Cyber safety remains a concern in Mumbai
The number of cybercrimes reported in the city rose to 2,228 in 2019, compared to 1,362 in 2018. According to data from Mumbai Police, the detection rate dropped from 19% in 2018 to 12.74% this year. Detection rate refers to the proportion of offences for which police have identified the perpetrators.
Of the 2,228 cases registered this year, over 1,000 involved various crimes like banking, matrimonial and e-wallet frauds. Of the remaining cases, 775 were are related to credit and debit card frauds; 239 concerned obscene messages; 64 contained fake social media profiles while 34 cases of phishing, hacking and frauds were reported along with 26 cases of email spoofing. Only in 849 of these cases were the accused identified.
Police commissioner Sanjay Barve said one reason for the low detection rate was that cybercrimes are often committed by offenders outside Maharashtra. “We are in talks with multiple stake-holders, including email service providers, to discuss measures that can effectively check the rapid increase in cyber-crimes,” said Barve. Cyber law specialist and advocate Vicky Shah said, “Our police department is not taking serious efforts to investigate cases. For FIR of cyber-related frauds it takes minimum seven to 270 days for registering FIR. The fear of understanding the emerging technology is now becoming deterrent for the cops.” Shah said Mumbai Police should have a dedicated cybercrime team at each police station. Barve said a plan for new cyber police stations was under consideration. Cybercrime investigation expert Ritesh Bhatia said it was essential to hold service providers accountable too. “Banks, e-wallets, social media sites and other applications are trying to make their product more user-friendly. But service providers have to stress more on strengthening the security.”
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh has defended the inclusion of a speech by founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in a revised Kannada textbook for students of class X. This was objected to by some organisations, including All-India Democratic Students Organisation and All-India Save Education Committee. The organisations alleged omission of a lesson on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
Prayagraj has more than 225 government and government-aided secondary schools which need to register on the portal mandatorily. Districts in which not even a single school has registered on Vidyanjali-2.0 portal include Basti, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Etawah, Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Lakhimpur Kheri, Amroha and Shamli besides Prayagraj, a senior official says. Only one school each has registered from districts like Mau, Barabanki and Rampur, the official adds.
If you are tippler in Bengaluru, you might have a little trouble wetting your beak in the upcoming days as angry liquor store refused to purchase liquor from the new e-indent liquor purchasing system put in place by the Karnataka State Beverages Corporation Ltd. According to a report in TV9, bar and wineshop owners have decided not to buy liquor from KSBCL in Bengaluru and other areas tomorrow.
The body of a 64-year-old farmer identified as that of Suresh Chandra Dwivedi aka Sadhu was found lying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound in the chest near a tubewell in his fields at Pure Kinnar village under Lalapur police in trans-Yamuna area of Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj district on Monday morning, police said. On Sunday night, he went there after taking dinner. Lalapur police reached the spot on receiving the information.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man for raping two minors in Badshahpur, late evening on Friday. The survivors, aged five and four years old, are undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital. The suspect had been remanded to judicial custody after being produced in court. The two minor girls were playing outside their family's rented accommodation around 7:40pm on Friday. The girls' mother ran to the suspect's house after she heard her daughters crying.