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Lockdown Scenario- A Golden Opportunity for Cyber Criminals
“Anyone who thinks that security products alone offer true security is settling for the illusion of security.”1 - Kevin D Mitnick
कोविड-19 – अफ्रीका होगा जंग का अगला मैदान
कोविड 19 वायरस ने पूरी दुनिया को चपेट में ले लिया है और विकसित देशों पर इसकी सबसे ज्यादा चोट पड़ी है। इसके खिलाफ युद्धस्तर पर लड़ाई चल रही है और दुनिया भर के नेतृत्व एक साथ आ गए हैं मगर घनी आबादी वाले एक और अहम महाद्वीप में कोरोना की एक और चुनौती खड़ी हो गई है। पिछले हफ्ते ही विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन (डब्ल्यूएचओ) ने चेतावनी दी कि शुरुआती अनुमानों के मुताबिक कोरोनावायरस के मामले तीन से छह महीने में ही हजारों से बढ़कर कम से कम 1 करोड़ तक पहुंच सकते हैं। हालांकि ये अंतिम अनुमान नहीं हैं। इंपीरियल कॉलेज, लंदन के एक और अध्ययन में अनुमान लगाया गया है कि चिकित्सा सुविधा की कमी और महामारी की गहरी पैठ से नि
The Quatrains of Nostradamus: A Poem
From where the golden orb rises far away in the east And the inhabitants have a pallid look, With eyes that run like slender arcs across the face And cheeks that gently rise from it like soft mounds, Where from mountains run rivers of yellow tincture, Where the earth often trembles under the feet and brings death, And endless walls weave across the hills like serpents And smiling gods with well rounded stomachs are worshipped, From land of women singing in high pitched voices That pierce through the tympanic membrane like knives,
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 7, 2020
The resilient U.S. dollar and the resulting weakness in emerging-market currencies amid the coronavirus pandemic is increasing the risk of default on Asian companies' corporate debt, potentially triggering a wider credit crisis.Analysts say emerging Asia should tread with caution as domestic debt markets cannot rival the dollar bond market.
West Asia Roundup - April 2020
Covid -19 has not dented the desire of the hotspots in West Asia to stay hotter despite it being the Holy month of Ramadan. Any how the war weary Saudi Arabia led coalition declared a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen and further extended it which the Houthis did not accept and fighting continued.
Beyond the COVID-19: Indian Defence Industry
The social media is bulging at seams in making unending predictions by the hour related to the ‘life after Covid’. The continuum ranges from a ‘total doomsday’ scenario painted by the naysayersto the ‘we will win’ and how the life will be better after ‘the Great Realisation 20201 by the ‘never say die’ brigade. A sample of the abiding flavour:- ‘Covid-19 will be a game changer at the global level; its spiralling adverse effects, though not visible fully as yet, will be total gigantic2.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 6, 2020
Joe Biden’s advantage over President Donald Trump in popular support has eroded in recent weeks as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee struggles for visibility with voters during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on May 05.
VIF News Digests
Neighbourhood News
June 4, 2020
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: June 04, 2020

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International Development
June 3, 2020
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 16-31 May 2020

USA US Domestic Civil unrest rages in Minneapolis over racially charged killing by police, 28 May 2020 Peaceful rallies gave...

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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
June 3, 2020
VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-31 May 2020

DEFENCE: Op Samudra Setu Phase 2 - INS Jalashwa brings home 588 Indians from Maldives Government implements Shekatkar...

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