It’s the 30th anniversary of the Computer Security Day that the world started observing in 1988. Many of us who had joined the workforce in the early eighties were by then just getting to know what a computer looked like and what it did for businesses. Internet was yet to be born in its true form. On the mobile communication front, by-now forgotten pagers were all that the world knew of. Thirty years later, Smart Phones are endemic, 4G is on the verge of being passé and IOT is a reality.
Quantum Computing, Big Data, AI and the rapid evolution of the Net are leading us (read, the globe) into a deeply networked village – yes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. Our new cyber space stays afflicted with old world issues of conmen, theft and thuggery. Just the tools have changed; new ones are usually invisible to the human eye.
In this context, it’s important that we observe the Computer Security Day as an occasion to reinforce and strengthen our security habits. As individuals, whether at home or at work, we need to maintain integrity and secrecy of our passwords. Frequent changes to passwords is a basic safeguard requirement. Remember Aligarh? We all looked to it for the multi-lever hand crafted locks it made. Passwords are the cyber age equivalent of these locks.
Any chain is as strong as its weakest link. The same dictum applies to the Internet. Thugs and their ware – should we say, thuggery-ware, usually referred to as worms, viruses, Botnets, Trojans, ransomware, spyware, etc. can and do use every chink in the network to stage thefts, heists or simply prove their prowess in unsettling our life-as-usual. Given the millions of mobiles, tablets, laptops, desktops and myriad other endpoints in use, it’s a Herculean task to secure the cyber networks. Cyber hygiene, anti- virus applications and 24/7 watch over network traffic via sophisticated AI-driven algorithms have helped. Detection and neutralising of cyberattacks as they happen may add to the armour, but cyber incidents, often cross border, continue to be a fast-growing threat category (FGTC). To counter this reality, a range of new businesses and institutions have emerged. Data and Network Security are a big industry. Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are operational in various countries to track and coordinate security efforts in the cyber space. Banking regulators globally are monitoring the financial system for steps taken to prevent security breaches and intrusions. With the pervasive reliance on computer systems and networks, other industries too – be it power distribution or transport services or, even health, are exposed to hacking possibilities.
The cyber landscape is on the cusp of a major change. The writer is deputy MD and chief risk officer, SBI.
TikTok back on Google Play store
TikTok app has come again on the Google Play store and Apple app store . The app can again be downloaded and used without any limitations, unlike a few days back. The video creating app was removed by both Google and Apple from Play store and App store, respectively, after Madras High Court put a prohibition on the download of the TikTok app mid of this month.
The ban on downloads has now been removed by the HC.
The app was disallowed from download after southern Tamil Nadu state court told the government that it supports pornography, particularly child pornography. The court also mentioned that the TikTok app has made child users vulnerable to sexual predators. The decision to ban the download of the app after an individual launched public interest legal action calling for a ban.
As per an IT ministry official soon after the government sent a letter to Apple and Google to obey the state court’s order.
After a week the Madras HC removed the ban from the app and said that the court is only worried about crimes against children and India doesn’t have laws like the US COPPA to protect children in cyberspace. Then HC had said that the TikTok app will be available for download from Play Store/ App Store very soon. The app is now back on the Play store and the App store.
Remarking on the issue, TikTok has informed the Court that it has used technology to ensure that nude/obscene content can’t be uploaded on the app. Bytedance, TikTok’s owner said that the company has been eliminating or banning obscene content from the platform from July 2018. The same statement mentioned that TikTok has around 0.00006% of obscene content and the company is already in process of removing them from the platform.
Huawei P30 Lite Goes On Sale In India
Huawei P30 Lite has gone on sale in the country, starting 12am (midnight) today. To remember, the smartphone was launched alongside the company’s flagship offering, the Huawei P30 Pro, earlier this month. Features of the Huawei P30 Lite include its 32-megapixel front camera, triple rear camera framework, and 6.15-inch full-HD+ display. The smartphone is now available to purchase through Amazon India.
Huawei P30 Lite price in India
The device’s price in India starts at Rs. 19,990 for the 4GB/ 128GB model, going up to Rs. 22,990 for the 6GB/ 128GB variant.
Huawei P30 Lite Sale Offers
It’s available through Amazon India in Midnight Black and Peacock Blue colour options. In an updated statement before the sale, the company said the Huawei P30 Lite launch offers include no-cost EMIs and Jio cashback up to Rs. 2,200 and 2.2TB additional data (on the Rs. 198/ Rs. 299 plan).
Huawei P30 Lite specifications
Good news: Noida’s Aqua Line gets go ahead from NMRC, seeks inauguration date from govt
A final and mandatory safety inspection report has given the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) the approval to launch commercial operations of the Aqua Line, officials said Friday.
With the approval, the NMRC has now written to the Uttar Pradesh government to finalise the date of inauguration of the much-awaited Aqua Line that would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida, covering 29.7 km through 21 stations.
“The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) report has been received and it has its sanction for the commercial operations of the metro service. The report also praised the civil and track work of the metro system, NMRC Executive Director P D Upadhyay said.
NMRC’s managing director has written to the state government for finalizing the date of inauguration, said Upadhyay, who was in Lucknow Friday, handed over a letter to Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey.
He also said the fares of the Aqua Line would be decided in the NMRC Board meeting scheduled on December 28.
“Chairman Sanjay K Murthy, the additional secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will chair the meeting, he added.
Earlier, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) approved the second phase of the Metro link from Noida Sector 71 to Knowledge Park 5 in Greater Noida.
The extension will comprise nine stations and with a project cost of cost Rs 2,602 crores.
This decision was taken at the Authority’s 113th board meeting. “NMRC would be the nodal agency for the project. The first phase of the Metro project comprising five stations from Noida Sector 71 to Greater Noida Sector 2 is expected to cost around Rs 1521 crore, officials said.
The extended line of Noida Metro’s Aqua Linewill have a total of nine metro stations out of which two will be in Noida and seven will be in Greater Noida. The metro stations in Noida include sectors 122 and 123 and the metro stations in Greater Noida include sector 4, Ecotech 12, sectors 2, 3, 10, 12 and Knowledge Park V.
Akhilesh Yadav earlier had given its approval for construction of a 15-km Metro project.
“We have asked builders to contribute fund and generate ideas to lure investment and buyers,” said a senior official of UP government.
“We are adhering to the direction of the government. This project will change the fortune of this belt. We have decided to plan stress-free homes where we will offer facilities for all family members,” said Rahul Gupta, Director of Ace group.
“We believe that this project is crucial as it will benefit thousands of homebuyers who have shifted to the newly built apartment complexes in Greater Noida West and nearby Crossings Republik in Ghaziabad that has 36,000 housing units,” said Geetambar Anand, CMD, ATS.
Greater Noida West has around 3.5 lakh under-construction housing units of which around 40,000 are occupied.
Indian Navy inducts deep submergence rescue vehicle into service
The Indian Navy Wednesday inducted the ‘Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle’ into service at the Western Naval Command here.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba inducted the vehicle into the Navy.
“The induction of the vehicle has put the Indian Navy into a small league of world navies that have an integral submarine rescue capability,” a statement issued by the defence force read.
The Navy successfully concluded maiden trials of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) on October 15, it said.
The vehicle can rescue as many as 14 people in one dive, a Navy official said.
The DSRV carried out underwater mating with a bottomed submarine, at a depth of over 300 feet. On successful mating, the DSRV opened its hatches and the submarine hatches and carried out transfer of personnel from the submarine to the DSRV, the Navy said.
These sea trials have proven the newly inducted DSRV’s ability to undertake rescue operations from disabled submarines at sea and provided the Navy with a critical capability, it said.
During the trials, the DSRV also dived successfully up to 666 metres, which is a record for deepest submergence by a ‘manned vessel’ in Indian waters.
The DSRV crew carried out remotely operated vehicle operations at a depth of over 750 metres and side scan sonar operations at a depth of over 650 metres, which are all ‘firsts’ for the Indian Navy, the statement said.PTI
Microsoft overtakes Apple to capture spot of most valuable US firm
Microsoft has surpassed Apple in order to become most valuable US firm. Microsoft at present possesses $753.3 billion in market capitalisation.
Apple, which became the first $1-trillion US company in August, came down to $746.8 billion on Friday, owing to lower-than-expected iPhone sales amid reports of its suppliers cutting cost and workforce.
While, Amazon with $736.6 billion is currently at third and Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with $725.5 billion is at the fourth spot.
Earlier in October, Microsoft recaptured its second spot in irder to become most valuable US firm, dethroning Jeff Bezos’ Amazon. The latest development came after Amazon reported disappointing quarterly numbers.
Apple Inc topped the list at over $1 trillion after crossing that threshold in September. Microsoft’s market capitalization was Wall Street’s highest in late 1998 through early 2000 before the dot-com bubble burst.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is not budging from introducing new tools and features to fight Google’s popular services. In its latest attempt at luring more people to use its products, the company has added a digital health tracker to its Android Launcher.
The Microsoft Launcher 5.1 beta release comes with a digital health section that tracks your total screen time, number of unlocks, and session lengths, Engadget reported.
In addition to that, there’s also a ‘hey Cortana’ voice control shortcut in the launcher. You can also sync both Sticky Notes and To-Do entries across devices. Interestingly, the digital health tracker is supported on devices running Android 4.2 and later, allowing even the old hardware owners do a check on their digital well-being.
T18, India’s first engineless train, to see ply between Bareilly and Moradabad
Indian Railways high-speed, engine-less train set named Train 18 (T18) will be rolled out soon. The train set is manufactured in the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai and has been named as Train 18 in consonance with 2018, the year of its production. Watch this video to know more.
Train 18 is India’s first engine-less train. The trail will be conducted on Bareilly-Moradabad section on a standard railway track. Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) team has also reached Moradabad for the trial run.
Sources said that T18 is all set to have TEJAS train like fare structure. Flexi Fare mechanism will not be applicable on T18
T18 to have fares that will be higher than existing Shatabdi fares on any given route.
The TEJAS train fare structure is likely to be applicable on upcoming T18 where the fares will be 20-25% higher than Shatabdi fares.
T18 to have just 5-6 stoppages in its route journey.
“Train 18 will run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph between either Delhi and Varanasi or Delhi and Bhopal,” the official said.
The fully air-conditioned Train 18, driven by a self-propulsion module was launched last month amid much fanfare by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani at the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai.
“We have successfully achieved a speed of 120 kmph during trials. We will achieve a speed of 160 kmph and run the train likely by December 15,” the official said.
The gleaming, blue-nosed train has a cone-shaped frontage, similar to a bullet train.
It comes fitted with amenities on par with the best in the world from on-board WiFi to GPS-based passenger information system, ‘touch-free’ bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that would adjust the temperature according to occupancy and weather.
Manufactured at ICF (Integral Coach Factory) in Chennai, first train set has 16 chair-car type coaches — executive and non-executive. There are two executive chair cars and 14 non-executive chair cars. The maximum seating capacity of executive chair cars is 56 passengers, while those of non-executive is 78.
Train 18 offers onboard WiFi and infotainment for passengers. There is also GPS-based passenger information system. Charging points for the gadgets are right below the seats.
Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal resigns after misconduct probe, strongly denies allegation
The Chief Executive and co-founder of Walmart’s Indian venture Flipkart Group, Binny Bansal, has resigned following a probe into serious personal misconduct, Walmart Inc said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.
Bansal has strongly denied the allegations, the company said in a statement. Bansal and his representatives could not be reached for comment.
“While the investigation did not find evidence to corroborate the complainant’s assertions against Binny, it did reveal other lapses in judgement, particularly a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation,” the company said.
“Because of this, we have accepted his decision to resign.”
Kalyan Krishnamurthy, who heads the company’s main Flipkart e-commerce operation, would now act as chief executive for a broader group of businesses including apparel websites Myntra and Jabong, the company said.
Walmart earlier this year agree to pay $16 billion for a roughly 77% stake in the Indian e-commerce firm, Amazon’s main rival for India’s 1.3 billion consumers.
- It was the US retailer’s largest-ever deal and a major move in its efforts to oppose Amazon at home and abroad.
Launched in 2004 and completed in 2018, Kejrival inaugurates the 254 metres high Signature bridge today
The much talked about Signature bridge, twice the height of the iconic Qutab Minar, the medieval times’ historic moghul era’s heightest marvel has today been finally inaugurated by the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival in the presence of the Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, the Delhi cabine and various lawmakers amidst lot of pushes n counter pushes inflicted on the Delhi BJP president and trans Yamuna, East Delhi MP Tiwari by AAP supporters who till yesterday had been complaining of not having been extended the invitation, intentionally, by the Delhi government.
The Deputy CM finally extended the invitation on his twitter handle, after realizing the deliberate blunder. The height of the signature bridge whose foundation and part construction was started during the tenure of Congress government’s chief minister Shiela Dikshit before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games, posesses the unique height just more than double of Qutub Minar situated at Mehrauli.
Qutub Minar is 73 metre in height being the highest building earlier constructed several centuries ago when there was not technology available. On the top of the Signature bridge a transparent glass box measuring 22 metres have been fixed through which the visitors could watch the outside world and enjoy the beauty from the unusual top.
About four elevators have been installed to reach here through which atleast 50 people can reach the glass box at a time.
According to a senior official, the elevators would start functioning / operating with sixty days. This bridge will, while on the one hand provide immense relief to the too and fro commuters of the primitive Wazirabad iron bridge built during the British era and has now become outmoded, it will also connect the Wazirabad Road with Karnal bypass including accord tremendous relief to the people of Bhajanpura, Loni, Bagpat, Khajuri, Mukerji Nagar, Timar pur, Buradi, people going through Azadpur, Sonipat and Western Uttar Pradesh.
Till now a vast population commuting through the primitive Wazirabad bridge were constrained to waste their precious one hour or more on daily basis, creating hell of a traffic snarls thus leading to infinite inconvenience to the commuters.
The signature bridge will also take off a considerable traffic load from the Kashmiri Gate and ISBT sides. Built at the total cost of Rupees 1518. 37 crores Signature Bridge is 251 metres in height, even more than the height of the statue of Sardar recently inaugurated in Gujarat. The height of the pyelone of this bridge would be 154 metres. It has 19 stay cables on which the bridge is depending. The project of the bridge was sanctioned in 2004, to be completed before the 2010 Commonwealth games but got delayed due to various unavoidable reasons. The bridge is an outstanding example of the world class architecture which got entangled in various controversies and therefore delayed escalating its costs to whopping Rs. 1594 crores.
Meanwhile in a tweet after being allegedly heckled by the AAP volunteers and police the East Delhi MP and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari says in anger n threatening mode in a vedio released by ANI : Police ke jin logon ne mujse dhakka mukki ki hai unki shinakt ho gai hai. Main in sabko pehchaan chuka hun, aur char din mein inko bata dunga ki police kya chhez hoti hai ?
Are there similarities between Bofors and Rafale controversies ? After all both are defense deals ?
The Rafale imbroglio is repeating the once most controvertial bombshell of merely 60 crores Bofors kick back that not only haunted the Congress party and the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi for long but also led to his political dethroning leading to his own one time stooge Raja of Manda Vishwanath Pratap Singh climb to power with the help of the then non Congress opposition.
Though politically embattered Rajiv Gandhi finally got acquitted of the charge, but after his sad assasination. Then the ruling Congress party was on the back foot but today on the similar lines the current BJP led political dispensation under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi is in an unambiguous defensive, putting its several union ministers as trouble shooters on the job to counter the impending Congress invasion on Rafale.
While the Bofors kick back deal revolved around a petty amount of Rs 60 crores the current loss in the controvertial Rafale deal of France with Dassault aviation is in several thousand crores, say over 60 thousand crores, according to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
In the Bofors deal it is said that the then Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was not directly involved but there were allegedly middleman like Quaterrochi of Italy who were named as the recipient of the bribe through the former but in the present case the Nehru Gandhi scion, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the basis of the startling disclosure of the former French president Francois Hollande and later on by the Dassault Aviation’s technical heads followed by the wife of the present president Brigate Macron has allegedly pinned the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi as directly helping Anil Ambani of Reliance Defence bag the offset contract worth 30 thousand crores, out rightly rejected by the government and its ministers as completely baseless, frivolous, biased and fabricated.
While the former President Francoise Hollande on whose tenure and presence the deal was finalised has unambiguously revealed that after he was told for the favor, the France govt n Dassault had no choice but to accept it.
Similarly the wife of the present president Macron’s wife ( as per the article published in one of the dailies, Dainik Bhaskar written by its editor Gyanendra Pandey) said that the magnitude of the scam done in the Rafale deal and the staggering amount involved in it could have conveniently improvised/ altered the diminishing economy of a country in financial mess/ doldrums.
The first woman of France and its president Macron’s wife even went to the extent of shockingly questioning as to how a prime minister of any country betray the people of his own country by committing such a blunder.
As a result the most vociferous Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his entire media team that include former minister n youth Congress president Anand Sharma, AICC’s communication incharge n chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishekh Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibbal and Manish Tiwari etc have got enough ammunition who’ve tightened their belts and enhanced attacks on the ruling party dispensation at the centre and PM Modi through holding repeated press conferences, tweet attacks and addressing public mertings in the states likely to go to polls viz. Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh n even in Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP who’d fielded intelligent n eloquent Sambit Patra, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arun Jaitley and even the national party supremo Amit Shah are also doing their best to counter the Congress party’s onslaughts but after the startling disclosures of the former French president Hollande they seem to have come under defensive posture say political analysts.
Everybody know that the way prime minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah duo have been leading the saffron party’s jaggernaut towards incessant n seamless victories in state after state demolishing Congress party and the Samajwadi party’s strongholds in over twenty states after 2014 despite some failures on the demonetisation, GST, inflation, farmers suicides and banking fraud fronts, it looked as if the BJP is all set to te climb to the power saddle in 2019 and stage a comeback with the same enthusiasm as it had been doing in all the states of the country, but unfortunately eruption of conyrovertial issues like Rafale, banking frauds, incessant increase in petro product prices, LPG etc – highest since the last 70 years, and subsequent inflation, the party’s expeditiously forward moving juggarnaut seems to have developed serious flaws and defects finding itself difficult to continue its winning spree.
The continuous demand of the Congress led opposition for the JPC, CAG or CVC probe has also been turned down thus allegedly giving an unambiguous impression that something is definitely wrong and arbitrary in the French deal despite every condemnation by the union ministers in the government and saffron party leaders.
The best way to come out of this ever deteriorating situation is to go for an impartial JPC probe as demanded by the opposition as the country wants to know the truth threadbare say political analysts. What’s your take friends?
Interesting things you can do on WhatsApp
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in more than 100 countries in the world. It allows you to send messages, photos, videos and voice recordings over the internet instead of using your mobile network. It also helps you save money, making it one of the must-have apps in your smartphone.
Share your live location
When you share your live location with someone, he or she would be able to track your location for the period you select. The three periods that can be selected are 15 minutes, one hour and eight hours. To share your live location, open WhatsApp, tap on the ‘Attachment’ icon on the typing space bar and select ‘Location.’ Now you will get two options – ‘Share live location,’ and ‘Send your current location.’ Tap on the first option and select the period.
You can create GIFs within WhatsApp and send it to your friends using videos that are saved on your smartphone. To send a GIF, on the ‘Attachment’ icon on the typing space bar and Select Gallery, then Go to videos. Select the video you wish to create in a GIF from. When you do this, it will open up in the video editing section of WhatsApp. Here, you have to adjust the length of the video to not more than 6 seconds, as WhatsApp does not support longer GIFS. Then the option of converting it to a GIF will appear as a slider on top right. Now take the slider towards GIF and it’s done
You can edit the pictures by adding text and emoticons on them before sending. Select attach > Go to gallery > Select the image you wish to share. After doing this, the image will open in WhatsApp’s photo editor. On top right, you’ll see options of adding text, emoticons and doodle. You can change size and colours of all three once you add them to your image.
Chat in different languages
If you want to type in any language other than English open WhatsApp > Go to Settings > Select Chats > Click on App Language. You can then pick the desired language.
Sometimes you want your most important chats on the top of your chat list. WhatsApp has added this function recently. To pin a contact to the top of the list, you have to long press on the chat from that person and then press the ‘pin icon’ that appears right next to delete, mute and archive icons on the top of the page. Only three contacts can be pinned to place them on top of the conversation list till now.
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