Air India data breach poses litigation risk for airline, experts say
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-05-2021; Breaching passenger data on Air India may present litigation risks for the airline, which could further delay the privatization process, experts warn, adding that the national airline should prioritize efforts to contain the damage from the airline cyber attack by informing passengers of the action to be taken take yet.
- In a press release, the airline said its passenger handling system, provided by multinational information technology company SITA, was the target of a sophisticated cyber attack on February 25.
- Almost 45 lakh of “data purposes” recorded over a 10-year period, Between August 2011 and February 2021, they were affected worldwide, including passengers from other airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, among others.
- The attack targeted SITA’s servers in its data center in Atlanta, United States.
- The extent to which individual airlines were affected by the cyber attack varied from airline to airline. Some airlines have written to their passengers telling them that only the names of passengers and frequent flyer numbers have been stolen.
- In Air India’s case, the flight involved “name, date of birth, contact details, passport information, ticket information, frequent flyer details from Star Alliance and Air India (but password details), as well as credit card data (but without CVV data) “.
Nepalese president dissolves parliament and announces midterm elections in November
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-05-2021; Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives and announced midterm elections on November 12-19 after determining that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, as the opposition, was unable to form a government.
- Bhandari’s announcement came after Prime Minister Oli recommended the dissolution of the 275-member chamber following an emergency cabinet meeting at midnight.
- Last year, on December 20, President Bhandari dissolved parliament, but was then reinstated by the Supreme Court in February.
- A press release issued by the President’s Office stated that Parliament had been dissolved and the dates for the midterm elections had been announced in accordance with Article 76 (7) of the Constitution of Nepal.
- The Council of Ministers recommended that the first phase of the investigation be carried out on November 12 and the second phase on November 19.
- The move followed a notice from the president’s office saying he couldn’t even nominate KP Sharma Oli, the outgoing prime minister, and Sher Bahadur Deuba, president of the Nepalese Congress, because demands made by the two to form a new government were insufficient.
- With four 275-member House of Representatives lawmakers dismissed by their party after choosing to be part of another party, a candidate for prime minister needs the support of at least 136 lawmakers in parliament to form a new one. government.
Majority brand Rajya Sabha to remain elusive for BJP in Modi’s second term
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-05-2021; The majority mark in Rajya Sabha will remain elusive for the BJP during Narendra Modi’s second term in government, and his performance in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll slated for early next year is crucial to that he maintain his checking account in the Upper House.
- At 93, the BJP has 30 members fewer than the majority of 123 in a Chamber of 245 deputies.
- During the second term, with more than half a dozen opposition MPs deferring their allegiance to the BJP, the ruling party had succeeded in passing controversial bills, starting with the 2019 Bill on Muslim Women (Protection of Marriage Rights) or the Triple Talaq Law as well as the J&K Reorganization Bill and the Citizenship Bill (Amendment).
- Three rounds of retirements in 2022 – April (18 members), June (20 members) and July (33 members) – will bring the last change in political arithmetic for Rajya Sabha during the second term of the Modi government.
- The major losses for the BJP will come from Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
- This makes Uttar Pradesh crucial for the strength of the BJP in the Upper House.
- In July next year, 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh will be released. By the current count, the BJP has five, including two former Samajwadi party MPs, Sanjay Seth and Surender Singh Nagar, who switched allegiances mid-term.
- Without repeating its 2017 performance in the state, the BJP cannot retain those five seats.
- In Punjab, if the current anti-BJP sentiment over the three controversial farm laws prevails at the polls, the BJP will lose a seat.
- BJP allies will also be affected: AIADMK’s strength is expected to shrink after its defeat in the recent Assembly poll in Tamil Nadu. Currently, AIADMK has six members and its political opponent, DMK, seven.
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,64,65,543 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a balance of 2,97,611.
- Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin announced on Saturday a one-week shutdown starting May 24, with severe restrictions that will cause all stores, including grocery stores and grocery stores, to close.
- Stalin, who had talks with a team of medical experts and all party deputies, said that all stores would remain open on Saturday and Sunday (May 22 and 23) until 9 p.m. to help people make purchases.
- Government and private buses will also operate on May 22 and 23 until 9 p.m.
Cyclone Yaas is likely to develop into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and cross the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on May 26, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.
- An area of low pressure formed on Saturday over the east-central Bay of Bengal and the north Andaman Sea. “It is very likely that the low pressure area will be concentrated in a low pressure area over the east-central Bay of Bengal tomorrow morning, May 23.
- It is very likely that it will move north-northwest, intensify into a cyclonic storm on May 24 and transform into a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours, “said IMD.
Music Director Raamlaxman, Famous for “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun”, Dies at 78
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-05-2021; Veteran music director Raamlaxman, best known for his work on Rajshri Productions hit films “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun ..!” and “Hum Saath Saath Hain” died of cardiac arrest. He was 78 years old.
- The composer, whose real name is Vijay Patil, died at the Nagpur residence in the early hours of Saturday, his son Amar said. Patil, known to moviegoers as “Laxman” from the songwriting duo “Raam-Laxman”, began his cinematic journey with the 1975 film by Marathi actor and comedian Dada Kondke “Pandu Hawaldar.”
- He gave the music for the film with his collaborator Surendra under the name Raam-Laxman.
- Surendra died in 1976, but Patil continued to compose under the same name, changing it slightly to Raamlaxman.
- During his career of more than four decades, he has composed the music for more than 150 films in Hindi, Marathi and Bhojpuri and has worked with famous directors such as Manmohan Desai, Mahesh Bhatt, GP Sippy, Anil Ganguly and Sooraj Barjatya.
- Some of his other memorable works were for “Agent Vinod”, “100 Days”, “Anmol”, “Tarana”, “Patthar Ke Phool” and “Hum Se Badhkar Kaun”.