1st Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC | Prelims & Mains 2020

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1st Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC |Prelims & Mains 2020

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IASbhai Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020 is an initiative to dilute major articles from leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Hence we choose articles on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC PRELIMS 2020.

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” –Michael Jordan

HIGHLIGHT INFO:

ORANGE COLOUR: Important for Prelims.

RED COLOUR: Important for Mains.

BLACK COLOUR: Must Read !

BLUE COLOUR : Important Links/Survey.

PINK COLOUR: Reports/Themes/Summits.

Today's Must Read Articles : Today's Must Read Articles :

‘Spear phishing’

      HEADLINES:

‘Spear phishing’ was used in Twitter hack

      WHY IN NEWS:

The hackers who accessed dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts in mid-July gained access to the system with an attack.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Cybersecurity

      ISSUE: 

Twitter said in a security update late on Thursday that the July 15 incident by bitcoin scammers stemmed from a “spear phishing” attack which deceived employees about the origin of the messages.

SPEAR PHISHING

Spear phishing is an email or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific individual, organization or business.   

  • Although often intended to steal data for malicious purposes, cybercriminals may also intend to install malware on a targeted user’s computer.

HOW IT WORKS

  • An email arrives, apparently from a trustworthy source, but instead it leads the unknowing recipient to a bogus website full of malware.
  • These emails often use clever tactics to get victims attention.

EXAMPLE
Emails appeared to be from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

Many times, government-sponsored hackers and hacktivists are behind these attacks.

  • Cybercriminals do the same with the intention to resell confidential data to governments and private companies.
  • These cybercriminals employ individually designed approaches and social engineering techniques to effectively personalize messages and websites.
  • As a result, even high-ranking targets within organizations, like top executives, can find themselves opening emails they thought were safe.
  • That slip-up enables cybercriminals to steal the data they need in order to attack their networks.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • To fight spear phishing scams, employees/individuals need to be aware of the threats, such as the possibility of bogus emails landing in their inbox.
  • Besides education, technology that focuses on email security is necessary.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

Empowerment of Tribals through IT enabled Scholarship Schemes

      HEADLINES:

M/o Tribal Affairs receives SKOCH Gold Award for its “Empowerment of Tribals through IT enabled Scholarship Schemes”

      WHY IN NEWS:

Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has received SKOCH Gold Award for its “Empowerment of Tribals through IT enabled Scholarship Schemes” project of Scholarship Divison of the Ministry.

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Tribal Affairs
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : Awards

      ISSUE: 

The 66th SKOCH 2020 Competition was entitled “INDIA RESPONDS TO COVID THROUGH DIGITAL GOVERNANCE”

Skoch awards|1st Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC

MoTA chose to participate in DIGITAL INDIA & E-GOVERNANCE – 2020 Competition and the awards were announced yesterday i.e. on 30th July, 2020.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • The project is implemented by IIPA  flag-bearers of schemes of Government of India meant for welfare for STs.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • This project is a step towards achieving unwavering commitment of Government of India towards realizing the dreams of Digital India .
  • This will bring transparency as well as ease in the delivery of services.
  • To assimilate with the larger vision of ‘Digital India’ and to realize the cherished goal of e-governance, MoTA has integrated all 5 Scholarship Schemes with DBT Portal under the guidance of DBT Mission.

Under 5 Scholarship schemes, about Rs. 2500 Cr were directly transferred to student’s Bank accounts through DBT to approximately 30 lakh students in 31 States and UTs. 

  • The portal provides facility to States for data sharing through Web services and States can up-load proposal, UCs and SOE online.
  • This has considerably reduced scholarship release time taken.
  • Portal is also integrated with Digi-Locker developed by MeiTY so that documents are directly fetched and saves verification time.
  • The portal has facility to upload documents which are not on Digi-Locker.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

MoTA has also entered into CEDA (Centre for Data Analytics), which analyzes and prepares State Wise Data Analysis Reports, which helps in data based planning.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 1st Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC | Prelims & Mains 2020

AatmaNirbhar Bharat Logo Design Contest

      HEADLINES:

‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat Logo Design Contest’ to be conducted by MyGov to Encourage the Spirit of Innovation & Self-Reliance

      WHY IN NEWS:

the ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat Logo Design Contest’ held on MyGov.in.

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Electronics & IT
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Digital India

      ISSUE: 

The government of India is looking to have a distinct identity for ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ by developing a logo based on creative and innovative inputs from the citizens of the country through

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The last date of submission of entries is 5th August2020 till 11.45 PM.
  • The winning logo will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/-.

MyGov

  • MyGov is a citizen engagement platform launched by PM Narendra Modi to promote the active participation of Indian citizens in the Nation’s governance and development.
  • MyGov has crowdsourced many logos of various departments and initiatives like Swachh Bharat, DekhoApnaDesh, Lokpal and many more.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

India has demonstrated how it rises up to challenges and uncovers opportunities therein, as manifested in the re-purposing of various automobile sector industries to collaborate in the making of life-saving ventilators.

     SOURCES:PIB | 1st Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC | Prelims & Mains 2020

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