India Orders VPN Providers to Collect Data on Users

India’s cybersecurity agency, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), will require government organizations, corporations, service providers, data centers, and intermediaries to report cyber incidents within six hours.

“To effectively fight cybercrime, all companies and enterprises must mandatorily report cyber incidents to IndianCERT New CyberSecurity directions for a SafeAndTrusted Internet issued under Sec 70b of IT Act,” Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union minister of state for electronics and IT said.

In recent years, cyberattacks in India have increased significantly. Ransomware attacks alone increased by 218% in 2021, according to Palo Alto Networks.

5 signs they are CREATING a food crisis

t’s no secret that, according to politicians and the corporate press, “food shortages” and a “food supply crises” have been on the way for a while now. They have been regularly predicted for several years.

What’s really strange is that despite its near-constant incipience, the food shortage never seems to actually arrive and is always blamed on something new.

As long ago as 2012, “scientists” were predicting that climate change and a lack of clean water would create “food shortages” that would “turn the world vegetarian by 2050”.

In 2019, UN “experts” warned that “climate change was threatening the world’s food supply”.

Later the same year, the UK was warned that they could expect a food shortage as a result of “post-Brexit chaos”.

By early March 2020 supermarkets were already “warning” that the government had been too slow to act on the coronavirus outbreak, and they might run out of food. (They never actually did).

https://off-guardian.org/2022/04/25/5-signs-they-are-creating-a-food-crisis/

India and Pakistan heatwave

India and Pakistan heatwave is ‘testing the limits of human survivability,’ expert says


People cool themselves in a canal in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 29.

Delhi (CNN)Temperatures in parts of India and Pakistan have reached record levels, putting the lives of millions at risk as the effects of the climate crisis are felt across the subcontinent.

The average maximum temperature for northwest and central India in April was the highest since records began 122 years ago, reaching 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius (96.62 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit) respectively, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
Last month, New Delhi saw seven consecutive days over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), three degrees above the average temperature for the month of April, according to CNN meteorologists. In some states, the heat closed schools, damaged crops and put pressure on energy supplies, as officials warned residents to remain indoors and keep hydrated.
The heatwave has also been felt by India’s neighbor Pakistan, where the cities of Jacobabad and Sibi in the country’s southeastern Sindh province recorded highs of 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) on Friday, according to data shared with CNN by Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD). According to the PMD, this was the highest temperature recorded in any city in the Northern Hemisphere on that day.

There’s a shortage of truckers, no driver needed

There’s a shortage of truckers, but TuSimple thinks it has a solution: no driver needed


TuSimple has completed about 2 million miles of road tests with its autonomous trucks.

(CNN)Right now, there’s a shortage of truck drivers in the US and worldwide, exacerbated by the e-commerce boom brought on by the pandemic.

One solution to the problem is autonomous trucks, and several companies are in a race to be the first to launch one. Among them is San Diego-based TuSimple.
Founded in 2015, TuSimple has completed about 2 million miles of road tests with its 70 prototype trucks across the US, China and Europe. Although these are simply commercially available trucks retrofitted with its technology, TuSimple has deals in place with two of the world’s largest truck manufacturers — Navistar in the US and Traton, Volkswagen’s trucking business, in Europe — to design and build fully autonomous models, which it hopes to launch by 2024.

Russia’s war in Ukraine

US Supreme Court leak suggests abortion law repeal

The US Supreme Court could be about to overturn the nationwide legal right to abortion, according to a leaked draft opinion that has stunned the country.

Politico reports that Justice Samuel Alito writes in the document that the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision is “egregiously wrong”.

If verified, the leaking of the document would be unprecedented in the court’s modern history.

The justices are expected to issue their ruling on the case by early July.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61302740

Ukraine war: Russia accuses UK of provoking attacks on its territory

The Russian government has accused the UK of “provoking” Ukraine into attacking Russian territory.

Russia’s defence ministry said it was ready to hit “decision-making centres” in Kyiv should such attacks occur.

The presence of Western advisers at such centres might not affect its decision to retaliate, it added.

It comes after a UK defence minister said it was “not necessarily a problem” for Ukraine to use UK-supplied arms against military targets in Russia.

Ukrainian law enforcers search for collaborators who helped Russians


A man walks on a street with several dead bodies on the ground a street in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, after Russian forces made a “rapid retreat” from northern areas around Kyiv, on April 2. Some locals that the Kyiv Independent spoke to think that some of the civilians murdered by Russians in Kyiv Oblast could have been executed after local collaborators pointed them out. (AFP via Getty Images)

The Russian soldiers that occupied settlements in Kyiv Oblast killed over a thousand civilians.

Many people were hunted down systematically for being local political leaders, Donbas combat veterans, Territorial Defense joinees or other people of interest to the Russians.

To find them, Russian forces carried lists with people’s names and addresses. But they also made use of local informants. These collaborators helped Russian forces either track down targets, locate wealthy homes to loot or get information about Ukrainian military positions.

https://kyivindependent.com/national/ukrainian-law-enforcers-search-for-collaborators-who-helped-russians/

Global Capitalism Has Become Dependent on War-Making to Sustain Itself


The Pentagon, as seen from an airplane over Washington, D.C., on February 19, 2020.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked fierce political debate on the geopolitical consequences of the conflict. But less noticed and equally as important, the war has paved the way for a more sweeping militarization of what was already a global war economy mired in deep political and economic crisis. Geopolitical tensions and international conflicts may be tragic for those caught up in conflagrations such as in Ukraine — but advantageous for those seeking to legitimize expanding military and security budgets and open up new opportunities for capitalist profit-making in the face of chronic stagnation and social discontent.

https://truthout.org/articles/global-capitalism-has-become-dependent-on-war-making-to-sustain-itself/

France election: Macron faces immediate challenges to power after victory

Emmanuel Macron has done something no other French president has achieved before: winning re-election while still being in charge of his own government.

The centrist president’s victory over Marine Le Pen may have been convincing, but he has a problem. There are new elections around the corner to France’s National Assembly and a big section of the electorate dislikes him.

“There is a lot of hate,” sociologist Michel Wieviorka told the BBC. “He said last night ‘I am happy’ but I don’t think he can be totally happy because there are plenty of clouds in his sky.”

Politically, if he fares badly in the June elections, he could end up losing his majority and may not be able to form his own government. That’s why his opponents are calling the next vote a “third round”.

Why would that matter if he’s just won 58.5% of the national vote?

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