January 2013 Current Affairs

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Urjit Patel is the new deputy governor of RBI

imageUrjit Patel succeeded Subir Gokarn to become new deputy governor at the Reserve Bank of India.

Patel is PhD in economics from the Yale University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a US-based think-tank. He will have a 2-year term at the regulator.


SC upholds appointment of Gujarat Lokayukta

In what is being seen as a setback to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi government, the apex court upheld the appointment of Justice R.A. Mehta as Lokayukta by the Governor as it was done in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.

What is the issue?

The post of Lokayukta [anti-corruption ombudsman] in Gujarat was lying vacant for more than nine years. It was recently filled by the appointment of Justice (retd) R A Mehta as state Lokayukta by governor Kamla Beniwal. However, the Gujarat government contended the appointment by challenging it in the Supreme Court saying it was not consulted prior to the appointment. The apex court dismissed the plea, saying the governor is bound to act under the advice of the council of ministers, but the appointment of Justice Mehta is right as it was done in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Gujarat HC.


Cyber attacks in India on the rise: Report

image As per the Quick Heal Annual Windows and Mobile Malware Report, 2012, Cyber attacks have taken India under its grip and there is a sharp growth of malware and their modifications on mobile devices, especially on the Android platform.

Social engineering is one of the most sought after ways of spreading malware. Cyber criminals continue to use it as a efficient way of exploiting human behavior and platform vulnerabilities.

India registered an increase of almost 90% in Windows malware and a mind-boggling increase of 170%  in its modifications.

Virus attacks on mobile recorded a 30 % growth registered in 2012 and 80 % increase in its modifications. To spread malware internet is the most extensively used medium.