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Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]

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CBSE students allowed to appear exams in their home town

IT Correspondent

New Delhi, May 28:

Since many of the Central Board of Secondary Education( CBSE) students have shifted to their home town due to the constant extension of coronavirus lockdown, CBSE board has decided to shift the examination centres to their present location, for the examinations of remaining subjects to be held from first July to 15 July, 2020.

CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said that “It has come to notice that due to closure of schools because of the spread of Covid-19 and lockdown, some students are now not present at the station from where they were appearing in the examination prior to postponement of the exams, and it would be difficult for them to appear in the scheduled examination from their existing examination centre. Keeping in view the problem of the candidates, who have shifted to other districts than the district of their examination centre. CBSE has decided to shift their examination centre to their present district”.

The notification will be issued by CBSE in the first week of June 2020 in this regard. Such candidates are informed that they should remain in touch with their own schools and as soon as CBSE issues notification, they should take the suggested action,” the press release said.

Union HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Wednesday, had also said thriigh twitter, that the CBSE Class 10 and 12 students who have moved to different states or their home districts during the coronavirus lockdown can appear for their pending board examinations there. This announcement of shift in location is expected to give a big respite to thousands of CBSE students who had moved to their home state or districts in view of the COVID-19 crisis.

A total of 18 lakh candidates have been registered for class 10th board exams,  while the class 12 lakh students are appearing for 12th board exam.

SIM swap fraud is a new kind of fraud that is running around in the market and a lot of people have fallen prey to it. It is a sophisticated form of fraud and falls under social engineering. Fraudsters will distribute phishing emails, trying to ascertain as much personal information from victims as possible. Then this personal information is used to swap SIM card.

To avoid falling victim to this scam, users should always exercise caution when revealing personal information online. As such one should use authenticator apps or services which encrypt messages and are not tied to SIM . One should also avoid using SMS as the primary form of authentication with the  bank.

If the calls or texts stop all of a sudden, one should reach out to the service provider to check. One should not disclose the Internet banking password or personal identification number (PIN) to anyone. The banks never ask for this. Usually such calls are made from other states, Paygude said.

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SIM card swap cases are on the rise during lock down

IT News
Pune, May 28:
The cybercrime police have registered five SIM card swap cases in the last six days, which enables fraudsters to steal sensitive information such as bank details and passwords stored in cell phones and siphon off money from the targets’ accounts.
In view of the increasing SIM card swap cases, the cyber police have advised people to be alert about calls from individuals posing as cell phone company’s call centre executives. The “executives” ask information about the SIM card and its 20-digit unique identification number, which enables them to deactivate the actual card holder’s connection, Senior Police Inspector Jayram Paygude of the cybercrime police station said.
“The fraudsters claim that they are speaking from a cellular comp and ask for the Internet connection, its speed and other issues. People unknowingly share the 20-digit  number. The suspects process the unique number through the online software, which generates an OTP that allows SIM swapping,” Paygude said.
Usually 20 digit SIM card No is sent on mobile by SMS by the fraudsters. The caller asks the target to forward this number to 12345. When the number is forwarded, the senders SIM card network stops functioning and his/her mobile number starts functioning on the caller’s SIM card. The caller uses OTPs and SMS sent by bank to withdraw money. 

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Reduce price of COVID-19 test, ICMR to states

Our Correspondent
Mumbai, May 27:
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has advised state governments and UT administrations to negotiate with private laboratories and fix up mutually agreeable prices for samples being sent by the government and also for private individuals desirous of testing by these labs.
“Testing supplies are stabilising and due to the availability of a variety of testing materials and kits, including indigenous ones, the prices are becoming competitive and are undergoing reduction.  Considering these developments and the evolving prices of the testing kits, the earlier suggested upper ceiling of Rs 4,500 may not be applicable now, ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava, wrote in a letter addressed to states.
“At the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, there was a paucity of testing kits as India was heavily reliant on imported products for the detection of the novel coronavirus. Considering the cost of imported kits, the ICMR had suggested Rs 4,500 as the upper limit of a single test,” Bhargava wrote. In a letter dated 17 March 2020, the ICMR had suggested Rs 4,500 price cap for private labs testing the novel coronavirus.
However private laboratories claim that Rs 4,500 price cap for COVID -19 test is one of the reasons behind low testing. According to an analysis, on 16 April, private labs did a little over 15 percent of the total 28,340 tests done that day. And on 23 May, that figure was 19 percent of the total 1,10,397 tests done.
According to ICMR, unlike March, today there’s ample of alternative testing kits and supplies which can be used. Hence, the price should be revised accordingly. In the meanwhile centre is studying whether two lakh tests could be conducted per day.
In January 2020, India had only one laboratory testing for COVID-19, at the ICMR’ National Institute of Virology, Pune. Today there are 555 laboratories across the country, performing molecular tests for diagnosis of COVID-19 -an unparalleled achievement in the history of the Indian health system. The remarkable story of how India became fully self-reliant in its testing capabilities, despite starting from scratch just a few months ago, is one about the steely resolve of multiple agencies, working together round-the-clock to save lives, ICMR’s scientists said.

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Passenger on Delhi-Ludhiana AI flight tests positive, 40 others quarantined

Our Correspondent

Mumbai, May 27:

One passenger on Air India’s Delhi-Ludhiana flight tested positive for coronavirus and as such, the airline has quarantined a total of 36 passengers on the flight along with 4 crew members in Ludhiana, following the Punjab government rules, on Tuesday.

“The passenger who works in the security department of “Alliance Air”,  flew on AI 9I837 Delhi-Ludhiana domestic flight on the second day of flight operations in India in the lockdown, on a paid ticket. A 50-year-old man, is a permanent resident of Delhi. He came back from Delhi on 25 May on board a domestic flight.

Earlier a passenger on an “Indigo” flight from Chennai to Coimbatore, tested positive for coronavirus. The passenger himself has been quarantined at ESI state medical facility at Coimbatore. As such “Indigo” grounded the entire crew of the flight for 14 days. The airline  said they were trying to reach out to the passengers of the flight as per government norms.

“We received confirmation from the Coimbatore airport doctor that a passenger who travelled on 6E 381 from Chennai to Coimbatore on 25 May in the evening, tested positive for Covid-19,” said the airline in a statement. He is currently quarantined at an ESI state medical facility in Coimbatore.

While over 39,000 passengers flew on the first day of flight operations resuming across states, some 42,000 passengers flew on the second day. While many flights were cancelled over the two days, the airports across the country managed to fly over 1,000 flights in the first two days. Airlines also began operating from Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday while flights will resume in West Bengal from Thursday that is expected to increase the passenger traffic.

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