DK, Udupi record 111 cases, 1 death

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July 7, 2020

Mangaluru/Udupi, Jul 7: Coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi crossed 100 plus Covid19 positive cases mark again on Tuesday, after slipping to double digit cases for a day on Monday. While Dakshina Kannada accounted for 83 of these cases and one death, Udupi tallied 28 fresh cases taking the combined tally of new cases to 111.

DK stood second behind Bengaluru Urban that recorded 800 out of 1,498 new cases that the state recorded for the day.

In all, 48 primary contacts testing positive led DK district’s spurt of 83 cases, Sindhu B Rupesh, deputy commissioner, said. Influenza like illness (ILI) cases accounted for 20 of the 83 cases, one each were diagnosed with severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) and from pre-surgery sample collected before delivery, two had history of inter-district travel, three each were cases of random, pre-surgery samples and source of infection being traced.

A 65-year-old male from Moodbidri who had co-morbid conditions including diabetes, pneumonia and heart ailment succumbed to the pandemic during the day. He was admitted for treatment at a private hospital on July 3. With this, the death toll due to coronavirus in DK district rose to 26 and two of them are due to non-Covid reasons including a case each of suicide and a person succumbing to liver cirrhosis and they tested positive post death.

G Jagadeesha, deputy commissioner, Udupi district said the 28 new cases took the total positive cases in Udupi to 1390. With 1182 patients discharged and three deaths, Udupi as on date has 205 active cases. Those who tested positive include KSRTC driver who travelled to Bengaluru, vegetable vendor at Adi Udupi market and people with travel history to Tumakuru, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Dubai and two even from DK and rest primary contacts, DC said.

Health authorities in DK district also discharged 99 patients during the day to keep their active cases tally at 650. The two districts combined have 855 active cases as on date. As per revised protocol issued by the department of health and family welfare, the district administration also permitted 28 patients with mild symptoms to undergo home isolation while the rest are being treated either at private hospitals or at the designated Covid19 hospital for DK.

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January 6,2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 6: Bengaluru-based digital payments gateway JusPay on Tuesday clarified that about 3.5 crore records with masked card data and card fingerprint were compromised by a hacker and the claim of 10 crore cardholders' data being affected is “incorrect". Responding to claims made by independent cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia on Sunday that data of nearly 10 crore credit and debit card holders in the country is being sold for an undisclosed amount on the Dark Web -- leaked from a compromised server of Juspay, the company said in a fresh statement that none of its merchants and their customers are at any risk.

"The masked card data is used for display purposes on merchant UI and cannot be used for completing a transaction. A part of user metadata in our system which has non-anonymised, plain-text email IDs and phone numbers got compromised," the company informed.

"On August 18, 2020, an unauthorised attempt on our servers was detected and terminated when in progress," it added.

According to JusPay, no full card numbers, order information, card PINs and passwords were leaked.

"We conducted a thorough audit on the day of the incident which confirmed that our 'Secure Data Store' which hosts the 16-digit encrypted card numbers was not accessed and remains secure. The cyberattack was identified in an isolated/separate system," JusPay elaborated.

"We can confirm that the compromised data does not contain any transaction or order information, as the intrusion was terminated before such an access."

Rajaharia had told IANS that the data was being sold on the Dark Web for an undisclosed amount via cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

"For this data, hackers are also contacting via Telegram," he said, adding that if the hackers can find out the Hash algorithm used to generate the card fingerprint, they will be able to decrypt the masked card number.

"In this condition, all 10 crore cardholders are at risk," Rajaharia noted.

JusPay said that it has made significant investments in security and data governance and its policies are aligned to globally accepted data protection standards.

"We did identify gaps in some of the older access keys and moved them to non-access key-based authentication supported by hosting providers. We have also made two-factor authentication (2FA) mandatory for all the tools accessed by our teams," the company said.

According to Saurabh Sharma, Senior Security Researcher (GReAT), Kaspersky (APAC), data leaks due to internal vulnerabilities has become a common instance in India, especially in the last two years.

"Enterprises and institutions have begun to understand the importance of having a strong security framework to save themselves from an external attack by a cybercriminal. However, they tend to overlook the internal vulnerabilities that can prove to be very damaging to their reputation and business if exploited by the bad guys," Sharma told IANS.

Regular network and server evaluation, proactive detection of zero-day vulnerabilities and patching them immediately, launching attractive bug-bounty programmes and promptly informing the users of a potential leak are some of the "mandatory steps that large enterprises and institutions should follow in order to stay away from cybercriminals and save their reputation," he added.

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January 1,2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 1: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar on Friday mocked Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa over latter's remarks that he will complete his remaining term.

"What was the need for the CM to say he’ll stay on for two more years? We hadn’t questioned him. He certified himself because there’s panic," Mr Shivkumar said while referring to Mr Yediyurappa’s assertion that there will not be any change in leadership and he would complete his term till 2023.

"Their own MLAs have been talking about a change in leadership. If a CM has to certify himself, it means there's some danger lurking", the Congress leader averred.

He also lashed out at the BJP government for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the advent of the new strain. Reacting to Health Minister K Sudhakar’s statement that 75 UK-returnees were yet to be traced he said, "They don’t have basic common sense. People came via flights and we have their addresses. Why weren’t they held and checked in the airport itself? This shows administrative failure."

Expressing his satisfaction over the gram panchayat election results, he said that the Congress-backed candidates had performed well. "Despite the pressure of money and misuse of power, our workers did well. Although we’re in the Opposition, we’ve bagged good numbers in the elections," he added.

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January 7,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 7: To provide technical assistance to Agriculture farmers time and again, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday flagged off 'Krishi Sanjeevini' mobile testing lab.

On the occasion, he called upon the farmers to make best use of the vehicle allotted to their Centre. In all 40 such vehicles were rolled out.

Stating that this testing mobile lab will help the farmers for testing soil, water and diseases, if any. It would submit a report to the Agriculture department for necessary actions. More such labs will be provided in the coming days across the state.

Minister for Agriculture B C Patil said it was a lab to land project and an ambulance-style siren was fitted to the farm's Sanjeevani vehicle.

A total of 40 'Krishi Sanjeevini' vehicles are being rolled out to farmers across the State, ranging from small districts to large ones. The Mobile Plant Health Clinic (Agrobiology), agricultural production and productivity depends on natural disasters such as erosion, overgrowth, cyclone, pest and disease, as well as soil fertility and other factors.

He said that the department's priority is to provide farmers with information on improved agricultural production technology, supply of quality agricultural tools and adequate use of recommended fertilizers, pest and disease management, nutrients available in the soil, and encourage proper crop growth.

He said that the Mobile Plant Health Clinic (Agricultural Sanjeevani) Scheme is being implemented in all districts of the state to provide guidelines on pest, disease and weeds and control measures on soil nutrient deficiency and adequate management.

He said necessary steps have been taken to provide for establishment of 40 Traditional Plant Health Clinics in all districts under the National Agricultural Development Program by 2020-21. Similarly, in the districts of Bellary and Koppal, in the respective districts, under the grant of action of the District Mineral Foundation, the Mobile Plant Health Clinic (Agricultural Sanjeevini) is being integrated, he added.

Conducting surveys at all stages of the crop periodically and informing farmers on possible pest, disease and weed management practices. He said that the State Level Surveillance and Advisory Committee is already in existence at the State level and the District Disaster Surveillance and Advisory Committee at the district level.

He said that these Committees include Scientists from Agriculture Universities, Indian Agricultural Advisory Organization, officials of the Central Comprehensive Disease Management Center and technical officers of the Agriculture Department. He explained that farmer surveillance and advisory units are more efficient and more efficient with the establishment of agricultural livelihoods.

The main objective of the project is to reduce the cost of production. Farmers can buy quality fertilizers at their own level and find cheap fertilizers. In this section, farmers will be given easy test demonstrations to check if the fertilizers are contaminated or duplicated by easy tests. Farmers can start buying quality fertilizers at their own stage.

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