26, January 2018

  1. Global Centre for Cybersecurity

Source: The Hindu

In a bid to safeguard the world from hackers and growing data breaches — especially from nation-states — the World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity.

Global Centre for Cybersecurity:

  • The Global Centre for Cybersecurity will help build a safe and secure global cyberspace. The centre will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and will function as an autonomous organization under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.
  • The aim of the centre is to establish the first global platform for governments, businesses, experts and law enforcement agencies to collaborate on cybersecurity challenges.
  • The centre will draw on the Forum’s government and industry support to work towards a more secure cyberspace through its established multistakeholder approach.

 The centre will focus on the following aims:

  • Consolidating existing cybersecurity initiatives of the World Economic Forum.
  • Establishing an independent library of cyber best practices.
  • Helping partners to enhance knowledge on cybersecurity.
  • Working towards an appropriate and agile regulatory framework on cybersecurity.
  • Serving as a laboratory and early-warning think tank for future cybersecurity scenarios.

 Way ahead:

  • As a truly borderless problem, cyber-attacks are surpassing the capacities and institutions that are currently dealing with this threat in an isolated manner. Only through collaboration, information exchange and common standards can the global community successfully counter organized digital crime.

  1. Zojila tunnel

Source: The Hindu

An MoU has been signed between National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, and M/S IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd for construction of the Zojila Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.

The Zojila pass tunnel:

  • It is a 14.2-km long tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh, which remains cut-off from the rest of India during winters due to heavy snowfall. “Zojila tunnel will be the longest bi-directional tunnel in Asia.
  • The project will be implemented by the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRT&H) through the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
  • The project would enhance the safety of travellers crossing Zojila Pass and reduce the travel time from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes. This pass is most strategic for the entire Kargil sector which has seen intrusion and war in the past. It will further increase the employment potential for the local labourers for the project activities.
  • Zojila pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway which remains closed during winters (December to April) due to heavy snowfall and avalanches cutting off Leh-Ladakh region from Kashmir.



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