TIDBITS

cbi-alerts-beware-of-malicious-softwares-and-mobile-apps

CBI alerts: Beware of malicious softwares and mobile apps

Based on inputs received from INTERPOL, CBI issued an alert against Cerberus; a banking Trojan. The malicious software takes advantage of COVID-19 Pandemic to impersonate and send SMS using the lure of COVID-19 related content to download the embedded malicious link, which deploys its malicious app usually spread via phishing campaigns to trick users into installing it on their smartphones.

 

This Trojan primarily focuses on stealing financial data such as credit card numbers. In addition, it can use overlay attacks to trick victims into providing personal information and can capture two-factor authentication details.

11 hours ago
spiritual-column-gita-acharan-13

Spiritual column: Gita Acharan-13

If one word could describe the entire Gita it would be Drishta (a witness), which appears in many contexts. An understanding of this is important as most of us think 'we' do things and control situations. Arjun, who was about sixty at the time of the Kurukshetra war, had lived a good life and enjoyed all luxuries. As a warrior he had tasted victory in many a battle. At the time of war, he felt that he was the Karta (Aham-karta; Ahankaar ) and felt that he would be responsible for the death of his kith and kin, which led to his despondency on the battlefield. The entire Gita is Lord Krishna’s attempt to tell him that he is not the Karta . The natural question that follows is: “ If I am not karta, then what am I”. The Lord

explains in the Gita that Arjun is 'Drishta', a witness. Due to 60 years of good and bad life experiences, Arjun finds it difficult to grasp the idea that he is only a ‘ Sakshi ’ and not the 'Karta'. Only the Lord’s painstaking explanation convinces him of this fact. Though most cultures tell us that we are just a ‘ Drishta ’, those at the start of their spiritual journey end up being confused with the idea. Drishta (Sakshi) is a state of intellect but is not manifest in the physical world. It is the ability that helps us step back from the day to day happenings around ourselves and have internal stability. It helps us realize that though it is in the nature of things to give us pleasure and pain, we should always act without desiring any particular outcome( karma-phal ). It is the ability to witness our feelings and subordinate them.

(Author K Siva Prasad is 1993 batch IAS officer, Punjab cadre)

24 May 2020
cbi-alerts-beware-of-malicious-softwares-and-mobile-apps

CBI alerts: Beware of malicious softwares and mobile apps

By IndianMandarins 11 hours ago

Based on inputs received from INTERPOL, CBI issued an alert against Cerberus; a banking Trojan. The malicious software takes advantage of COVID-19 Pandemic to impersonate and send SMS using the lure of COVID-19 related content to download the embedded malicious link, which deploys its malicious app usually spread via phishing campaigns to trick users into installing it on their smartphones.

 

This Trojan primarily focuses on stealing financial data such as credit card numbers. In addition, it can use overlay attacks to trick victims into providing personal information and can capture two-factor authentication details.

spiritual-column-gita-acharan-13

Spiritual column: Gita Acharan-13

By K Siva Prasad 24 May 2020

If one word could describe the entire Gita it would be Drishta (a witness), which appears in many contexts. An understanding of this is important as most of us think 'we' do things and control situations. Arjun, who was about sixty at the time of the Kurukshetra war, had lived a good life and enjoyed all luxuries. As a warrior he had tasted victory in many a battle. At the time of war, he felt that he was the Karta (Aham-karta; Ahankaar ) and felt that he would be responsible for the death of his kith and kin, which led to his despondency on the battlefield. The entire Gita is Lord Krishna’s attempt to tell him that he is not the Karta . The natural question that follows is: “ If I am not karta, then what am I”. The Lord

explains in the Gita that Arjun is 'Drishta', a witness. Due to 60 years of good and bad life experiences, Arjun finds it difficult to grasp the idea that he is only a ‘ Sakshi ’ and not the 'Karta'. Only the Lord’s painstaking explanation convinces him of this fact. Though most cultures tell us that we are just a ‘ Drishta ’, those at the start of their spiritual journey end up being confused with the idea. Drishta (Sakshi) is a state of intellect but is not manifest in the physical world. It is the ability that helps us step back from the day to day happenings around ourselves and have internal stability. It helps us realize that though it is in the nature of things to give us pleasure and pain, we should always act without desiring any particular outcome( karma-phal ). It is the ability to witness our feelings and subordinate them.

(Author K Siva Prasad is 1993 batch IAS officer, Punjab cadre)

now-or-never-swamy-cautions-uddhav-to-break-alliance

Now or Never: Swamy cautions Uddhav to break alliance

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

With Maharashtra situation getting grim by the day, Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted recently: ‘time is now or never: Uddhav break the alliance now otherwise NCP and Congress will destroy you by staged events.” The Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra has failed to handle the Coronavirus situation resulting into huge spike into the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, the President’s Rule is the only way out in Maharashtra to prevent its further spread. Although, it is a clear embarrassment to the present government because of the collapse of the economic capital of India as the country is virtually at the doors of an economic emergency.

no-gyan-ki-baat-only-kam-ki-baat-

No gyan ki baat, only kam ki baat!

By IndianMandarins 19 May 2020

Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS:1986:GJ) is being widely appreciated for his go-getter approach. He was made overall in-charge of Ahmedabad city for CIVID-19 management after the Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, in the first week of May, put himself under isolation apprehending COVID infection. 


A sharp decline in active COVID-19 cases in Gandhinagar city from 4.25% to 1.75% in May first week was an outcome of certain proactive professional measures like roping in private hospitals; augmenting bed capacity for COVID treatment and isolation; announcing a set of “immediate measure” to control viral spread; issuing IDs to enlisted vegetables and fruit vendors etc.


What was noticed more loudly was his strategy of ascertaining more clarity in decisions and set of guidelines. Documents on decisions, guidelines, COVID protocols were released and disseminated in public on a daily basis. Gupta regularly released his videos informing people about revised guidelines, a fresh set of decisions which were widely appreciated so much so that some media-persons based out of Ahmedabad city said that Gupta’s regular release of videos mirrored his administrative skills as he talked business and spoke to the point i.e. “No gyan ki baat only kam ki baat”.

crumbling-rajkot-citadel-

Crumbling Rajkot citadel!

By IndianMandarins 19 May 2020

In the power corridors of Ahmedabad, it has been consistently observed how Vijay and Anjali Rupani has been promoting Rajkot at the cost of merit. It is believed that CM Rupani promoted and given shelter to his Rajkot coterie of officers. But in the recent past, a few officers were either removed or replaced without taking the CM or CMO into confidence. Similarly, a small bureaucratic rejig effected on May 17 evening too exhibited the same phenomena i.e. shunting out of the officer allegedly having a strong Rajkot connection.

the-government-wants-50-central-government-employees-to-join-office

The government wants 50% central government employees to join office

By IndianMandarins 19 May 2020

The central government has asked 50 percent of its employees below the deputy secretary level to join work in the office. Only 33 percent of such employees have been attending the office due to coronavirus lockdown so far.

Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that the move will help towards the normal functioning of the central government offices. Allowing 50 percent of staff to resume work from office is a move towards the normal functioning of central government offices. The work in offices will gain efficiency and expediency.

The government plans staggered entry and exit timings for the central government employees joining the office. Social distancing norms will be strictly followed by central government employees resuming work from the office.

All heads of department have been asked by the DoPT to prepare a roster to ensure that 50 percent of officers and staff attend office on every alternate day. All officers of the level of deputy secretary and above shall attend office on all working days.

Officers are not required to attend office on a particular day can work from home but should be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times. All heads of the department have also been asked to ensure that the 50 percent of officers and staff who attend office observe staggered timings. There will be three shifts for the central government employees – 9 am to 5.30 pm, 9.30 am to 6 pm and 10 am to 6.30 pm. 

spiritual-column-gita-acharan-12

Spiritual Column: Gita Acharan- 12

By K Siva Prasad 17 May 2020

Arjuna compares the mind to the wind and wants to know as to how to control it so that it maintains balance.  Krishna says that it's certainly difficult, but it can be achieved through the practice of Vairagya.

The mind is evolved to judge inputs brought in by the senses into safe and unsafe and uses memory while doing so. This ability helped us survive and prosper during evolution.

The same ability of the mind can be used for internal judging, which is called awareness. We can feed our own thoughts and feelings back to the judging mind to improve the quality of judging. Similar feedback mechanisms are used to enhance machine learning as well as to stabilize electronic systems. Lord Krishna is hinting at developing this faculty through practice as this doesn't come naturally. In terms of neuroscience, it's like building new neural networks.

It's easier to understand Vairagya by understanding its polar opposite Raag .  Raag is broadly a chase for pleasures in the manifested world like physical beauty, careers and material possessions. As per the principle of polarity,  every raag ends in vairagya but our attention is always on raag and we tend to overlook vairagya .

Some philosophies like Stoicism advocate the use of death, which is the peak of Vairagya . It's called 'Memento Mori', i.e. constantly revisiting death. In this they keep something(memento) as a reminder of death at a prominent location in the workplace or at home so that they constantly revisit it.  Indian philosophy refers to this as Shamshan Vairagya . 

Krishna says that if you put Vairagya into practice, it will stabilize the mind at the center.

These lockdown periods gave us glimpses of vairagya moments. A small steak of vairagya generated can help us to attain a balanced mind for peace and joy.

shah-and-officials-working-out-new-guidelines-for-lockdown-4-0

Shah and officials working out new guidelines for lockdown 4.0

By IndianMandarins 16 May 2020

Home Minister Amit Shah has held meetings with top officials of the ministry including Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. Several meetings were held with officials of the ministry ahead of the announcement of new guidelines for the fourth-phase of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

 

The new guideline has to take place from May 18. Senior officials are busy drafting guidelines for the fourth-phase of the lockdown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on May 12 had said that the lockdown 4.0 will have a completely different form with new rules.

 

New guidelines will have to be in place by May 18 and greater relaxations and flexibility will be seen in the lockdown-4 with the gradual reopening of railways and domestic airlines while powers will the given to states and Union territories to define COVID-19 hotspots.

 

The final guidelines will be issued by the home ministry only after going through suggestions of state governments. State governments and UT administrations have submitted their recommendations.

free stat counter

Indianmandarins.com, an initiative of New Media Network, is a multi-media initiative for the fast and real-time dissemination of news and information related to civil services, central PSUs and other institutions that play a critical role in governance, administration, corporate governance, and public life in India. We aspire to provide our esteemed readers with news breaks and situation analysis in the above-mentioned domain of operations. Currently, we are available at www.indianmandarins.com. We are now planning to branch off into print publication and few other related business initiatives.