Daily Archive: May 2, 2018

UP minister’s dinner at Dalit home triggers controversy

Aligarh (UP), May 2  A minister in the Uttar Pradesh government has triggered a controversy after he reportedly brought with him his own food and water at a dinner hosted at a Dalit household here.
Suresh Rana, the minister in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet, however, rejected the allegation today, saying, “The food was prepared in the village, by the villagers themselves.”

The BJP leader’s clarification came against the backdrop of reports that he and his aides had gone to the house of the Dalit family to dine with them on Monday night, but ordered food, mineral water and cutlery from outside as the family was not aware of the minister’s visit.

Pictures of the well laid out dining table with an assortment of dishes and cutlery went viral on the social media.

Asked to comment on the house owner’s claim that he was unaware of the dinner he was supposed to host and that he was woken up from his sleep at around 11 PM to entertain the guests, Rana said, “This is a piece of information you are giving me. The entire family was sitting with me during the dinner. I saw a news clip that claimed that food was brought from outside or some hotel. The food was prepared in that village itself by the villagers.”

When reporters confronted him by claiming that the food was served by a caterer and it did not look like it was cooked at a poor Dalit house, the minister said, “I am reiterating that the food was prepared at the house of a Dalit. The village head is a Dalit, the local MLA is a Dalit, the programme was organised by them and there was a community feast. An issue is being made out of this as some people have problems with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.”Source: PTI

Provident Fund Portal Hacked, 2.7 Crore People Face Data Theft

New Delhi : The personal and professional details of about 2.7 crore members registered with the retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) have been exposed to data theft.

In a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Central Provident Fund Commissioner has written that hackers have stolen data from the Aadhaar seeding portal of EPFO. He has also asked the ministry’s technical team to plug vulnerabilities on the portal aadhaar.epfoservices.com that has now been temporarily shut. The portal links the Aadhaar number of employees with their provident fund accounts.

In the letter marked "secret", the commissioner wrote that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had informed them of "hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities prevailing in the website (aadhaar.epfoservices.com) of EPFO."

Details of the scale of the breach are not known but the website contains information like the names and addresses of EPF subscribers besides their employment history.

"Each person contributes 12% of salary as provident fund, so salary details could also have been stolen. Also the bank account numbers as people tend to withdraw their PF," said cybersecurity expert Anand Venkatnarayan.

Sensex Ends Flat, HCL Tech Falls 5%; Kotak Mahindra Bank Rises 4%

Sensex and Nifty ended mixed today. Gains in select banking stocks were offset by losses in metal and IT stocks. Sentiment across the globe was muted as investors await the US Federal Reserve’s policy decision later in the global day for cues on the future pace of US monetary tightening. The Fed is seen set to hold interest rates steady but will likely encourage expectations that it will lift borrowing costs in June on the back of rising inflation and low unemployment.

The Sensex ended 16 points higher at 35,176 while Nifty edged 21 points lower to 10,718.