WhatsApp introduced ‘Message Yourself’ feature: Popular messaging app WhatsApp has introduced a new feature – “Message Yourself” allowing users to send messages to themselves. WhatsApp’s competitor, Telegram, has been offering this feature for quite some time now under “Saved Messages.” Click here to join whatsapp/telegram study group.
The Message Yourself feature will allow users to send messages to themselves, sending notes, reminders, shopping lists, or other messages they need to remember, acting as a notebook or a to-do list.
How to use the Message Yourself feature on WhatsApp?
Download latest version of whatsapp app.
Open WhatsApp and click on the new chat button.
Click on your name at the top of the contact list.
No, You will now be able to send messages to yourself.
Other upcoming features on WhatsApp
Voice status updates
WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature allowing users to post voice notes as status updates. Users can upload text, images, and videos as status updates.
WhatsApp is also working on a feature for its Windows app that will allow users to share contact cards from the native desktop app. This feature has been missing for some time now and will make it easier for users to share contacts in the chat.
WhatsApp has been working on an edit option for some time now. An earlier report revealed that the Facebook-owned app has already started testing the feature and may reveal it soon. Telegram is already providing edit messages features in its app.
AIIMS Delhi Server Hacked: A group of hackers have demanded an estimated Rs. 200 crore in cryptocurrency from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, as its server remained dysfunctional for the sixth consecutive day. Click here to join whatsapp/telegram study group.
As per reports, data of close to 3 to 4 crore patients could be compromised due to the breach detected Wednesday last week. The AIIMS server houses data of notable personalities and VVIPs, including former prime ministers, ministers, bureaucrats, judges, and other civil service officials.
The AIIMS is reportedly managing critical emergency services, patient care, outpatient, inpatient and laboratory wings manually as the server remained down.
A team of the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), Delhi Police, and representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs are probing the ransomware attack against the premier healthcare facility of the country.
The Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of Delhi Police on November 25 filed a case of extortion and cyber terrorism against hackers for disrupting AIIMS services and hacking its server.
In the meantime, authorities have managed to restore the NIC e-hospital database and application servers for e-hospitals. The NIC team is currently engaged in scanning and cleansing infection from e-hospital servers located at AIIMS, required for delivery of hospital services, media reports quoted sources as saying.
The team arranged four physical servers for restoring e-hospital services for databases and applications.
Concurrently, AIIMS network sanitisation is underway. Servers and computers are fed with antivirus solutions, and nearly 1,200 out of 5,000 computers have already been sanitised. Twenty out of 50 servers have been scanned and this activity is ongoing 24×7, the source said.
“The full sanitisation of the network is likely to continue for five more days. Thereafter, e-hospital services can be rolled out in a phased manner. Patient care services including emergency, outpatient, inpatient, laboratory etc services are being continued on manual mode,” a media report quoted a source as saying.
Whatsapp Data Leak: WhatsApp data of nearly half a billion users from 84 countries around the world, including India, could have been breached and put up for sale online, according to a report by Cybernews. Leaked phone numbers could be used for any number of reasons, including marketing and phishing. Click here to join whatsapp/telegram study group.
Data leaked from 84 countries
The report said it investigated a data sample – after a post on a “well-known hacking community forum” claimed to be selling an up-to-date database of 487 million WhatsApp users – and found that the claim was likely true, meaning 25% of the total 2 billion monthly active users worldwide could be at risk.
Whatsapp Data Leak 2022
The report said more than 32 million of the leaked records are said to be from users in the US, followed by the UK (11 mn). Other nations with the most number of affected users include Egypt (45 mn), Italy (35 mn), Saudi Arabia (29 mn), France (20 mn), Turkey (20 mn), and Russia (10 mn). From India, the report added, more than 6 million WhatsApp users could be at risk.
Cybernews said it received a sample of around 2,000 numbers to verify the data breach claims and found that they belonged to WhatsApp users.
This isn’t the first time Meta and its online platforms have found itself in the middle of a data security issue. Last year, information about more than 500 million users of Facebook, another Meta-owned company, was offered online for free. In 2019, data of 419 million Facebook and 49 million Instagram users were exposed. In the same year, it had faced another breach leaving data of 267 million users exposed.
How data was leaked?
The report suggests that it might not be WhatsApp’s fault and that the hacker could have done that using a process known as “scraping.” In this case, the data is obtained from different websites, instead of any cyberattack. So, there are chances that the phone numbers might have been procured from web pages.
Data For Sale
The report asserts that the threat actor is selling the US dataset for $7,000, the UK for $2,500, and Germany for $2,000. It didn’t reveal the price of other regions, including India. It is currently unknown how the hacker managed to gather the phone numbers of millions of active WhatsApp users.
The leaked data can be used by hackers for spamming, phishing attempts, identity theft and other cybercriminal activities. The cited source asserts that one won’t be able to find out if their number is in the database but users can try and avoid scamming attempts by not paying attention to those.
Election Commission transfers IAS officer: A UP-cadre IAS officer appointed as a general observer for the Asarwa and Bapunagar assembly constituencies was removed from election duty after he allegedly posted pictures of him with his government vehicle and other poll personnel, including a cop, on social media. Click here to join whatsapp/telegram study group.
Election Commission transfers IAS officer: What EC said?
In a letter to the chief electoral officer of Gujarat on Friday, the Election Commission said Abhishek Singh announced on Instagram his appointment as a general observer and used his official position for “a publicity stunt”. The IAS officer uploaded the pictures on his Twitter handle, too, with the caption, “Joined Ahmedabad as observer for Gujarat elections”. The poll panel shared with the chief electoral officer pictures uploaded by the officer on different social media platforms, sources said.
Citing the EC communication, officials said the state poll panel took “a very serious view” of the matter and relieved Abhishek Singh of his duties as general observer for two constituencies. The 2011-batch officer has also been barred from any other election-related duty till further orders. “He was directed to immediately report to his nodal officer in the parent cadre,” an official said.
Gujarat chief election officer P Bharathi said that in accordance with the EC’s guidelines, the responsibility of general observer in Asarwa and Bapunagar had been temporarily handed over to someone else. The EC is expected to appoint a new observer for these constituencies, she said.
Top 10 loss-making unicorns in India: India is home to over 100 unicorns or startups with a valuation of over $1 billion. This year, 21 startups grew into unicorns. Indian unicorns now have a collective valuation of $341 billion. Despite the widely-claimed “funding winter”, these companies have raised over $94 billion in funding. However, several of these unicorns have been in loss. Here’s a list of the top 10 Indian loss-making unicorns. Click here to join whatsapp/ telegram study group.
In terms of layoffs, edtech unicorn Vedantu was reported to have laid off 100 employees for the third time in 2022 recently while Meesho laid off nearly 300 employees after closing its grocery produce Superstore. Other startups to have had significant layoffs include agritech startup DeHaat, LEAD and social media platform Koo.
iPhone’s biggest manufacturing unit: iPhone’s biggest manufacturing unit is all set to be established in Hosur, Bengaluru. Not only this, but according to IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, the unit shall also give employment to 60,000 people. While delivering a note at Janjatiya Gaurav Divas ceremony, minister Vaishnaw also mentioned that at least 6000 of the total number of employments to be made shall be tribal women who reside in the nearby areas of Ranchi and Hazaribagh. Click here to join telegram/ whatsapp study group →
He further informed that at least 6000 tribal women who are residents near Ranchi and Hazaribagh have been trained for making iPhones.
He said,”Apple’s iPhone is now getting made in India and it’s the biggest manufacturing unit of iPhone in India is being set up at Hosur near Bengaluru. 60,000 people work in a single factory. The first 6,000 employees of these 60,000 employees are our tribal sisters from places nearby Ranchi and Hazaribagh. Tribal sisters have been trained to make Apple iPhone”.
Apple had outsourced the making of iPhone enclosures in India to Tata Electronics’ plant in Hosur. Apple gets iPhones manufactured by electronics giants – Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron in India. According to the Reuters report, the Foxconn plan to expand its workforce in India is part of adjustment the company will incur as a result of the disruptions in China owing to their battle with Covid-19.
The Foxconn production unit earlier grabbed headlines when the China’s strict Zero Covid policy imposed at its Zhengzhou plant, the world’s largest iPhone factory, disturbed production and fueled concerns. The Reuters report quoted people familiar with the matter and said Taiwan-based Foxconn has plans to boost the workforce at its plant in southern India to 70,000 by adding 53,000 more workers over the next two years.
While the size of the plant in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is dwarfed by Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant, which employs 200,000 workers, it is imminent to Apple Inc.’s efforts to shift majority production away from China.
Foxconn, formally called Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, opened the India plant in 2019 and has been ramping up production. It began producing iPhone 14 this year. Currently, iPhones are assembled in India by at least three of Apple’s global suppliers: Foxconn and Pegatron in Tamil Nadu; and Wistron in nearby Karnataka state.
World’s 10 best Universities: The United States still remains the top choice for premium higher education. In the recently released World University Rankings for 2023, a total of 7 universities from the United States made it to the top 10 list. Click here to join telegram/ whatsapp study group →
The UK’s University of Oxford has been ranked as the best university in the world. The second spot is taken by Harvard University. The third spot is jointly shared by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology holds the fifth place.
Top 10 universities in the world
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Imperial College London
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. There is evidence of teaching as early as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest university in continuous operation.
Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1636 as Harvard College and named for its first benefactor, the Puritan clergyman John Harvard, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and one of the most prestigious and highly ranked universities in the world.
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public collegiate research university in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Founded in 1209 and granted a royal charter by Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the world’s third oldest surviving university and one of its most prestigious, currently ranked second best in the world and the best in Europe by QS World University Rankings.
Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. The campus occupies 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), among the largest in the United States, and enrolls over 17,000 students. Stanford is ranked among the top universities in the world.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private land-grant research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1861, MIT has since played a key role in the development of modern technology and science, ranking among the top academic institutions in the world.
California Institute of Technology
The California Institute of Technology (branded as Caltech) is a private research university in Pasadena, California. Caltech is ranked among the best academic institutions in the world, and with an enrollment of approximately 2400 students, it is one of the world’s most selective universities. The university is known for its strength in science and engineering, and is among a small group of institutes of technology in the United States which is primarily devoted to the instruction of pure and applied sciences.
Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. It is one of the highest-ranked universities in the world. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, and then to the current site nine years later. It officially became a university in 1896 and was subsequently renamed Princeton University.
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, or California) is a public land-grant research university in Berkeley, California. Established in 1868 as the University of California, it is the state’s first land-grant university and the first campus of the University of California system. Its fourteen colleges and schools offer over 350 degree programs and enroll some 31,800 undergraduate and 13,200 graduate students. Berkeley ranks among the world’s top universities.
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world.
Imperial College London
Imperial College London (legally Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine) is a public research university in London, United Kingdom. Its history began with Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, who developed his vision for a cultural area that included the Royal Albert Hall, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and royal colleges. In 1907, Imperial College was established by a royal charter, which unified the Royal College of Science, Royal School of Mines, and City and Guilds of London Institute. In 1988, the Imperial College School of Medicine was formed by merging with St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Imperial College Business School.
World’s 10 best Universities: How the universities have been ranked?
A total of 13 separate performance metrics have been considered while ranking these universities. The parameters include teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The 2023 edition is based on an analysis of over 15.5 million research publications – and over 112 million citations to those publications – as well as a survey of more than 40,000 academics worldwide on the international academic reputation of each school, on top of data on institutional income and faculty demographics, including international talent recruitment and research collaboration, World Economic Forum has cited.
Aftab Amin: A man named Aftab Amin Poonawalla killed a 26-year-old woman, chopped her into 35 pieces and scattered the body parts across Delhi. Five months after he committed the barbaric act, the man has been arrested. Click here to join telegram/ whatsapp study group →
Police identified the accused as Aftab Amin Poonawalla. He had been in a live-in relationship with the victim, 26-year-old Shraddha. During questioning, he revealed that Shraddha had been pressuring him to get married. They would frequently quarrel about it.
Following an argument on May 18, Poonawalla strangled his partner. He then dismembered her body with a sharp weapon and bought a fridge to store the chopped up parts. Over the next 16 days, he would go out in the dead of night and dispose of the pieces at various locations around Delhi.
The victim’s father, Vikas Madan, had lodged an FIR for the kidnapping of his daughter at the Mehrauli police station in Delhi on November 8. In his complaint, Vikas stated that he lives with his family in Maharashtra’s Palghar. His daughter Shraddha worked at a call centre in Mumbai, where she met Poonawalla.
The two eventually got into a relationship and moved to Delhi, despite opposition from Shraddha’s family. The couple rented a flat in the city’s Chhatarpur area. However, after May 2022, Vikas said that he received no word from his daughter, nor could he contact her.
Upon investigation, it came to light that Shraddha was murdered five months ago. Police nabbed Poonawalla from the flat in Chhatarpur and took him in for questioning.
After interrogating him, police launched a search for the victim’s body parts in a forested area in the city. A few bones were recovered from the scene. Further investigation is underway.
Indian students who left Ukraine can continue their education in Russia: Russian Consul General Oleg Avdeev said that Indian students who returned from Ukraine mid-degree can now complete their education in Russia. Thousands and millions of students who were pursuing medical courses in Ukraine had to defer their medical education midway and return to India due to the Russia-Ukraine war that broke out early this year. Click here to join telegram/ whatsapp study group →
Russia has decided to provide opportunities for such students, the Russian Consul General Oleg Avdeev has said. “Indian students who left Ukraine can continue their education in Russia as the medical syllabus is almost the same (as Ukraine). They know the language of the people, as, in Ukraine, most of them speak Russian. They’re most welcome in Russia,” said Avdeev.
Avdeev further added that there has been an upward trend in the number of international students applying for higher education programmes/courses in the country.
Meanwhile, the students who returned from Ukraine during the war have had to even change their courses or streams to continue with their life. A lot of the students are also unable to return to Ukraine or any other country due to a financial crunch and are in a total mess.
BanDrishtiIAS: Famous UPSC coaching centre Drishti IAS has been facing sharp criticism on social media after a video went viral. The hashtag #BanDrishtiIAS has been trending on Twitter and several verified accounts have posted against Drishti IAS and the video. Click here to join telegram/ whatsapp study group →
The video features Vikas Divyakirti, the founder and teacher of the coaching centre, while he was teaching UPSC students the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Divyakriti, apparently referring to some texts, tells the students that in Ramayana, God Rama had once compared Goddess Sita with “ghee contaminated by a dog”.
Quoting Rama, Divyakriti was heard saying in the viral video, “I did not fight this war for you but for the respect of my lineage. As ghee licked by a dog is not appropriate for eating, you Sita, are not fit for me.”
This did not go down well with netizens as they thronged to accuse Divyakriti of hurting the sentiments of Hindus. Retweeting the video, BJP’s Sadhvi Prachi wrote: “Retweet If You Want . #BanDrishtiIAS.”