India bans 118 Mobile Apps along with PUBG to protect the country’s Sovereignty, Integrity, Defence and Security

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 118 mobile apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps.. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that information posted, permissions sought, functionality embedded as well as data harvesting practices of above stated Apps raise serious concerns that these Apps collect and share data in surreptitious manner and compromise personal data and information of users that can have a severe threat to security of the State.

In the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of the State. And using the sovereign powers, the Government of India has decided to block the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices. These apps are listed in the attached appendix.

This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

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Cabinet approves Kashmir Official Langaues Bill 2020 to make Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi and English as official languages in J&K

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Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi: The Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday 2 September 2020, has approved the introduction in Parliament of the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill 2020 in which five languages will be official languages. These are Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi and English.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar made this announcement at a media briefing and said that the Bill is being intriduced in Parliament on public demand and it’s details would be revealed when the Bill gets introduced in Parliament.

Union Cabinet approves Mission Karmayogi – the new national architecture for Civil Services Capacity building

Cabinet also gave its nod to “Mission Karmayogi” – National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building. The scheme will lay the foundation for capacity building for Civil Servants so they remain entrenched in Indian culture while they learn from best practices across the world.

The Prime Minister will be the chairman of the HR Council.

First Cycling Summit in the country to be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore

Harpal Singh Bedi

Cycling Federation of India (CFI) signs MoU with Contarctica

New Delhi: The first Cycling Summit in India. will be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and is expected to be a unique confluence of cycling enthusiasts, renowned athletes and businesses from all over the country.

Announcing this the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) on Tuesday said that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a new-age marketing exploration firm, Contarctica to conduct this event.y

The Cycling Summit 2021 is an avant-garde event that will open with a cycle ride from the heart of the city to the event venue followed by a series of specially curated workshops, masterclasses and open interactions with eminent athletes.

It will also feature the cycle tech-show, city tours, demos and product launches. This one-day summit is especially designed to promote the culture of cycling and exchange knowledge with budding and professional cyclists.

It will consist of cyclists, athletes, fitness and sports enthusiasts, cycling coaches, health and nutrition experts and influencers. There will also be indigenous and global brands that cater to the needs of health, fitness and cycling enthusiasts. The Cycling Summit 2021 will offer a unique platform for thought leadership and a great launchpad for new and growing brands. The summit is estimated to attract around 25,000 people in each city.

On the occasion of MoU signing, Charman, CFI & Secretary General, Asian Cycling Confederation. Onkar Singh said, “The outbreak of COVID-19 may have jolted the world, but it has also made people understand the importance of fitness. While many reports indicate a steep rise in the sales of fitness equipment, the biggest beneficiary has been the cycling industry.

‘We have witnessed an unprecedent growth in cycle sales amongst first time riders. We wish to encourage this trend and cultivate the love for cycling in people from all age groups. The Cycling Summit is a step in that direction and I am extremely thrilled to introduce it to cyclists from every nook and corner of the country.”

CFI secretary general, Maninder Pal Singh, said that “It will be a milestone in the history of Indian Cycling The summit aims to offer a platform to all sections of the cycling community to get a deeper understanding of the technical know-how related to cycling, as a hobby and as a professional sport.

Mr. Awnesh Gulati, Director, Contarctica said, Our mission is to make India a cycling nation. This MoU signing with CFI is the first step towards building a stronger, healthier cycling ecosystem in the country.

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