India & UK conducts Counter Ransomware Exercise for 26 Nations.

  • National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) of India and the UK Government in collaboration with BAE Systems have successfully designed & conducted the Cyber Security Exercise for 26 Countries.
  • Aim: To simulate a large, wide-spread cyber security incident affecting organisations within a country.
  • It is a part of the International Counter Ransomware Initiative- Resilience Working Group.
  • This initiative is being led by India under the leadership of NCSC.

Ireland's Data Protection Commission fines USD 402 million on Instagram.

  • Data Protection Commission (DPC) of Ireland has imposed fined on Instagram of USD 402 million ( 405 million euro) for breaching regulations on the handling of children's data.
  • Background:
    • The DPC has launched an investigation in late 2020.
    • Reason: How the Instagram platform handles children's personal data.
    • Findings: The platform had operated a user registration system whereby the accounts of 13-17-year-old users were set to public by default.

PSU banks to open about 300 branches in unbanked areas by December 2022.

  • Public sector banks will open about 300 brick-and-mortar branches in the unbanked areas of various states by December 2022.
  • Aim: To cover all remaining unbanked villages.
  • Branches in: Rajasthan (95), followed by Madhya Pradesh (54), Gujarat (38), Maharashtra (33), Jharkhand (32) and Uttar Pradesh (31).
  • Banks have been asked to open branches at allocated locations by the respective State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC) by December 2022.

Uttarakhand government launches e-governance portal "Samarth".

  • The Uttarakhand education department has launched an e-governance portal named Samarth with an aim to provide all administrative and educational updates.
  • It includes information about entrance exams, salary structures, appointments from five state universities and public schools.
  • Aim: To make the education system more transparent in the state.
  • Around 200 assistant professors of science subjects will be sent to IISc, Bengaluru for special training.

Mastercard acquires BCCI title sponsorship rights for all home matches.

  • Mastercard has become the title sponsor for all international matches (both women and men) held on home ground, domestic cricket matches like Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy, and Ranji Trophy organized by the BCCI as also all junior cricket (Under 19 and Under 23) matches held in India for the 2022-23 season.
  • Aim: At enhancing Mastercard's connection with cricket lovers across the country.
  • Mastercard CEO: Michael Miebach; HQs: New York, United States.

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