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In an attempt to promote tourism, improve connectivity and other infrastructural projects in the North-Eastern regions of India, government has approved Rs 2150 crore worth of funds for the region,  Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) said.

“Make in North East India”, a project similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India would be taken up, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of state for DoNER said, and added that meetings of the North Eastern Council (NEC) will now be held regularly by rotation in different states of the region.

He also said that the ministry is arranging a student festival in New Delhi by involving the participation of NEC and North Eastern students.  Also, construction of more hostels will be undertaken to facilitate North Eastern students studying in the capital city, informed the minister.

“There is also a proposal to set up a study center in Jawahar Lal Nehru university for students from the NE region,”  Singh said.

Minister of State (I/C) for Sports & Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal after appreciating the initiatives taken by government also suggested that the projects in the region should be taken up as per the requirements of the states and should not be decided unilaterally.

Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs highlighted the issue of organic farming in the region.

Similar issues like tourism, Power, Roads, Civil aviation, Organic farming, Horticulture, Processing and packaging of fruits etc came under the gambit of discussions in the meeting. Difficulties related to implementation of schemes, formulation of project reports and financial constrains were also discussed.

 

 

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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)