hydropower projects in the upper reaches of Ganga, such as Maneri Bhali and Vishnuprayag, may have to reduce their power generation. Maneri Bhali Stage-I is the oldest project commissioned on Bhagirathi river, one of the two headstreams of Ganga, and has an installed capacity of 90MW. The proposed hydel projects, meanwhile, may have to incorporate design changes if they had not accounted for minimum e-flow, top officials said. There are nearly 100 dams proposed on Bhagirathi and Alaknanda, with a total capacity of over 6,000 MW.Environmental flow is the amount of water essential for the river to perform its ecological functions at a given time; it also social and cultural significance. The final outcome of the policy paper will thus have an impact on a host of things ranging from the government’s flagship Namami Gange project, existing and proposed hydel dams in Uttarakhand and irrigation facilities across Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Aviral Dhara (continuous flow) is one of the key components of the Namami Gange project.

Uber sorry for ‘Wife Appreciation Day’ promotion

The company urged customers to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen”.

Man booked for sending lewd text on LinkedIn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been registered against the manager of a healthcare company after he sent lewd messages to a 24-year-old woman on LinkedIn, a social media platform meant for professionals. The accused, identified as 35-year-old Prakas Bist, allegedly asked the woman to get intimate with him in return for money.According to the Saki Naka police, the accused befriended the woman on the social media site before harassing her by sending objectionable content via messages. The police said the woman received a message from the accused on Thursday morning, demanding sexual favours from her in return for money and also said that he will give her more “clients”. She took screenshots of the messages and tweeted it to Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle. The police directed her to Saki Naka police station to lodge a complaint.”A case has been registered against the accused under relevant sections of Information Technology Act and the Indian Penal Code. Our probe is on to track down the accused,” said Avinash Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector, Saki Naka police station.

Govt edu institutes not in top 50 of swachhta list: HRD Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Thursday announced Swacchta Rankings for higher education institutions, declaring cleanest campuses across the country. As per the rankings, private institutions have performed better than government institutions.These rankings were shared to encourage on-campus sanitation activities.Ministry sources, however, said that there was a lukewarm response from prominent higher education institutions. No prominent institution other than IIT Guwahati featured in the list.This lukewarm response from prominent institutions comes after a similar lack of interest from top institutions to the digital literacy campaign VISAKA, which was launched by the ministry after demonetisation. The ministry had asked institutes to engage students as volunteers for spreading digital literacy in December 2016. Later, they honoured the top 20 institutes that performed. However, none of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), or other prominent institutes made it to the list.For Swachhta rankings, institutes were listed in four separate categories — University, Colleges, Technical institutions, and Government institutions. Among universities, OP Jindal University, Sonepat, has bagged the first position and been declared the cleanest campus in the country. Most institutions on the list are from Tamil Nadu.The fact that government institutions did not take the drive seriously was recognised by the HRD minister as well. While announcing the rankings, he said, “No government institution had made it to the top 50 of the university category, which is why we had to create a separate category for them,” Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister, said.In the government category, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar has topped the chart, with Madurai Kamaraj University in the second position, and IIT Guwahati in the fifth.Among colleges, Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Tamil Nadu ranked first, and among technical institutions, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, has secured the first rank.The HRD Ministry had decided to rank higher education institutions on cleanliness in June this year and asked institutions to apply for the Swachhta ranking before July 31. The ranking was done based on two components — in-campus hygiene, which carried 85 per cent weightage, and activities outside the campus.A total of 3,500 institutions from across the country participated in the rankings.

Have filed returns on time, FCRA license cancellation due to procedural lapses: IIT Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) said on Thursday that there have been certain “procedural lapses” in cancellation of its FCRA license, preventing it from receiving foreign funds.The IIT Delhi is among several hundred organisations whose registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) has been cancelled by the Home Ministry as they have failed to file their annual returns for five consecutive years.Senior officials at the institution said they were exempted from registration under the FCRA as it was set up through an Act of Parliament and is audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).”We have been filing our returns as per deadlines. There are certain procedural lapses in cancellation of the license and we will take up the issue with the Home Ministry,” IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao told PTI.Rao said the institute was receiving foreign funding through two mechanisms.”There are two accounts, one in which we receive donations form alumni and second in which we receive project funding. While we sort out the issue of the project funding license, we can continue receiving funds from alumni,” he added.”Under the FCRA norms, if an institute is set up through an Act of Parliament or a state legislature or if its accounts are audited by CAG it does not need to register under FCRA to accept foreign funding,” IIT Delhi Registrar Sandeep Chaterjee said.”Even after the exemption, we have been filing all our returns traditionally hence the question of being a defaulter on the list does not arise,” he said.

Haryana: State Cabinet says all gram panchayats will be WiFi enabled by 2019

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana Cabinet today said all gram panchayats in the state will have Wi-Fi zone within the next two years.The Cabinet, which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here, approved ‘Haryana IT and ESDM Policy-2017’, an official spokesman said.”The policy envisages one Wi-Fi zone in all 6,078 gram panchayats within two years, broadband to every household and Wi-Fi zone at important public places in all towns and cities, 4G services in every village in the next three years,” the spokesman said.The policy aims to develop Information Technology (IT) and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sectors over five years as key growth drivers, he said.The five-year goal of the draft policy includes generation of employment for 15 lakh persons in the IT-ESDM sector by 2020, increasing the sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state from 9.4 per cent to 15 per cent, and making Haryana pioneer in research and development for ESDM by producing 1,000 patents.Provision has been made under the policy for various financial incentives, simplified regulatory regime and infrastructure augmentation for different categories such as IT and ITeS, ESDM, startups, MSME backward and most backward regions and digital governance, the spokesman said.

Govt to discuss City Taxi Scheme with all stakeholders today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government is all set to discuss its much-awaited City Taxi Scheme, 2017, with all the stakeholders on Monday. The comprehensive policy aims at regulating fares and terms of services for all types of taxis plying in the city, including kali-peelis, economy radio taxis and app-based taxi aggregators, such as Ola and Uber.The meeting with the representatives of taxi unions in the city, meant to finalise the modalities of the scheme, will be chaired by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot. “The policy has been prepared. We have held discussions with the minister. This is supposed to be our final meeting with the stakeholders to apprise them of the guidelines being framed. We have tried to keep their best interests in mind while preparing the policy,” a senior Delhi government official said.The policy is intended to bring all taxis plying under the same umbrella, which will ensure the safety of passengers, especially women, the officer said.The taxi unions, however, are opposed to bringing the app-based cab services under the same policy. The auto and taxi union drivers claim the app-based cabs “affect their business” and do not hold “valid permits”.Most of the nearly dozen major auto-taxi unions in the city are affiliated with political parties, including AAP, BJP, and Congress.Kishan Verma, President of the All Delhi Auto-Taxi Transport Congress Union, said: “We may even boycott the meeting. These app-based ride services do not have permits to ply. Also, they are a threat to passenger safety as their drivers are not verified. We have held three meetings with the department officials in this regard.”Last month, DNA had reported that the scheme was likely to be bifurcated for normal taxis and technology-based aggregators. The bifurcation will mean that app-based aggregators will be able to procure permits to ply as on-demand transportation technology, with fixed fares and service benefits for employees, unlike at present.In 2014, the Delhi High Court (HC) had suspended Uber operations after one of its drivers was accused of raping a passenger.The new rules will require cab aggregators to install panic button, PSV badges, fixed hours of work, and no surge pricing. The scheme, being readied as per the Centre’s Motor Vehicles Act Amendment Bill, 2016, of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, is yet to be reviewed by Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal.PATH TO FOLLOWThe Karnataka and Maharashtra state governments had recently formulated new polices to regulate taxis and aggregators. Last year, the two state governments brought in the Karnataka On-demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016, and the Maharashtra City Taxi Scheme, 2016, respectively, to license app-based cab services.

Plane with minister onboard makes emergency landing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi to Frankfurt Air India flight with Minister of Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan, onboard, had to return to the Indira Gandhi International airport after its departure due to some technical snag on Wednesday.All 246 passengers along with the minister were then transferred to another aircraft which took off for the destination with a delay of more than four hours.According to senior officers, the incident took place, around 2:50 pm when the pilots of an Air India flight AI 121, that had departed from the Delhi airport at its scheduled time 1.34 pm, detected a technical snag in the aircraft and requested they return. As they conveyed the emergency to the Air Traffic Control, a local standby was declared on board and the aircraft was given permission to land on priority.“246 passengers were shifted to another aircraft which departed for Frankfurt at about 5.45 pm,” said an officer, adding one passenger offloaded himself.

Girl who moved SC against NEET commits suicide, Tamil Nadu CM announces ex-gratia of Rs 7 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old Dalit girl who had moved the Supreme Court against NEET-based medical examinations allegedly committed suicide. Anitha was reportedly upset after it became known that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the ambit of National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET). Daughter of a daily wage earner, Anitha dreamed of becoming a doctor.She was found hanging at her house in a village in this district, police said.The Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy announced ex-gratia of Rs 7 lakh for her. The Dalit girl had approached the apex court last month opposing a plea seeking admissions to under graduate medical courses only on the basis of the NEET score.The police said they were investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the residents held a ‘road roko’ in the village, slamming the AIADMK-led state government for the death of the girl.”District police superintendent, district collector and other senior officials are present on the spot for coordinating the legalities post the death of the girl,” a police official told PTI.The body has been taken to a government hospital for autopsy, he said.Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar told reporters that he was deeply pained by the death of the girl. Education Minister C Sengottaiyan expressed grief and anguish and said steps were being taken to prepare students for any competitive exam. He said such instances must never be repeated.DMK working president M K Stalin expressed concern over the death of the girl and called the government “inept”.”Students are the future of the nation and they should never attempt to do such things,” he said while asking the state government to own up responsibility for the death.Various political parties have been cornering the state government for its failure to get exemption from the NEET.Actor Rajinikanth also condoled the death of the teenage girl.”What has happened to Anitha is extremely unfortunate. My heart goes out to all the pain and agony she would have undergone before taking the drastic step. My condolences to her family,” he said in a tweet.VCK chief Thol Thirumavalan, a Dalit leader, expressed anguish at the death of the girl and said no student should attempt ending their lives as there were a lot of opportunities to pass examinations.Anitha had scored an impressive 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in class XII board examinations. In NEET, she did not fair well and missed out on getting a medical seat.Although she could not get admission to MBBS, she had the high score to secure the admission for several other courses, including engineering.She was even reportedly offered a seat in the prestigious state-run Madras Institute of Technology here for aeronautical engineering.

17-year-old Anitha, who led battle against NEET exemption for Tamil Nadu in SC, commits suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>17-year-old Anitha, a young Dalit girl who petitioned against NEET committed suicide at her home in Ariyalur, reported The News Minute.The 17-year-old had led a legal battle against NEET 2017 implementation in Tamil Nadu and her death came as a shock to many. The Tamil Nadu government hadn’t revised their syllabus for NEET exams which made students of the state lose out against those from CBSE and other boards.Anitha had taken the fight to the Supreme Court of India, demanding an exemption in the state.
ALSO READ Can’t exempt you, follow NEET: Supreme Court to Tamil Nadu on medical admissions On Friday, the 17-year-old killed herself after failing to get a medical seat. The daughter of a daily wage labourer (her mother passed away earlier), Anitha had scored 1176 out of 1200 in 12th Board Exams and was hell-bent on being a doctor.If her board marks had been considered for medical entrance, she would’ve been made the cut as she had 196.75 out of 200 for medical. However, her NEET scores didn’t make the cut. Even more tragically, she had secured a seat to study Aeronautical Engineering at the hallowed Madras Institute of Technology.The Tamil Nadu health minister VIjayabaskar said he was saddened by the incident, telling students not to lose hope.On August 22, the SC rejected a plea by Tamil Nadu students to exempt them from taking the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admissions to medical college this year.The apex court on Tuesday said NEET will be the only basis for admissions.The top court has asked the Tamil Nadu government to start counselling immediately and finish the process by September 4.According to an NDTV report, the Centre told the court that it can’t back Tamil Nadu’s ordinance as it would encourage other states to ignore NEET.Last year, in a call for common entrance test, NEET has replaced the All India Pre Medical Test and other tests conducted by private institution.On August 16, the medical students from Tamil Nadu moved the Supreme Court seeking directive for the state government to start medical counselling soon.This came after the NEET, which was made mandatory for admission in the MBBS and the BDS courses across India last year, got separate petitions filed at the Madras and Gujarat High Courts, where medical aspirants demanded cancellation of the NEET 2017 as the Gujarati and Tamil medium paper were allegedly tougher than the English and Hindi medium.The medical aspirants in the case are being represented by Nalini Chidambaram before the apex court.Earlier on May 24, the Madras High Court had stayed any proceedings on the NEET result.Keeping the urgency of the result in mind and the starting of counselling sessions for successful candidates in mind, the apex court has stayed the Madras High Court order.Nearly 12 lakh candidates across India had appeared for the NEET in 10 languages including English, Hindi and others.With inputs from agencies

Results will reach colleges by next week: MU to HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai University on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that in the coming week, a majority of the students will be able to collect physical results from their colleges. Advocate Rui Rodrigues appearing for the University said results for BA, BCom, BSc, Management, Technology and Law streams have been declared, and marksheets will be sent to colleges within five days.Further, admission deadline for Law CET, which was August 31 is being extended until midnight on September 5.A division bench of justices Anoop Mohta and Bharati Dangre, however, directed that the admission process for law entrance exam be extended till September 6. HC said: “Students should not suffer while trying to get admission for qualifying exams.”HC was hearing a series of petitions filed by students and the Bombay University & College Teachers Union. The court has posted the matter for further hearing on September 6.Meanwhile…Over a hundred students from the Government Law College in Churchgate found that they have been reportedly marked absent or their results were withheld by the university when the results were declared on Wednesday. “I was shocked to see that I was marked absent in a paper which I attended,” said an LLB student.

Mumbai rains: Take weather forecast seriously to minimise damages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On any given day, heavy downpour in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru has the potential to severely disrupt normal life and pose danger to the lives of those who get stranded, unaware of the impending danger coming from the sky. But, can’t we better prepare ourselves–at least most of the time–to face the danger? Sure, we can, if we care to act on the weather forecast. In the last one decade, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has gained a greater degree of precision in forecasting rains. But all too familiar joke that it won’t rain if the IMD says so still guides our action when it comes to fighting the onslaught of extreme weather conditions in India. Heeding the advice of IMD on Mumbai’s forecast, a holiday was declared for school and colleges on Wednesday in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked Mumbaikars to remain at home. But this measure was taken after the Tuesday’s rain in Mumbai which was heaviest since 2005 deluge.
ALSO READ ‘Lighthouse in the dark’: French family thanks Gurudwara for providing shelter during Mumbai rainsSpread awareness through mass mediaIf we had taken IMD forecast seriously, a lot of discomfort and pain could have been avoided. State governments should align more with the weather department and at least use mass media to make people aware of the extreme weather forecast, which would help them make arrangements to pick children, cancel avoidable trips and ensure children and old don’t get stranded on the road for many hours.
ALSO READ Mumbai Rains: 12 years on, little has changedIn western countries, people regularly check the weather forecast before making business trips or visiting places. Yes, their weather predictions are dependable and most of the time very accurate. Thankfully, things have improved in India, but we are yet to accept the change. State-of-the-art technology in IndiaWhen it comes to weather forecasting, our present systems are comparable to most of the countries in the world. “The weather forecasting systems in the country are comparable to most of the countries in the world with respect to weather forecasting,” the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S.Chowdary, said in a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on August 6, 2015. He said that during the past few years, the Earth System Science Organization-India Meteorological Department (ESSO-IMD) has been continuously improving weather prediction services in terms of accuracy, lead time and associated impact.So jokes apart, start taking IMD weather forecast seriously. Listen to the weatherman and make informed decisions before venturing out.

DNA Edit: A kashmiri start-up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those who think that power flows from the barrel of the gun and that a violent ideology is the only recourse of the disgruntled people in the Kashmir Valley, should do well to learn from the success of three Kashmiri youngsters.Abrar Yaseen, Muazzam Khursheed and Haider Pareez are sterling examples of how talent can triumph over adversities, and lead the way for innovation. The absence of formal training in Information Technology wasn’t a handicap for the trio, which is credited with rewriting the rules of the start-up game. Their venture PaperSquare, with a seed capital from pocket money, has grown big enough to cater to schools and hospitals by tapping into their software needs. Curiously, their natural aptitude, humble beginnings and entrepreneurial spirit reminds one of another Valley, the Silicon Valley, though the settings are vastly different. Regardless of the everyday violence on the ground, a section of Kashmiri youth is expressing eagerness to join the mainstream. This participation is spontaneous, one that is born out of a realisation of the futility of bloodshed. Their success in IAS exams in the last couple of years bolsters an alternative narrative of peace. These success stories need to be highlighted by both the government and the media to inspire misguided youths to take up gainful employment.

Soon, a centre for monitoring cyber threats to govt PCs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two global ransomware attacks, Maharashtra government is moving to ring-fence the cyber security infrastructure for machines on its network.In May 2016, around 150 computers in the state administrative headquarters of Mantralaya were infected by the ‘Locky’ ransomware. However, it’s systems escaped largely unscathed in this year’s Wannacry ransomware attack.The state government is now looking to strengthen its digital security infrastructure, as it moves towards a less-cash economy and digital delivery of government to citizen (G2C) services.”We are planning a (cyber security) threat monitoring system to cover machines on the state wide area network (SWAN) and other networks,” Vijay Kumar Gautam, Principal Secretary (Information Technology) told DNA. About 75,000 machines are part of the SWAN. The centre will be set up either in Mumbai or Pune by the Maharashtra State IT Corporation.”There are several hits on the system as computers access websites. The centre will identify doubtful hits based on the source or format. Analytics will be used to identify the pattern and check if there are anomalies or if it is benign. If there is something wrong, action will be taken. We will identify threats and initiate action in advance for prevention. This has become the need of the hour,” said Gautam.

Delhi High Court seeks response to probe demand into NEET illegalities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Monday sought the response of the Centre and the police on a plea seeking a court-monitored CBI/SIT probe into the alleged illegalities in the National Eligibility Entrance Test, for admission in post-graduate medical courses, held in 2016.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued notice to the National Board of Examination (NBE), the Medical Council of India, M/s Prometrics Private Ltd and the CBI on a plea which sought to hand over the case to the probe agency.The Bench also expressed concern over the delay in concluding the investigation and said, “This is a very serious matter. Therefore, the authorities need to file their status report/response in one week.”The court, which listed the matter for further hearing on September 10, was hearing a petition filed by Dr Anand Rai, who claims to be the whistleblower in the Vyapam scam. Rai, through his counsel Vaibhav Srivastava, submitted that the crime branch of Delhi Police was not competent to handle an investigation of this nature which required technical expertise.CBI’s special standing counsel Rajdeepa Behura said the police’s crime branch was already investigating the matter in which an FIR has been lodged and charge sheet filed.The FIR was lodged in February against 11 persons and the charge sheet was filed on July 9 this year under various sections of the IPC including 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) and under the Information and Technology Act.Need for expertiseThe matter has been listed for further hearing on September 10Dr Anand Rai claims to be the whistleblower in the Vyapam scam, and has said that he considers the Delhi crime branch incompetent to handle this investigation as it requires technical expertise

13 IAS officers shifted in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government today issued transfer and posting orders for 13 IAS officers, including nine additional chief secretaries (ACS) and three principal secretaries, a spokesman said. Navraj Sandhu, ACS of Development and Panchayats Department, has been posted as ACS, Co-operation Department, while Dheera Khandelwal has been posted as ACS, Environment Department, relieving Krishna Kumar Khandelwal of the charge, he said here. Sudeep Singh Dhillon, ACS, Transport Department, has been posted as ACS, Women and Child Development Department. Prashant Kumar Mahapatra has been appointed as ACS, Public Health Engineering Department, relieving Sanjeev Kaushal of the charge, the spokesman said. Mahapatra also has the charge of the Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, relieving Rajni Sekhri Sibal, he said. S K Gulati, ACS, Forests and Wild Life Department, has been posted as ACS, Fisheries Department, and Siddhi Nath Roy has been posted as Principal Secretary, Forests and Wild Life Department, the spokesman said. Krishna Kumar Khandelwal, ACS, Sports and Youth Affairs, Environment and Swaran Jayanti Celebrations departments and Principal Executive Officer, Haryana Swaran Jayanti Celebrations, has been given additional charge of the School Education Department, he said. Pranab Kishore Das is ACS, Power Department, and relieves Anurag Rastogi of the charge, the spokesman said. Sibal, ACS, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, and chairperson-cum-managing director, Haryana Minerals Ltd, New Delhi, has been posted as ACS, Science and Technology Department, he said. Roop Ram Jowel, ACS, Social Justice and Empowerment Department, has been posted as ACS, Transport Department, the spokesman said. Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Power and Irrigation Departments has been given additional charge of the Development and Panchayats vice Navraj Sandhu, he said. Ashok Khemka, Principal Secretary, Science and Technology Department, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment, the spokesman said. V Umashankar, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurugram, would assist the District Administration, Sirsa, with immediate effect, in addition to his present duties, till further orders, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.

Madras HC dismisses anticipatory bail plea of actor’s fan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today dismissed as withdrawn an anticipatory bail application filed by a fan of actor Vijay who apprehended arrest in connection with alleged online abuse of a woman journalist. When the matter came up for hearing, Ram Kumar, who filed the petition, said he was withdrawing it following which Justice P N Prakash dismissed the plea as withdrawn. Dhanya Rajndran, editor-in-chief of an online news portal, had earlier this month filed a police complaint after abusive comments were made on social media against her by several persons over her critical comments about a film of Vijay. Though she deleted the comments, these did not stop, following which she lodged a police complaint. Rajendran had to face a volley of abuse from various Twitter users who were allegedly fans of actor Vijay, who has a number of hits under his belt. City Police had filed the case against some Twitter handles, and invoked various sections of Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act 2000 and TN Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, 2002. Sections such as ‘stalking’ and ‘criminal intimidation’ were invoked against two Twitter handles. Vijay, currently shooting for his film “Mersal”, had said everybody had a right to criticise films. “I respect women in society. Anybody has the freedom of expression to criticise anybody’s film. My opinion is that maligning or making slanderous comments against women should not be made,” he had said. Womanhood should be praised, he said, and urged that no comments “hurting anybody” and women in particular, should be published online.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajasthan holds IT fest to develop apps on state schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 800 experts and students are taking part in a two-day IT event here that aims to provide a platform for entrepreneurs and startups, and develop apps for state flagship schemes. The event, DIGIFEST 2017, organised by Rajasthan Information and Technology Department, was kicked off today with ‘Hackathon 2.0’ event where about 800 IT experts, coders and students displayed their innovations, according a release. The participants are set to develop applications on state government flagship schemes like Bhamasha Yojana, E-mitra, Internet offing, blog chain and artificial intelligence and make the presentation of the same within 24 hours. The developers of top three applications would be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 7.50 lakh besides several other consolation prizes for top performers. The participants are working on mobile applications like smart dustbin and parking solution. A team from IIT Roorkee is working on a mobile app that would enable the women to use their Bhamasha cards as debit cards, the release said. Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje is scheduled to address the participants in a session tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre asks Pb govt to extend support to hearing-impaired teen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has asked the Punjab government to extend all support to city lad Yashveer Goyal who was first in the National IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities’ hearing-impaired category. The 18-year-old is all set to represent India in the Global IT Challenge in Vietnam next month. The Ministry of Social Justice Empowerment’s Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities sent a letter on August 8 to the state government, asking it to extend all possible support to the teenager and his family, an official said. The national IT competition was organised by the National Institute of Technology, Kurukushetra, on July 20 and 21 under the aegis of the Union ministry, and had e-designing, use of e-tools and creativity challenges. The global challenge is slated to be held between September 18 and 22 at Hanoi in Vietnam. Four participants will represent India under different categories, the official said. “We always wanted to make our child self-reliant and independent. He has made us proud with his achievement and interest for information and technology,” the teenager’s mother Nitu Goyal said. She said that it was her dream that her child should not lead a dependent life but an independent and normal life like any other child. Yashveer, who is pursuing his graduation from IGNOU, had scored 91 per cent marks in Class 12 examination. Hearing-impaired from birth, he expressed his gratitude to his teachers, friends and family for the achievement and confidently added that he shall win and make India proud.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi jeweller, Pakistan prof help each other find link to pre-Partition past

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seventy years ago, for a 14-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh, her recent wedding had been the most important event of her life. It all changed in the blink of an eye, as the country witnessed a bloody Partition that tore thousands of families apart.Salma Bibi, the new bride, had to leave everything familiar, including her family, behind to migrate to newly-formed Pakistan with her husband and in-laws.Amid the bloodshed and the paranoia, stories of Indians and Pakistanis helping each other through the difficult time also poured in. It seems not much has changed since then. Thanks to this mutual affection and a sense of a shared history among the citizens of the neighbouring countries, and, of course, technological advancements, Bibi finally managed to contact her long-lost family.Bibi, now 85, had made peace with her fate and the dream of reuniting with her family had started fading. Just then, Delhi-based jeweller Harvinder Singh came into the picture as a bearer of good tidings.Singh, whose family met with a similar fate during Partition and migrated from Pakistan to India, had been trying to locate his ancestral home in Pakistan’s Punjab province when he came in touch with Bibi’s grandson Israr Ahmed, a professor, on social media.The two had coincidentally joined the same social media platform meant for people trying to locate their lost families in the two countries.”Both of us had joined a social media group meant for people searching for their near and dear ones in neighbouring countries. Technology turned out to be a blessing for us. We found each other at a time when we were searching for the same thing — our lost identities. One day, I messaged Ahmed and sought his help in finding my home, as he was also from the same place, Sialkot in Punjab,” Singh said.After months of searching, Ahmed finally succeeded in locating Singh’s home in the Bhopalwala town of Sialkot. “He sent me some pictures and videos of my ancestral house. It was an overwhelming moment for me and my family,” Singh said, adding that he then realised that it was his turn to help Ahmed find his own family in India.”He told me that his grandmother’s family used to live in a small town in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district. After putting in some effort, I finally located one of her brothers, now living in Islamnagar,” he said.Back in Pakistan, a few months ago, Bibi’s family received the long-awaited call. “We never saw her as happy as she was when her brother called her. We will always be grateful to Singh bhaiya,” Bibi’s daughter-in-law Tyabba Saeed told DNA over the telephone.The two families have been in constant touch ever since. “We call each other frequently. Bibi’s family treats me like one of their own. I am planning to go for her grandson’s wedding, scheduled for next year. I want them to wear jewellery from my store,” Singh said.”Despite constant tension between the two countries, people on both sides are friendly and want to live in peace,” Tyabba said.

I-Day speech: Govt working on steps to bring down knee surgery costs, says PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the recent move to put a cap on the price of coronary stents, the government is working on measures to bring down the expenditure on knee surgeries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.In his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort here, he said that cheap medicines, being made available through ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’ have been a blessing for the poor. “The expenditure on conducting operations, on stents have gone down in our country. In the coming days, all facilities for carrying out knee operations will also be made available.”It is our endeavour that such expenses for the poor and the middle class goes down and we are taking steps for that,” he said. The government on February 13 slashed by up to 85 per cent the prices of life-saving coronary stents, tiny metal tubes inserted into the narrowed coronary arteries, a move which has provided relief to lakhs of cardiac patients. Modi further said that the government has now decided to make dialysis facilities, which were earlier available only at the state headquarters, would be made available in each district centres of the country.He said that the facility has been made available at 350 -400 districts. The Prime Minister also spoke about the amended maternity benefit law under which paid leave have been extended to 26 weeks from the earlier 12.Speaking about the achievements in the education sector, Modi said that the government’s plan to set up 20 world-class universities was a crucial step. “We have taken an important step in the education sector of creating 20 world-class universities. The government will not interfere in their functioning and also ready to provide them monetary help of upto Rs 1,000 crore. “In the past three years, we have also opened six new Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), seven Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and eight Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs), besides connecting education sector with job opportunities,” he said.

Indian hackers break into Pakistan govt websites on Independence Day

Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Inter-provincial coordination, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Information Technology and others were some of the websites hacked by the Indian hackers <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several websites of the Pakistan government were defaced today allegedly by hackers from India.The hackers attacked websites of some key ministries on the day the country celebrated its 70th Independence Day.The sites hacked included Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Inter-provincial coordination, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Information Technology and others.An official of the Ministry of Information Technology said the attack was carried out by a group calling themselves “LuluSec India”. The hackers posted pro-India material on the web pages of hacked websites.Several websites are still not functional.There was no formal reaction by the government so far.It is not the first incident of cyber-attack by hackers targeting the Pakistani government websites. Such attacks have occurred in the past also

Restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to maintain law and order in the wake of killing of two civilians in security forces’ action on stone-pelting protestors. Restrictions have been imposed in five police station areas of the city here, a police official said. He said the curbs have been enforced in the police station areas of Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, M R Gunj and Safakadal. The official said the restrictions were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the wake of killing of two civilians in south Kashmir yesterday. Two youth Owais Shafi and Mohammad Sayeed Bhat were killed in security forces’ action on mobs of stone-pelting youth in Pulwama and Shopian districts respectively. 22-year-old Shafi sustained multiple pellet injuries at Kakapora in Pulwama and was referred to SMHS here for treatment, where he was declared ‘dead on arrival’ by the doctors yesterday. Bhat (25) received bullet injury near the encounter site at Avneera in Shopian and was taken to a hospital where he succumbed late last night. Three militants were killed in the encounter with security forces. Educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, have been closed for the day in the Valley in view of the prevailing situation. The Kashmir University and the Islamic University of Sciences and Technology have also postponed the examinations scheduled for today, while the class work has been suspended.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC refuses to stay probe against Star TV bosses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has refused to stay the ongoing investigation against senior functionaries of Star India, who run Star TV, including its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Uday Shankar and others, in a case of cheating and forgery.In the complaint, Noida Software Technology Park Limited, through its chairman Ankur Jain, has alleged that Star India denied them an Interconnect Agreement on frivolous grounds with malafide intent.The complaint alleges that the company had set up a world class Uplinking Head-end in the Sky Services (HITS) platform by investing over Rs 100 crore. In March 2012, the complainant company contacted the broadcasters for the purpose of negotiation and execution of an Interconnect Agreement.It was further alleged that Star India functionaries held several meetings with the complainant company but did not have the intent to give them the agreement. They also claimed that the petitioners had deliberately led them to believe their bonafide intent to enter into sustainable contracts.Taking up the petition filed by the senior management of Star India seeking to quash the FIR, Justice IS Mehta observed that since the FIR had been registered in the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police on the directions of the trial court, notices would have to be issued to the police and Noida Software Technology Park Limited, a satellite communication company.The judge, however, ordered that no coercive action would be taken against the petitioners, directing the police to file a status report in the case by October 24, the next date of hearing. The court also directed the complainant to file its response on the petition within four weeks.Uday Shankar, along with the Managing Director of the company Sanjay Kumar Gupta and other senior functionaries of the company, had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking to quash an FIR registered against them on the orders of the Metropolitan Magistrate.Appearing for one of the petitioners, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi contended that the dispute between the parties was civil and commercial in nature and the trial court had wrongly passed an order for registration of an FIR.Senior counsel Arvind K Nigam, who was representing the complainant, submitted that the MM had directed the registration of an FIR and that the complaint under Section 200 of the CrPC was still pending. He said if at all any other inquiry or fresh material for another case emerges, it would be merged with the complaint case under Section 210 of CrPC.

Congress criticises Centre for halting recurring NERIST, NIT funds in Arunachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>|Development in Arunachal Pradesh has come to a grinding halt due to poor flow of funds to central educational institutions like NERIST and NIT, besides other central public sector understandings (CPSUs). Former Lok Sabha Member and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy criticised the Centre for its apathetic attitude towards a sensitive border state like Arunachal Pradesh. The non-payment of salaries to staff and faculty of the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), is a glittering example, he told ANI. “This was the first such unique institute in India set up by UPA Govt in 1984 funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to impart technical education to students of under developed and educationally backward north east India, and it was granted deemed university status in May 2005,” he said. Sanjoy added that NERIST is now without a permanent director since Dr Deepankar Pal left in October 2014 though such appointments are directly under a board headed by the Prime Minister. “Repeated agitations by NERIST students demanding a permanent director and regular payment of staff salaries has failed to have any impact on mandarins and NDA lawmakers in New Delhi,” he said, adding staff salary payment has been irregular for the last four months. “Even Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who represents the Arunachal Western Parliamentary constituency, has never bothered to act indicating his total lack of accountability towards his own state,” Sanjoy said. He charged the Centre with playing with the lives of hundreds of students of NERIST and NIT. He also revealed that public sector undertakings in the state have stopped all welfare activities since the Centre stopped the release of their budgeted annual funds. “It is time for the present government at the Centre to act sensibly for the masses or else the Congress would be left with no alternative but to launch a “Delhi Chalo” movement to register our protests,” he concluded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not possible to monitor all mobile phones, WhatsApp: Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said it is not possible to monitor all mobile phone messages, including whatsApp, in the country. “It is not possible to monitor all cellular phones including WhatsApp and messages of all the mobile holders in the country as the lawful interception can be done only by the authorised designated Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs),” Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today informed the Rajya Sabha. He said the government has decided to set up the Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) to automate the process of lawful interception and monitoring of telecommunications. “Technology development and pilot trials have been completed. Twenty Regional Monitoring Centres (RMC) out of 21 RMC and a Centralised Monitoring Centre (CMC) have been technically commissioned. The remaining one RMC and the Disaster Recovery Centre for CMC are scheduled to be commissioned by year end,” Sinha said. The minister said the interception can be done under the provisions of Indian Telegraph Act and the Department of Telecom in this regard has already issued a standard operating procedure on December 24, 2014. “Unlawful phone tapping is a punishable offence under Section 25 and 26 of the Indian Telegraph Act. The punishment for unlawful interception is an imprisonment for a term, which may extend to 3 years or with fine or with both,” Sinha said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RS adjourned sine die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Monsoon session of the Rajya Sabha came to an end today after passing nine bills and debates on a number of crucial issues like lynchings and the agrarian crisis facing the country. A highlight of the session was that the new Chairman Venkaian Naidu took over on its last day today. During the 19 sittings, the House sat for nore than 80 hours but lost nearly 25 hours due to disruptions over various issues. The House also sat late for more than seven hours to complete legislative and other business. Naidu, before adjourning the House sine die, gave an overview of the proceedings during the session that began on July 17. During the session, members spoke on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement and a resolution was adopted. Two new members Vinay Dinu Tendulkar, Sampatiya Uikey joined the House while BSP leader Mayawati and M Venkaiah Naidu resigned. During the session, references were also made to the passing away of Union minister Anil Madhav Dave and sitting member Palvai Govardhan Reddy as well as 11 former members. References were also made to torrential rains in several parts including the north-east and terror attack in Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir. Among the Bills passed by the House were National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public Private Partnership) Bill, Right of children to free and compulsort education Bill etc. The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill was referred to a Select Committee while the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill was referred to a joint committee. There were 87 special mentions and 17 hours of short duration discussions. During the session, 285 starred questions and 3040 unstarred question were admitted and answered. Of these 46 starred questions were orally answered. Question Hour could not be taken up on three days due to disruptions. Several reports, including those by various committees were also presented during the session.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Provide answer sheet to online exam, info panel to technical board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an order that will help those giving online exams to check their answers, the state information commission (SIC) has asked the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) to provide the answer paper of an online exam to the applicant.The order dated July 6, 2017, which was also the date of second appeal hearing, was given after a second appeal was filed by Dr Sumir Dembla. The order was given by Ajit Kumar Jain, state information commissioner Brihanmumbai bench.Dembla had sought information on the MS-CIT (Maharashtra State Certificate in Information Technology) exams that he had given, a mandatory exam for all government officers to check their computer knowledge. In his application, he had sought details of the answer sheet in which his answers were marked wrong and details of the correct answers.The public information officer (PIO) did not provide any of the details to the applicant. During the hearing, the PIO said that since the exams are conducted online and each person appearing for the exam gets a different set of questions, it is not possible to provide the details. He added that a hard copy of the information is not available.Relying on a SC judgment, which stated that a student has the right to his answer sheet, the commission observed, “Only if the answer sheet is in a soft copy format, an online inspection for the same should be given.”Why answer sheetDr Sumir Dembla, who appeared for the MS-CIT exam, wanted details of the correct answersThe PIO said it was not possible to provide the details as each individual gets a different set of questions

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