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MoD tightens cyber-security, restricts internet use by its personnel

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After incidents of hacking, the defence ministry has tightened rules on cyber security, reports The Economic Times. A recent audit of the computer systems the defence ministry headquarters showed that classified documents were being stored on computers linked to the internet, among other lapses. Since the audit, internet access has been limited for defence personnel, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled devices have been banned from South Block. In April 2015, a Singapore-based firm had uncovered a large-scale cyber espionage network allegedly linked to the Chinese government that had been active for 10 years.

Indira's rule 'worse' than that of the British: Bihar govt website

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The Bihar government enraged the Congress party on Sunday, by posting a piece on its official website that called Indira Gandhi's rule worse than that of the British. The Congress is part of the Grand Alliance that forms the government in Bihar. Referring to the late leader Jay Prakash Narayan who had opposed the late Congress leader and prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the 1970s, the website said: "Thus, in Free India, this septuagenarian, who had fought for India's freedom alongside Indira Gandhi's father, Jawahar Lal Nehru, received a treatment that was worse than what the British had meted out to Gandhiji in Champaran in 1917..."

Vyapam deaths free of foul play, CBI expected to report

The deaths of 20 people last year who were linked to the Vyapam test-rigging scam in Madhya Pradesh are expected to be cleared of foul play by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), reports the Hindustan Times. The CBI took charge of the investigation in July 2015, after a series of deaths involving accused, beneficiaries, whistle-blowers and witnesses in the scam led to allegations of a cover up by the politicians and bureaucrats. At least 2,800 people have been arrested and hundreds are wanted in the Vyapam scandal.

Sonia, Gadkari condolence visits to Mehbooba increase political buzz in J&K


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As Mehbooba Mufti mourned the death of her father, the late Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who died on 8 January, the political buzz grew louder in Kashmir after the visits of BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday, reports The Economic Times. Mehbooba refuses to take the oath as chief minister till the mourning period ends. Speculation is rife that she may review the coalition government between her party, the PDP, and its partner, the BJP. Historically, the Congress has been close to the PDP.

Malda riots: BJP fact-finding panel detained

The three-member fact-finding committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - formed by party chief Amit Shah to look into the Malda violence - was detained by the district administration on 11 January when they were on their way to violence-stricken area.

The team consists of BJP MPs SS Ahluwalia, Bhupendra Yadav and Vishna Dayal Ram.

The administration and police reportedly did not allow the panel to visit Malda claiming their visit might lead to a deterioration in law and order situation.

Why women can't enter Sabarimala temple, asks Supreme Court

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday questioned the prohibition on allowing women to enter the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala in Kerala, stating that such a practice had no constitutional basis. Hearing a petition filed by the Indian Young Lawyers Association, the apex court asked the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the Sabarimala temple, to make its stance clear. The next hearing in this case has been scheduled for February 8. Traditionally, many temples bar menstruating women from entering the premises. In Sabarimala, women aged between 10 and 50 are not permitted to enter.

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Pathankot attack probe: India to move Interpol

The Union Home Ministry said on Monday that India will move Interpol to secure a Black Corner Notice to identify the four terrorists killed during the Pathankot operations.

A 10-member National Intelligence Agency (NIA) team, led by a DIG, has continued the search operation in the area where the encounter of terrorists took place. The security forces have recovered one more mobile phone, one AK-47 magazine and binocular from the encounter site during the search operation. Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police (SP) Salwinder Singh, who was today summoned by the NIA, was grilled the entire day about the incident.As the examination was not completed, he has been summoned for questioning yet again tomorrow.

11 years old and already compared with Einstein and Hawking

With a Mensa IQ score of 162 out of 162, Kashmea Wahi, an 11-year-old girl of Indian origin in the UK, finds herself in the same IQ category of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, reports the Hindustan Times. Mumbai-born Wahi is now in the top one per cent of Britain's brightest, but said she took the Mensa test simply to show her parents that spending all her time with her face in a book is not necessarily bad. "I am buzzing with excitement," she said. London-based Wahi had helped her school team to third place in the Oxford Maths challenge last year, and plays netball, competitive lawn tennis and national level chess.

NRIs are likely to get aadhar cards to 'participate in India's growth story'

In her address to the first limited edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted the Aadhaar card scheme to be extended to NRIs.

"So far Aadhar card has been given to those Indians who live in India. It is not for non-resident Indians. But you will be happy to know that the Prime Minister wants the card to be given to the NRIs the way it is issued to people living in India," Swaraj said during an interaction after her address.

Beijing to shut down 2500 polluting firms by 2016


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Arvind Kejriwal should draw inspiration from Beijing. To find a permanent solution to smog in the winter months, Beijing has decided to shut down 2500 polluting firms.

Fengtai, Fangshan, Tongzhou and Daxing districts will shut firms by the end of this year. The whole city is expected to follow suit by 2017.

Beijing aims to eliminate coal use in six downtown districts in two years and help 600,000 households shift from coal to clean energy in five years.