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Tips to go green this Diwali




New Delhi, Nov 3: In between all the shopping frenzy that comes along with Diwali, people often forget how the products they purchase can affect the environment. Being a little mindful will help.

Rajesh Aggarwal, Founder, Zedpack and Shreya Jain, Founder of Shreya Jain Couture, have listed down a few tips which can help people with an eco-conscious mind to save nature this Diwali:

* Use non-plastic bags: Shopkeepers and buyers are still using plastic bags which end up in landfills, causing soil suffocation and erosion. To contribute a bit to the environment, shoppers must carry non-woven or jute bags with them to counter the dependence on these hazardous bags.

* Use green wrappers for gifts: Apart from plastic bags, the second biggest delinquent for landfills are plastic wrappers. Use gift wrappers made up of newspapers, brown bags or wrappers made up of green fabrics. People can even design gift wrappers at home as per their convenience and comfort. They just need chart paper and the artistic family member for the designs and patterns.

* Using LED lights: LED light is a useful innovation to the energy saving products and people are buying it for cutting down unnecessary electrical expenses. During this Diwali, one can buy LED strip which is reasonable and eco-friendly altogether. The best part of LED lights apart from saving electrical costs are the materials used in its making like Gallium phosphide (GaP) which provides high reliability at low energy.

* Avoid crackers: Seeing the recent menace of air pollution, one should definitely spread awareness and discourage people from buying even small crackers, which can contribute to the smoke and smog altogether. So one should say a big no to firecrackers this season, after all, we want to raise a generation, who can witness these festivals without serious health ailments.

* Spread the joy by sharing leftover food: Diwali as a festival is known for its happiness and joy, people who can afford new clothes and great cuisines can help the environment a bit by minimising food wastage and sharing the sweets and foods with poor children and families. It will not just make your Diwali special but will definitely spread happiness around the environment.



EVM Hacking: BJP leader Reddy Rubbishes Murder Allegation Against Him



New Delhi, Jan 22: Telangana BJP leader and former MLA G Kishan Reddy denied the murder allegations levelled against him by a man identified as Syed Shuja.

“A man named Syed Shuja made allegations against me in London yesterday, in front of Congress party’s Kapil Sibal, that my friends and I killed 11 people in Hyderabad. It was your government then. Your officers were working at that time, how could I kill 11 ppl over tampering issue?,” Reddy said.

Reddy demanded a high-level inquiry after Syed Shuja, a self-proclaimed cyber expert based in the US,has alleged that Reddy and his men killed 11 people in Hyderabad.

” I don’t have a criminal record and I demand high-level inquiry.If I could tamper with EVM I would have been Telangana CM. How did Congress win MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan if EVMs were tampered with?Congress leaders committed murders in Telangana and Andhra,I’m not like them,” Reddy said..

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BJP Targets Congress Over London Presser on EVM tampering



New Delhi, Jan 22 : A day after a cyber expert levelled various charges against the BJP, including the allegation that the 2014 general elections were rigged and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde was “murdered” before he could expose it,Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday questioned the presence of senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal at the ‘EVM Hackathon’ event in London where Suja made the sensational claims.

“Congress’ false agenda is an insult to the Indian voters. In what capacity was senior Congress leader present at the EVM hackathon event? He went there to monitor it on behalf of Congress,” Prasad said in New Delhi. “Is the Congress-sponsored event designed to defame the popular mandate of India?”

Prasad also said that the Congress has a habit of “attacking” a constitutional institution like the Election Commission of India. “EVMs have been in operation since 20 years,” Prasad said, adding that by generating the controversy, the Congress was trying to find an excuse for its “impending defeat” in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

At the hackathon’s press conference in London,Syed Shuja, a self-proclaimed cyber expert based in the US, had made sensational allegations that the BJP had jacked the EVMs in 2014 without offering a shred of evidence.

“This was a Congress-sponsored London press conference. Is the Congress-sponsored event designed to defame the popular mandate of 2014? Is it meant to insult the nation’s voters,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned.

Raising questions about the expert’s credentials, Prasad said, “I have been IT minister for four-and-a-half years, I have never heard of him. This man comes from the US, face covered. Don’t understand this drama. Such colossal nonsense.”

Shuja’s claims on Gopinath Munde being killed because he knew of the 2014 “rigging”, the minister said: “He (Gopinath Munde) is not here to respond. He died in an accident in Delhi. Sudhir Gupta, an AIIMS doctor, has said he did the post-mortem and Munde died of a neck injury. How can they call it murder?”

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Enterprises must be prepared for mega cyber attacks: Check Point CEO



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Bangkok, Jan 22 : The world is on the brink of facing mega cyber attacks and the enterprises need to be prepared more than ever before, a top executive of Israel-based cybersecurity solution provider Check Point Software Technologies said here on Tuesday.

“Large-scale and fast-moving across mobile, Cloud and on premise networks, 5th Generation cyber attacks have increased over the past year, impacting more companies than ever before,” Gil Shwed, Check Point Founder and CEO, said in his keynote address during the company’s annual event here.

Cyber attacks and data fraud or theft were listed in the top five of the World Economic Forum’s 14th edition of “Global Risks Report 2019”.

“This is indicative of the fact that how much cyber risks have intensified, particularly in 2017 — both in their prevalence and disruptive potential,” noted Shwed.

According to him, most companies focus particularly on detecting the fraud. By the time a cyber attack is detected, which, according to the industry standard, is 5-6 months, the damage is already done.

“A good malware can breach critical data in a matter of minutes and shut down the networks in seconds. The need is to be future-ready and protect before the advent of such an event,” Shwed emphasised.

Most enterprises today are generally protected for only Gen 2 and Gen 3 viruses.

“They need to close the security ‘generation gap’ by deploying infrastructures which combine real-time threat prevention, shared intelligence and the most-advanced security across all enterprise environments.

Shwed also unveiled “Maestro”, an industry-first hyperscale network security solution.

“Maestro” is a new architecture that enables businesses of any size enjoy the power of flexible Cloud-level security platforms and seamlessly expand their existing security gateways to hyperscale capacity.

Shwed also introduced “Nano Security” — Gen VI of cyber security which can be embedded on every device, web or Cloud service, applications and network, to protect the hyper-connected, hyperscale world.

The three-day “CPX360” event is aimed at addressing most-pressing cyber security challenges and helping organisations of all sizes develop strategies to prevent cyber threats and sophisticated hackers impacting their business.

(Rachel V. Thomas is in Bangkok at the invitation of Check Point Software Technologies. She can be contacted at [email protected])

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