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NEET 2020 results: ‘Utilised lockdown time’, says Soyeb Aftab

Jaipur: Soyeb Aftab has set another target while topping the coveted exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses, with 720 out of 720 marks. “There is no doctor in my family, so I didn’t expect this. I had hoped to make it to the top 100 or top 50 but I never expected to score 720/720. The exam was being postponed, so there was a lot of pressure. But the goal was to stay calm and utilize time, I utilized the time of COVID-19 lockdown” Soyeb Aftab.


Hyderabad: Sailors of Yacht Club of Hyderabad rescue flood-hit people

Hyderabad: Sailors of Yacht Club of Hyderabad rescued many persons who were trapped in building or houses due to flash flood after incessant rainfall. They used their boats during the rescue operation.

Army and NGOs joins rescue ops flood-hit Hyderabad

National Sailing Champion Gowtham Kankatla and fellow sailors rescued people.

President of Yacht Club of Hyderabad
The President of Yacht Club of Hyderabad, Suheim Sheikh said that immediate response was given after NGO SDIF informed the club that 500 people are stranded due to the flood.

Hyderabad floods | Telangana seeks immediate aid of ₹1,350 crore - The Hindu

He applauded the selfless volunteerism of sailors.

Sharing his experience, Sheikh said that he had never seen the way wind and water lashed Hussain Sagar Lake.

Volunteers rescued people
Narrating the scenes in low-lying areas, he said as soon as volunteers reached the spot, people requested them to rescue people mainly, elders, women, and children who were trapped due to the flood. People were seen in the ankle and waist-deep water.

The sailor played the role of small boat ferry operators in flood water in Tolichowki and Saroornagar. They shifted persons to a safe place with the help of volunteers and Life Guards.

One of the residents, Shravanti Tiwari who is a liver patient thanked everyone who helped her in reaching the hospital.


Google stops biggest-ever DDoS cyber attack to date

New Delhi: The cyber security threats such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) are growing exponentially, disrupting businesses of all sizes globally, leading to outages and loss of user trust, Google has said.

The tech giant revealed that its infrastructure absorbed a massive 2.5Tbps DDoS in September 2017, the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date which was the culmination of a six-month campaign that utilised multiple methods of attack.

“Despite simultaneously targeting thousands of our IPs, presumably in hopes of slipping past automated defenses, the attack had no impact,” Google said in a statement on Friday.

The attacker used several networks to spoof 167 Mbps (millions of packets per second) to 180,000 exposed CLDAP, DNS, and SMTP servers, which would then send large responses to Google.

“This demonstrates the volumes a well-resourced attacker can achieve: This was four times larger than the record-breaking 623 Gbps attack from the Mirai botnet a year earlier. It remains the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date, leading to reduced confidence in the extrapolation,” the company informed.

With a DDoS attack, an adversary hopes to disrupt their victim’s service with a flood of useless traffic.

While this attack doesn’t expose user data and doesn’t lead to a compromise, it can result in an outage and loss of user trust if not quickly mitigated.

Attackers are constantly developing new techniques to disrupt systems.

“Some attacks may not even focus on a specific target, but instead attack every IP in a network. Multiplying the dozens of attack types by the diversity of infrastructure that must be defended leads to endless possibilities,” Google said.

The company said the main task is to determine the capacity needed to withstand the largest DDoS attacks for each key metric.

“While we can estimate the expected size of future attacks, we need to be prepared for the unexpected, and thus we over-provision our defenses accordingly”.

The company recently announced ‘Cloud Armor Managed Protection’ which enables users to further simplify their deployments, manage costs, and reduce overall DDoS and application security risk.

Google said it is working with others in the internet community to identify and dismantle infrastructure used to conduct attacks.

Source: IANS

‘Even Pakistan handled Covid better than India’: Rahul Gandhi takes dig at Centre over IMF’s projection

Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the government on Twitter by tagging a chart that showed IMF growth projections for 2020-21 for Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the centre on Friday over IMF’s projection that the Indian economy is set to contract by a massive 10.3 per cent this year, saying it was another “solid achievement” by the government.

Mr Gandhi took a swipe at the government on Twitter by tagging a chart that showed IMF growth projections for 2020-21 for Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India.

The chart showed that the Indian economy is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 per cent this year, the highest contraction among the countries mentioned.

“Another solid achievement by the BJP government. Even Pakistan and Afghanistan handled Covid better than India,” Mr Gandhi tweeted with the chart.


The former Congress chief on Wednesday had also taken a dig at the government over IMF growth projections showing Bangladesh closing in on India in terms of per capita GDP this year and described it as a “solid achievement” of six years of BJP”s “hate-filled cultural nationalism”.

The Indian economy, severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 per cent this year, the International Monetary Fund had said on Tuesday.

However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 per cent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging economy, surpassing China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 per cent, the IMF said in its latest ”World Economic Outlook” report.

BJP MLA’s aide in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia shoots man in day-light in front of government officials

‘The victim was allegedly shot at a meeting in Durjanpur village after an official cancelled a meeting on the allotment of ration shops due to a dispute between the members who had gathered there.’

A yet another incident of hooliganism was recorded on-camera in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia as a man was shot dead in front of local officials yesterday.

Taking action on the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the suspension of officials present at the spot of the incident.

As per the reports, 46-year-old Jaiprakash was allegedly shot dead by Dhirendra Singh, a BJP worker who is said to be close to party MLA Surendra Singh.

After the firing took place, a stampede followed that has been captured in a video.

It is worth noting that Surendra Singh was in news few days ago also for his statement amid the Hathras agitation by saying that in order to control over the rape cases, it’s the duty of all mothers and fathers to imbibe good values in their daughters and bring them up in cultured environments.

“I am a teacher along with being an MLA. Such incidents (like rape) can be stopped only with sanskar (culture), not with shasan (good governance) or talwar (referring to sword or might),” BJP MLA Surendra Singh had said while talking to a reporter.

The reporter had asked him a question: “Why do you think rape cases are continue even as is people say this is Ram Rajya?”

In the Balia incident, the video shows a large number of people on a field as three rounds are fired. People are seen as panicking and running frantically.

The victim was allegedly shot at a meeting in Durjanpur village after an official cancelled a meeting on the allotment of ration shops due to a dispute between the members who had gathered there, SP Devendra Nath told news agency PTI.

The meeting was held in a tent, where a large number of people gathered. Administration and police officials were also present there, local residents told PTI.

As reported by NDTV, MLA Surendra Singh confirmed that the accused heads the BJP’s ex-servicemen’s unit in Ballia and said such an incident “can happen anywhere.”

“This is a casualty that can happen anywhere. In this incident, there was stone-pelting from both sides. The law will take its own course in the matter,” the BJP legislator said.

A case has been registered by the police against 15-20 people on the complaint of the victim’s brother. However, no arrest has been made yet.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the suspension of the sub-divisional magistrate, a top police official and others soon after.

“Taking serious note of the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed that SDM, CO and police personnel present on the spot all be suspended immediately and strictest action should be taken against the accused,” Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Kumar Awasthi said.

“The role of the officers shall be investigated and if responsible criminal action shall be taken,” he said.

Don’t want to ‘predict’ outcome of ongoing discussions: S Jaishankar on Ladakh talks

‘What is going on is something confidential between us and China and we will see how it plays out,’ he said.

Reacting on China’s remark on Ladakh, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has said he would not wish to “predict” the outcome of the ongoing discussions between the two countries on the dispute.

“The discussions are going on. It is a work in progress and the first rule of my business is – don’t predict what is still going on,” he said at the Bloomberg India Economic Forum.

Foreign Minister’s remarks come a day after the seventh round of commander-level talks.

“What is going on is something confidential between us and China and we will see how it plays out,” he said.

Yesterday, India in a sharp assertion had said that China has no locus standi to comment on its internal matters. The comments come as a reaction to Beijing’s remarks after the opening of 44 bridges in border areas on Monday.

“The Union Territories of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir have been, are and will remain an integral part of India,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.

“Our position on Arunachal Pradesh has also been made clear several times. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. This fact has also been clearly conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions, including at the highest level,” he added.

On Monday, reacting on the construction of 44 new bridges near the borders which were opened by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, China had said it “does not recognize the Ladakh Union Territory” and opposes infrastructure building by India in the region.

“First I want to make it clear that China does not recognise the Ladakh Union Territory illegally set up by the Indian side and the Arunachal Pradesh. We stand against the development of infrastructure facilities aimed at military contention along the border area,” said the Chinese spokesperson.

Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, had also called border infrastructure development “the root cause for the tension between the two sides” and said neither side should take action that might escalate tension.

‘Woman can stay in her husband’s family home even if she is estranged from him’: Supreme Court

‘Domestic violence in the country is rampant and every day some women encounter violence in some form or other,’ the court said.

The Supreme Court in its judgement on a case of domestic violence said that a woman can stay in her husband’s family home even if she is estranged from him.

Overruling its earlier decision to the contrary, the apex court’s bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah said that an estranged daughter-in-law cannot be evicted by her husband or family members and she has a right to stay there under the Domestic Violence Act.

Domestic violence in the country is rampant and every day some women encounter violence in some form or other, the court said.

Under such circumstances, a woman resigns herself to the never-ending cycle of enduring violence and discrimination as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a partner or a single woman in her lifetime, it added.

The judgment dismissed an appeal filed by one Satish Chander Ahuja challenging a Delhi High Court judgment of 2019, which ruled that his daughter-in-law Sneha Ahuja had the right of residence even though she was in the process of divorce from her husband Raveen Ahuja.

Satish Ahuja had also appealed that his son had no share in the house as the property was his self-earned.

“The definition of shared household given in Section 2 (s) cannot be read to mean that shared household can only be that household which is household of the joint family of which husband is a member or in which husband of the aggrieved person has a share,” the court said.

Justify Rs 50,000 grant to puja committees: Calcutta HC

Clubs holding pujas for more than 10 years will be provided `50,000, Mamata Banerjee has said

During the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sourav Dutta, a CITU activist praying for an order to stay the state government’s grant of `50,000 to the puja committees, a Division Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee of Calcutta High Court today asked that whether apart from Durga puja, such grants are given by the government in other religious festivals too. Was such grant made for Id, the court asked.

The Division Bench asked the state counsel that though it is proud of Durga puja but can funds be disbursed in this manner. “Can such differences be made in a democratic system?” it further asked.

The court pointed out that the reason for such funds was enunciated as aiding committees to buy masks and sanitisers, however, it observed, the state could have purchased it which would have cost lesser.

How can permission be granted for pujas when educational institutions have been closed apprehending contamination, the court asked. The court then asked for the precautions taken and also the blue-print for crowd control.

What is the rationale of giving funds to the clubs if all the the work is done by police, the court further asked. The matter will heard again tomorrow.

The Division Bench of the then Chief Justice had stayed a decision to give a sum of `10,000 to the community pujas in 2018, but after hearing the submission of t he state counsel that the funds had been disbursed for “Safe Drive, Save Life” awareness campaign, withdrew the stay. The petitioner moved the Supreme Court and the matter is still pending before it.

Mamata directs police to help small pujas:

Amidst the Covid pandemic, chief minister Mamata Banerjee today asked the police to help the new clubs that are not entitled to get government aid.

“Clubs that are holding pujas for more than 10 years will be provided an assistance amounting to Rs 50,000. However, the new clubs that are financially weak should also be helped. I would ask police to look into the matter,” said Miss Banerjee while virtually inaugurating 110 pujas located in 12 districts of south Bengal from Nabanna.

The districts are West and East Burdwan, Hooghly, Howrah, East and West Midnapore, Bankura, Jhargram, Purulia, Birbhum and North and South 24 Parganas.

Miss Banerjee said fire services department will waive fees, civic bodies will waive taxes and power utilities CESC and WBSEDCL will give 50 per cent discount on the electricity bill.

She told the organisers that they have to avoid crowding at all cost. “This year, we have to be careful during the celebrations,” she said urging puja revellers to wear masks, maintain physical distance and follow the Covid protocols.

Mamata said that three MLAs, several doctors and government officials have died due to Covid.

Big-ticket Pujas to allow only locals:

With the threat of the spread of COVID-19 during pandal-hopping casting a shadow over Durga Puja festivities in West Bengal, a crowdpuller big-budget puja in Kolkata has decided to allow only locals to visit its marquee.

The Santosh Mitra Square Puja Committee, in a statement on Wednesday night, said it has decided to not allow any outsider to visit its marquee based on the Badrinath Temple to prevent the pandemic from assuming gigantic proportions after the puja.

Only residents of adjacent wards, besides committee members, will be allowed to enter the puja compound after they exhibit identity proof, it said.

“We are aware that this decision will be extremely painful for many people. But a festival cannot be bigger than human lives,” the statement issued by the committee’s president Pradip Ghosh and general secretary Sajal Ghosh said.

The puja draws lakhs of visitors every year on all five days of the festival.

Praising the state government for tackling the COVID19 crisis, the committee hoped other puja committees will also follow its lead, keeping in mind this year’s pandemic situation and the threat of community transmission.

The committee’s decision was praised by many people on social media.

“Let this decision be emulated by other big-ticket pujas as well,” a netizen said.

‘We’re rounding the corner’: Donald Trump on Covid; Joe Biden accuses him of having done ‘nothing’

The Democrat, who is holding a steady lead in the polls ahead of the November 3 election, aimed fire immediately on Trump’s coronavirus record, accusing him of having failed the country

US President Donald Trump gave a combative, at times agitated defense of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday while his election challenger Joe Biden, appearing in a simultaneous television town hall on another network, accused him of having done “nothing.”

“We’re rounding the corner,” Trump said with his usual optimism, even as swaths of the United States see sharply rising caseloads.

But pressed by the host of the NBC town hall in Miami, he became quickly frustrated, especially when he was asked about his lukewarm denunciations of extremist right wing groups in the United States.

He refused to denounce QAnon, a conspiracy theory movement that believes Trump is fighting a “deep state” linked to a mysterious global elite running the world’s governments, while also trafficking in child sex.

Trump said “I know nothing about QAnon,” and then continued to say that he liked the shadowy group’s position being “very much against pedophilia.”

By contrast, Biden’s appearance on the rival ABC news network was lower key, emphasizing direct conversations with audience members in the town hall format held in Philadelphia.

The Democrat, who is holding a steady lead in the polls ahead of the November 3 election, aimed fire immediately on Trump’s coronavirus record, accusing him of having failed the country.

“We’re in a situation where we have 210,000 plus people dead and what’s he doing? Nothing. He’s still not wearing masks,” Biden said.

– No debate –

Originally, both candidates had been meant to meet Thursday for what would have been their second of three presidential debates.

The first debate, which took place in Philadelphia, was a brutal affair in which Trump repeatedly talked over the top of Biden and the Democrat told him to “shut up.” The follow-up, however, was scrapped after organizers switched to a virtual format, citing Trump’s coronavirus infection, and the president refused to accept the arrangement.

Trump, who says he is clear of Covid-19 and got back on the campaign trail Monday, has rallies booked around the country for every night this week.

He predicted to supporters at a rally in North Carolina earlier Thursday that Biden would be given an easier time by the moderator and audience over on ABC. “I’m being set up tonight,” he said.

The decision by NBC to accept a Trump appearance at the same time as Biden’s town hall likely meant that few Americans would get to see and contrast the two men.

This may suit reality television veteran Trump, who has often sought to counter-program his Democratic opponents and hog the media limelight.

But with only 19 days until the election, he is running out of time to overtake Biden.

Even a close US Senate ally to Trump, Lindsey Graham, said Thursday that Biden may be on his way to victory.

“You all have a good chance of winning the White House,” he told Democratic colleagues at the opening of a hearing on Trump’s latest conservative Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

– Harris on hold –

The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 217,000 Americans, continued to disrupt the already tense presidential election.

Following Trump’s temporary time out from the campaign while he recovered last week, Biden’s vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris has now put her own travel on hold after her communications director tested positive.

Harris staffer Liz Allen and a flight crew member were diagnosed late Wednesday, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.

Harris did not need to quarantine, O’Malley Dillon added, but “out of an abundance of caution” would cancel travel and campaign virtually before hitting the road again October 19.

Both individuals flew with Harris on October 8. The campaign said they wore masks and were not within six feet (two meters) of Harris for more than 15 minutes.

“I wasn’t in close contact — as defined by the CDC — with either during the 2 days prior to their positive tests,” tweeted Harris, a 55-year-old US senator.

“I’ve had 2 negative tests this week & am not showing symptoms.”

Biden has reported multiple negative coronavirus tests since Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis on October 1, the latest dating from Wednesday night.

The campaign said that yet another person who tested positive had traveled on Biden’s plane this week but had been so far away that the candidate was in no danger and doctors said “there is no need” for him to quarantine.

While Trump boasts of being “immune” to the coronavirus and inaccurately calls experimental therapeutic drugs that were given to him a “cure,” he also continues to be dogged by the pandemic’s fallout.

On Wednesday, his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, revealed that their son Barron, 14, had contracted the virus, but was now negative.

Indian Army chief General MM Naravane to visit Kathmandu next month

During the visit, Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will confer the rank of the Honorary General of the Nepal Army on Gen Naravane.

After months of Nepal releasing the controversial map claiming Indian territories as its own, Indian Army chief General MM Naravane will visit Kathmandu next month.

It will be the first high-level delegation visit to the neighbouring country from India after the controversy happened.

Nepal Army, in a statement Wednesday, said the Indian Army chief “will visit Nepal in the month of November this year”. It said the visit was “approved by the Government of Nepal” on February 3, but “was postponed due to lockdown in both the countries”.

The two sides were in touch to decide the dates. During the visit, Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will confer the rank of the Honorary General of the Nepal Army on Gen Naravane — it’s a 70-year-old tradition, a reciprocal arrangement between the two armies since 1950, said Nepal Army spokesperson Brigadier General Santosh Poudel, reported Indian Express.

General Naravane had earlier suggested that Nepal might be raising the issue of Indian road construction via Lipulekh to Mansarovar at the “behest of someone else”.

On June 9, Nepal’s House of Representative had unanimously endorsed the Constitution Amendment Bill to adopt a new map of the country which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.

Nepal’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shivamaya Tumbahangphe had on May 30 tabled the bill for discussions in the Parliament to update the country’s map and amend the Constitution.

On May 28, India had said that it was open to engage with Nepal on the basis of mutual respect and in an environment of trust to resolve the boundary issue. This came after Nepal, in a surprise move, issued a new political map which included Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani, areas which have been part of the Indian territory.

It cited the Treaty of Sugauli in which the East India Company had demarcated the border between India and Nepal. According to the treaty, the eastern side of the river Kali is Nepal’s territory while the western is India’s.

But the controversy revolves around the interpretation of the treaty. Nepal takes Limpiyadhura as the origin of river Kali and claims Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as its region.

Whereas, India says that the origin of river Kali is Kalapani (Kali name coming from Kalapani).