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Humans existed in Bengaluru 4 lakh years ago, claims Archaeologist

"The discovery confirms man's existence in this area during the Stone Age," claimed Dr K B Shivatarak, retired professor of ancient history and archaeology, Mangalore University

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Palaeolithic stone tools. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Shivatarak claims that the evidence was discovered in May 2016 near the Kadirenahalli underpass at Bendrenagar, Banashankari II Stage
  • The five stone implements collected by him from Banashankari includes scraper, miniature hand axe, leaf-like instrument, hand axe and hand stone
  • The remains are similar to that of stones founded near Abhimaan Studio near Kengeri

BENGALURU: An archaeologist claimed that Bengaluru city may have been home to humans since four lakh years and believes that he has unearthed the earliest pre-historic evidence in Bengaluru for the first time.

“The discovery confirms man’s existence in this area during the Stone Age,” claimed Dr K B Shivatarak, retired professor of ancient history and archaeology, Mangalore University.

Skeleton of Prehistoric Men. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The skeleton of Prehistoric Men. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Shivatarak claims that the evidence was discovered in May 2016 near the Kadirenahalli underpass at Bendrenagar, Banashankari II Stage. BWSSB had decided to fix the leakage in the area by digging the road, mentioned the TOI report on July 7, 2016.

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Shivatarak was curious to look onto the stones, the workers have found out. When he washed the stones he found them closely related to the instruments he founded in Tumakuru, Mandya and Chitradurga districts where he researched earlier.

Palaeolithic stone instruments. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Palaeolithic stone instruments. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The five stone instruments collected by him from Banashankari includes scraper, miniature hand axe, a leaf-like instrument, hand axe and hand stone. The miniature hand axe was made of quartz and quartzite. All the instruments were around 7-11cm long and 4-7cm broad.

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According to Shivtarak, the instruments were used by the prehistoric man for the hunting purposes. The stones were widely used in hunting and peeling off the animal skin. Shivatarak had not yet informed the archaeological department about his findings.

Miniature hand axe. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Miniature hand axe. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Shivatarak claimed, this is the first time that Palaeolithic remains have been found in Bengaluru. The remains are similar to that of stones founded near Abhimaan Studio near Kengeri.

“I am studying these findings in detail,” said Shivatarak.

But, the other archaeologists are doubtful about the fact that whether the stone age was inhabited in the area where later Bengaluru came up. According to Prof. Ravi Kori Settar, retired professor of archaeology at Karnataka University, there is no scope for the Palaeolithic stone instruments in Bengaluru as no quartzite dig was found in the city, mentioned the TOI report.

Quartzite Cobbles. Image Source: www.pinterest.com
Quartzite Cobbles. Image Source: www.pinterest.com

Professor Settar also claimed that no Palaeolithic tools can be found in the granite area and hence must be Pseudolithic (look likes of Palaeolithic) or Erolits (mimic Palaeolithic caused due to some natural activity).

– prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @writetoaparna99

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Indian Cities Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru face Majority of Cyber Attacks

As the digital footprint of India increases through capital intensive projects, hackers are targeting data and large scale disruption like never before

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Smart cities, financial services and transportation sectors lead the rankings in terms of Cyber Attacks. Pixabay

 There has been a 26 per cent increase in Cyber Attacks in India and Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru together accounted for roughly 38 per cent of all attacks in the July-September period, a new report said on Wednesday.

The report prepared by Bengaluru-headquartered telecom solutions provider Subex identified over 3,500 modular malware samples in the country, registering a whopping 37 per cent increase.

Smart cities, financial services and transportation sectors lead the rankings in terms of cyber attacks, said the “State of Internet of Things (IoT) Security Report” for the third quarter (July-September period).

“As the digital footprint of India increases through capital intensive projects, hackers are targeting data and large scale disruption like never before,” said said Vinod Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, Subex.

“The increase in cyber attacks against the country and the strong geopolitical correlation indicate high levels of interest in targeting our critical infrastructure. Hackers are working to improve their ability to monetize cyber attacks,” he warned.

Malware of varying degrees of sophistication are being reported from a variety of deployments, including new projects surrounding renewable energy.

Most malware detected (36 per cent) could be traced to sources on the Dark Web while as much as 14 per cent of malware couldn’t be traced to a known source pointing to the arrival of new actors and malware shops on the scene,” the findings showed.

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There has been a 26 per cent increase in Cyber Attacks in India and Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru together accounted for roughly 38 per cent of all attacks in the July-September period. Pixabay

The detection of malware connected with critical infrastructure projects has also registered an increase.

“This implies that hackers are targeting large scale disruption and are working to increase the cost associated with managing such projects as also negatively impact future investments in them,” the report added.

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Independent hackers are increasingly feeling the need to monetize cyber attacks as the unit cost of malware has risen in the last quarter. Further, it is becoming increasingly difficult to source high-grade malware from multiple sources due to various factors, the report added. (IANS)