43-yr-old man dies after covid-19 vaccination in Karnataka

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January 18, 2021

Ballari, Jan 18: A middle aged man lost his life after covid-19 vaccination on Monday at Ballari in Karnataka, Health Ministry said on Monday. Post-mortem being carried out at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences in Karnataka.

As per latest information, the deceased was comorbid and diabetic. He was 43 years old and got the shot on Saturday. The man complained of chest pain in the morning and was taken to a hospital where he died.

"The said individual was vaccinated on January 16 (Saturday). As per the physician's opinion, it is a clear case of myocardial infarction. It is not related to the vaccination,” said Dr B Devanand, Director, Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), Ballari.

“However, they are doing the post-mortem, the viscera has been sent to the pathology department. After the pathology report, the cause of death will be known. The post-mortem has already been initiated," he added. 

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February 23,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 23: Veteran Konkani writer Gratian Pius D’Silva who was popular as Herolpius, passed away Monday night.

He was 67 and survived by his wife and two children.

He was a former Immigration Director of Mangaluru International Airport. Gratian had authored 10 novels, 170 short stories and about 200 poems. He had to his credit over 300 articles and 1200 humorous write-ups.

Gratian was the recipient of several awards including Goa Bhasha Mandal, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and Konkani Kutam Bahrain and Daiji Dubai Awards.

His four decades of assiduous and constant work makes him the ‘hidden giant’ of Konkani literature. He is one among the rare breed of Konkani writers whose work has been found worthwhile for translation into Kannada and Hindi languages.

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March 5,2021

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Mangaluru, Mar 5: Every incident of joblessness can in some way be attributed to the lack of career guidance or misalignment of education and career goals, said KPSC Member Dr. Ronald Anil Fernandes.

Addressing the gatherings after inaugurating the 'MERAKI', the career day organised by the University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau (UEIGB) at Mangala auditorium of Mangalore University on Friday, he expressed concern over unemployment and said, 'In Uttar Pradesh, according to a media report, 3700 PhD holders, 28,000 PG holders and 50,000 graduates applied for 62 peon posts, which is appalling. The health of the economy is really alarming'.

He further stated that 36 crore youth, 27.5 % population of the country belong to the age group of 15 and 29. In Karnataka 1.7 crore youth fall in this age group. Post pandemic getting a job is a difficult task. While many have been doing part-time job and others forced to take up jobs unrelated to what they studied at college.

Meanwhile, he added that there are many examples like Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Face Book), Elon Muck (Tesla) and many others, who proved that graduation is not important to become a successful entrepreneurs.  Exposure to vocational education in all schools and colleges, which may be with industry training may help.

Explaining the importance of competitive exams, he said that out of 2,123 candidates who appeared for the interview in 2020, only 7 were from coastal region. Never give up approach, good coaching centres and readiness to work anywhere is very important to overcome this problem.

Presiding over the function, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof. P Subrahmanya Yadapadithaya said that we should deserve first then should desire. “Failure is not the end and it increases our capacity.  Willingness to perform, utilizing ample opportunities and developing competence, being a smart performer is the key,” he added.

Registrar (Administration) K Raju Mogaveera (KAS) opined that the university campus should prepare students for their life. Also hoped developing a sophisticated competitive exam training centre at the university.  UEIGB Chief Dr. Preethi Keerthi D'Souza explained the activities of the bureau and urged students to utilise the opportunity under UEIGB.

Bantwal Tahsildar and Taluk Magistrate S R Rashmi and IDP Education India Private Limited Senior Executive Shijomon Yesudhas were present among others. UEIGB Deputy Chief S J Hemachandra (KES) conferred vote of thanks.

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March 1,2021

Amidst heightened border tension, Chinese hackers targeted India's power  through malware: US firm | Law-Order

Washington, Mar 1: Amidst the tense border tension between India and China, a Chinese government-linked group of hackers targeted India's critical power grid system through malware, a US company has claimed in its latest study, raising suspicion whether last year's massive power outage in Mumbai was a result of the online intrusion.

Recorded Future, a Massachusetts-based company which studies the use of the internet by state actors, in its recent report details the campaign conducted by a China-linked threat activity group RedEcho targeting the Indian power sector.

The activity was identified through a combination of large-scale automated network traffic analytics and expert analysis.

Data sources include the Recorded Future Platform, SecurityTrails, Spur, Farsight and common open-source tools and techniques, the report said.

On October 12, a grid failure in Mumbai resulted in massive power outages, stopping trains on tracks, hampering those working from home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and hitting the stuttering economic activity hard.

It took two hours for the power supply to resume for essential services, prompting Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to order an enquiry into the incident.

In its report, Recorded Future notified the appropriate Indian government departments prior to publication of the suspected intrusions to support incident response and remediation investigations within the impacted organisations.

There was no immediate response from the Indian government on the study by the US company.

Since early 2020, Recorded Future's Insikt Group observed a large increase in suspected targeted intrusion activity against Indian organisations from the Chinese state-sponsored group.

The New York Times, in a report, said that the discovery raises the question about whether the Mumbai outage was meant as a message from Beijing about what might happen if India pushed its border claims too vigorously.

According to the Recorded Future report, from mid-2020 onwards, Recorded Future's midpoint collection revealed a steep rise in the use of infrastructure tracked as AXIOMATICASYMPTOTE, which encompasses ShadowPad command and control (C2) servers, to target a large swathe of India's power sector.

Ten distinct Indian power sector organisations, including four of the five Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDC) responsible for operation of the power grid through balancing electricity supply and demand, have been identified as targets in a concerted campaign against India's critical infrastructure.

Other targets identified included two Indian seaports, it said.

According to the report, the targeting of Indian critical infrastructure offers limited economic espionage opportunities.

However, we assess they pose significant concerns over potential pre-positioning of network access to support Chinese strategic objectives, it said.

Pre-positioning on energy assets may support several potential outcomes, including geostrategic signalling during heightened bilateral tensions, supporting influence operations, or as a precursor to kinetic escalation, Recorded Future said.

RedEcho has strong infrastructure and victimology overlaps with Chinese groups APT41/Barium and Tonto Team, while ShadowPad is used by at least five distinct Chinese groups, it said.

The high concentration of IPs (Internet Protocols) resolving to Indian critical infrastructure entities communicating over several months with a distinct subset of AXIOMATICASYMPTOTE servers used by RedEcho indicate a targeted campaign, with little evidence of wider targeting in Recorded Future's network telemetry, it said.

Recorded Future said that in the lead-up to the May 2020 border skirmishes, it observed a noticeable increase in the provisioning of PlugX malware C2 infrastructure, much of which was subsequently used in intrusion activity targeting Indian organisations.

The PlugX activity included the targeting of multiple Indian government, public sector and defence organisations from at least May 2020, it said.

While not unique to Chinese cyber espionage activity, PlugX has been heavily used by China-nexus groups for many years.

Throughout the remainder of 2020, we identified a heavy focus on the targeting of Indian government and private sector organisations by multiple Chinese state-sponsored threat activity groups, it said.

In its report, Recorder Future alleged that it also observed the suspected Indian state-sponsored group Sidewinder target Chinese military and government entities in 2020, in activity overlapping with recent Trend Micro research.

The Massachusetts-based company's report came as the armies of the two countries began disengagement of troops locked in over eight-month-long standoff in eastern Ladakh.

Both countries reached a mutual agreement last month for the disengagement of troops from the most contentious area of North and South banks of the Pangong Lake.

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