Kejriwal asks people to check mosquito breeding

first_imgNEW DELHI: Intensifying Delhi government’s ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute’ campaign, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues on Sunday visited some parts of the city, urging people to check mosquito breeding in their surroundings. After a visit to West Delhi’s Tri Nagar area, Kejriwal claimed that data showed the campaign was “successful” so far and cases of dengue were on the decline.Under the campaign launched on September 1, people are expected to devote 10 minutes at 10 AM every Sunday for draining stagnant water that could lead to breeding of mosquitoes. The campaign will conclude in mid November. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”I am very happy that this campaign has been successful so far and dengue has been controlled for the time being. There were many cases of dengue 3-4 years ago. As per cycle of the disease it was expected to recur on big scale this year but data show dengue has significantly declined in Delhi,” Kejriwal said. The dengue mosquito has a range of 200 metres so if people check their houses and encourage their neighbours to do it, Delhi will be saved from the disease, he said in Tri Nagar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe chief minister also visited residents in the Gole Market area of his constituency –Kohat Enclave and Burari. “All of Delhi is like my family. Like we care for our own family, I am concerned about the health and well-being of the people of Delhi. This is why we are running this mega drive to protect people from dengue,” said the chief minister, at Gole Market. Commenting on why his government launched this campaign this year, Kejriwal said, “In 2015, 15,000 people had contracted dengue and 60 people had lost their lives. In 2018, Delhi had just 2,700 cases. We were warned by doctors that this year there is likely to be a sudden spike in cases because the dengue outbreak follows a cycle of 3-4 years. We didn’t want Delhi to suffer from an epidemic. This is why we have started this mega drive against dengue.” On the impact of the campaign, CM Kejriwal said, “I am very happy to report that this year there is a steep reduction in the number of cases of dengue.” After inspecting his own residence at 10 AM on Sunday morning, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia met with small groups of residents in Manas Apartment, Acharya Niketan of Mayur Vihar Phase 1 and Pandav Nagar. He was assured by residents that they had become alert about stagnant water after Delhi government’s mega drive began on 1st September. Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited Paschim Vihar area of his constituency Shakurbasti to spread awareness. In Ballimaran, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain, along with a group of local residents oversaw the distribution of pamphlets with information about dengue mosquito and the precautions residents must take to prevent dengue. He was seen handing informational material to people in the neighbourhood, apart from checking whether residents had conducted their weekly inspection.last_img read more

Security agencies warn industry of foreign espionage threat to networks

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian companies should watch out when they use technology supplied by state-owned companies from countries that want to steal corporate secrets, the country’s security agencies have warned them.The RCMP organized two workshops last March — one in Calgary, the other in Toronto — to raise awareness about threats to critical systems, including espionage and foreign interference, cyberattacks, terrorism and sabotage, newly disclosed documents show.Canadian Security Intelligence Service materials prepared for the workshops advise that “non-likeminded countries,” state-owned enterprises and affiliated companies are engaged in a global pursuit of technology and know-how driven by economic and military ambitions.The materials were released to The Canadian Press in response to an access-to-information request.The heavily censored records do not go into detail about specific countries. But the presentation does include a passage from a 2017 U.S. government report saying competitors such as China steal American intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars every year.In addition, CSIS openly warned in 2016 that Russia and China were targeting Canada’s classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.The presentations to industry dissected techniques used by adversaries and offered advice on protecting confidential information and assets. The intelligence community’s concerns emerge as Canada considers allowing Chinese firm Huawei Technologies to take part in developing a 5G telecommunications network.Former security officials in Canada and two members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have warned against such a move, saying the company’s ties to Beijing could compromise the security of Canada and its closest allies. Huawei has denied engaging in intelligence work on behalf of any government.The workshops led by the RCMP’s critical infrastructure team highlighted the problem of “supply chain vulnerability” — a back-door tactic to infiltrate systems.The RCMP did not respond to questions about the sessions. CSIS spokesman John Townsend said the concerns stem from cases where equipment and related computerized control systems and services are manufactured and installed by companies controlled by or affiliated with a foreign government.“These foreign governments may pursue not only profitable commercial objectives but may also try to advance their own broader and potentially adverse strategic and economic interests,” he said.The tactics could include gaining influence and leverage over the host country, espionage, technology theft and malicious cyberactivities, Townsend added.The security presentations also warned of “spear-phishing” attempts by hostile forces to gain access to computer systems through emails that fool employees into giving up passwords or other sensitive data.The agencies encouraged companies working on leading-edge research to take stock of protective measures and develop a corporate security plan to manage risks. For instance, scientists should consult corporate security about precautions when outside delegations visit.“If you detect suspicious activity, contact authorities,” the presentation materials say. “All infrastructure sectors should remain engaged with RCMP and CSIS to share security intelligence.” Patrick Smyth, vice-president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, said security is “top of mind” for member companies, which share information and help each other ensure they are prepared for emerging hazards and threats.Cyberattacks are an evolving threat, but not a new one for pipeline operators, he said in an interview.“They’ve been looking at it for a number of years and tracking the evolution around the sophistication of bad actors who might wish to find entry points into individual companies, and take over control of certain elements of the infrastructure and cause damage,” he said.If a state-owned enterprise is looking to acquire an asset, “these companies have programs, checks and balances in place to address that.”Pipeline operators receive intelligence from the RCMP, CSIS, the federal natural-resources and public-safety departments and U.S. agencies, Smyth added. However, he sees a place for the awareness workshops, saying any “additional source of information and intelligence is helpful.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more