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30th October 2019 Current Affairs

1. Kudankulam Nuclear plant & ‘DTrack’ malware

  • The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) on Wednesday confirmed that a malware had indeed infected its system at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), a day after KKNPP officials had categorically asserted that the systems at the plant could not be accessed by anyone outside the network as they were all isolated.
  • The matter was conveyed by CERT-In [Indian Computer Emergency Response Team] when it was noticed by them on September 4, 2019.
  • The investigation had revealed that the infected computer belonged to a user who was connected “in the Internet connected network used for administrative purposes

About CERT-IN

  • CERT-In is an acronym for ‘Indian Computer Emergency Response Team’. As per Information Technology Amendment Act 2008, CERT-In is the National Incident Response Centre for major computer security incidents in its constituency i.e. Indian cyber community.
  • CERT-IN is operational since 2004
  • CERT-In’s primary role is to raise security awareness among Indian cyber community and to provide technical assistance and advise them to help them recover from computer security incidents. It functions under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

2. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

  • President during his convocation address in Jamia millia University emphasised need to connect all sections of society with development and appreciated the University for adopting five villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
  • Unnat Bharat Abhiyan was launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in April 2018.
  • Under this each selected institute would adopt a cluster of villages/panchayats. Institutes will then carry out studies to assess the local problems and then use technology to improve the implementation of various government schemes.
  • The Objective is to use the knowledge base of the Premier Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the country to ensure rural development.
  • The key points include helping villages achieve 100% school results, creating 25 jobs each in four sectors in each village where work would take place, increasing rural incomes, providing drinking water and sanitation to villages, disposing village garbage, among other things.
  • Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0, both technical and non-technical institutions have been invited to build systems in villages as per their strengths.

3. Graded Response Action Plan – Delhi

  • Some stricter measures to fight air pollution will come into force in Delhi’s neighborhood starting October 15 2019, as part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
  • GRAP institutionalized the measures to be taken when air quality deteriorates.
  • It aims to roll out progressively tougher actions as pollution levels rise, without waiting for an emergency to impose strict measures.
  • GRAP has been successful in doing two things that had not been done before –
    • creating a step-by-step plan for the entire Delhi-NCR region
    • getting on board several agencies: all pollution control boards, industrial area authorities, municipal corporations, regional officials of IMD and others
  • The biggest success of GRAP has been in fixing accountability and deadlines.

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