Monday, May 25, 2020

JEE (MAIN) - New date for 2020 exam announced

Examination of JEE (MAIN) - 2020 by National Testing Agency It was to be held from 08/04/2030 to 11/04/2030 but the examination was postponed due to COVID-19 (global epidemic of corona).

JEE (MAIN) - 2020 examination by National Testing Agency now in two shifts from 12/07/2030 to 8/04/2030 in the morning from 09.00 to 12.00 and in the afternoon from 04.00 to 05.00. Will be held

Rescheduling of JOINT ENTRANCE EXAMINATION JEE (Main) April-2020 from (5th, 7th to 9th and 11th) April 2020 to (18th – 23rd ) July 2020

The JOINT ENTRANCE EXAMINATION JEE(Main) April-2020 which was to be conducted on 5th, 7th to 9th and 11th April 2020 had to be postponed due to the extraordinary circumstances arising from COVID-19 pandemic. A Public Notice dated 31.03.2020 was issued in this regard.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has now decided that the above rescheduled JOINT ENTRANCE EXAMINATION JEE(Main) April-2020 will be held during 18.07.2020 to 23.07.2020 from 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon in the first shift and from 03.00 PM to 06.00 PM in the second shift.

The dates of downloading of Admit Cards indicating Roll Number and Centre of Examination

will be displayed 15 days before the conduct of examination on the official websites of NTA (www. in) and JEE(Main) (jeemain.nta.nic.in).

The candidates and their parents are advised to keep visiting the above websites for latest updates.

For further clarifications related to JEE (Main), the candidates can also contact at 8287471852, 8178359845, 9650173668, 9599676953 and 8882356803 or mail at jeemain@nta.ac.in.

Admit card for the exam can be downloaded from the official website 15 days before the exam date.

To view the official notification

Click Here To Download

Rescheduling of (NEET) TEST (UG)-2020

Rescheduling of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG)-2020 from 03.05.2020 (Sunday) to 26.07.2020 (Sunday) from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG)-2020 which was to be conducted on 03.05.2020 (Sunday) had to be postponed due to the extraordinary circumstances arising from COVID- 19 pandemic. A Public Notice dated 27.03.2020 was issued in this regard. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has now decided that the rescheduled National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG)-2020 will be held on 26.07.2020 (Sunday) from 2.00o PM to 5.00 PM.

The dates of downloading of Admit Cards indicating Roll Number and Centre of Examination will be displayed 15 days before the conduct of examination on the official websites of NTA (www.nta.ac.in) and NEET (UG) -2020 (ntaneet.nic.in).

The candidates and their parents are advised to keep visiting the above websites for latest updates.

For further clarifications related to NEET (UG)-2020, the candidates can also contact at 8287471852, 8178359845, 9650173668, 9599676953 and 8882356803 or mail at neet@nta.ac.in

Click Here To View Public Notice

The following guidelines for personal care are suggested by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India

Ayurvedic steps to increase immunity
One tablespoon (3 grams) of Chyavanprash in the morning, (diabetic patients should take free sugar Chyavanprash)
MEGA provides user-controlled encrypted cloud storage and chat through standard web browsers, together with dedicated apps for mobile devices. Unlike other cloud storage providers, your data is encrypted and decrypted by your client devices only and never by us.

Upload your files from your smartphone or tablet then search, store, download, stream, view, share, rename or delete your files any time, from any device, anywhere. Share folders with your contacts and see their updates in real time. The encryption process means we cannot access or reset your password so you MUST remember it (unless you have your Recovery Key backed up) or you will lose access to your stored files.

End-to-end user-encrypted MEGA video chat allows for total privacy, and has been available through the browser since 2016. It has been extended to our mobile app, with chat history accessible across multiple devices. Users can also easily add files to a chat from their MEGA cloud drive.

MEGA offers a generous 50 GB free storage for all registered users with bonus achievements, and offers paid plans with much higher limits:

PRO LITE subscription: 4.99 € per month or 49.99 € per year gives you 200 GB of storage space and 1 TB of transfer quota per month.

PRO I subscription: 9.99 € per month or 99.99 € per year gives you 1 TB of storage space and 2 TB of transfer quota per month.
PRO II subscription: 19.99 € per month or 199.99 € per year gives you 4 TB of storage space and 8 TB of transfer quota per month.
PRO III subscription: 29.99 € per month or 299.99 € per year gives you 8 TB of storage space and 16 TB of transfer quota per month.
Herbal Tea / Boil – Tulsi-Cinnamon-Black Pepper – Drink herbal tea / boil made from ginger and black grapes
Once or twice a day, molasses and or fresh lemon juice – can be added if needed

Golden Milk – Half a teaspoon turmeric in 5 ml warm milk – once or twice a day.

Simple Ayurvedic Medicine –
Nasya – Apply sesame oil / coconut oil or ghee in both nostrils – morning and evening.

To rinse – Take 2 tablespoons sesame oil or coconut oil in the mouth for 3 to 5 minutes and then remove (do not drink) then rinse hot water – can be done once or twice a day.

When dry cough / throat irritation

Take a bath of fresh mint leaves or try hot water vapor

Clove powder can be mixed with sugar or honey

In case of cough or throat irritation once a day.

These steps can usually be done to treat dry cough and throat irritation, but it is best to consult a doctor if these symptoms persist.

The above steps can be followed by the individual at his / her convenience

Note: The above steps do not claim to be the treatment of COVID 19 (COVID 19).

Follow Ayurvedic routines and menstruation to prevent diseases
Government of India Guideline on Increasing Immunity During Corona Transition Link Icon (05 MB)

Protective remedy by Ayurveda method

One time meal – Eat once a day. Have a light meal before sunset.
Do not take other foods again immediately after meals.
Do not sleep on the ground especially during the day. Also don’t wake up late at night.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Backup can be a powerful tool to combat ransomware

Don't let backup be the back door

The damage ransomware can inflict on businesses is staggering. For businesses who feel they have no choice but to pay cybercriminals in order to unlock their files, they not only put their money at risk, but also put their reputation at stake. According to a report produced by Cybersecurity Ventures, global ransomware damage costs are predicted to cost upwards of $20 billion in in 2021.


While the best remedy for a ransomware attack is prevention, in the prevailing threat landscape that isn’t always possible. The same Cybersecurity Ventures study forecasts that an organization will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds in 2021. Ultimately, almost all IT infrastructure is fallible to breach. So, businesses must be prepared for the reality of relentless cyber-attacks and have a contingency plan in place should the worst happen.

Having offsite and offline backups and robust disaster recovery capabilities can help businesses restore data that has been encrypted by attackers. However, the risks and possibilities of ransomware are varied. So, businesses need a plan for prevention and ensure their backup data cannot be used against them.

The threat landscape is evolving

There is a growing amount of fragmentation in the types of ransomware attacks in play today. Chief Security Officers (CSOs) mainly associate ransomware with data encryption. This involves malicious agents gaining access to sensitive or mission-critical data and encrypting it. The ‘deal’ in this scenario is the business pays a ransom in exchange for files to be decrypted and returned to their original, usable form. This is by no means the only threat for CSOs to consider. In other cases, cyber-attackers will upload data instead of encrypting it. This means the ransom is to prevent a public leak of potentially sensitive data.

These disguises and behaviors make it very difficult to consistently defend against the widening landscape of threats. The golden rule for organizations to follow is to maintain a clear view of what is normal behavior within their own IT infrastructure. This can be achieved through continuously monitoring data and cloud storage, as well as leverage analytics on networks, operating systems and applications. This increased awareness of what a secure state of play looks like can make suspicious and malicious activity easier to spot, crucially accelerating time to response.

Making good use of encryption is also key for organizations. If malicious threats cannot ‘see’ your data, it’s more difficult for them to use it against you. According to Duo’s Privacy in the Internet Trends report, 87% of web traffic is encrypted – a number that is rising all the time. However, it is less clear what percentage of enterprises’ data is encrypted. Zscaler’s IoT in the Enterprise found that 91.5% of traffic on enterprise IoT networks is non-SSL encrypted. These contrasting figures suggest there is a sizable gap between how enterprises generally are leveraging encryption versus major web platforms and service providers.
Are backups cyber-crime’s high-value target?

One area where encryption is vital to bolster organizations’ defenses against ransomware and insider threats is implementing ‘nearline’ encryption on data backups. The Veeam 2019 Cloud Data Management report found that over two thirds of organizations are producing backups of their data. While this is, of course, a good thing, imagine the blackmail potential for a cyber-attacker of gaining access to a backup of an organization’s entire digital infrastructure?

Given that cyber-criminals using ransomware to blackmail businesses are looking for data, in theory they can find whatever they need in an organization’s backed up files. These could be in all manner of forms: from system disks and external hard drives, to offline tape devices and cloud backups. Whichever option a business chooses, the backup repository itself must be protected against attack with an ultra-resilient media type. Otherwise, there’s a chance that in attempting to protect business continuity, businesses may be creating a trove of poorly protected data that could be used against them.

For some threat behaviors, this can be mitigated by encrypting backups every step of the way – from the first disk resource on-premises. Encrypting backups historically is a great idea when tapes leave the IT facility or if data is transmitted over the Internet. Given the prevalence of modern cyber-threats, encryption must take place nearer to the backing up process. The most effective technique however is resiliency in the backup data.
Securing data backups

This brings us to a conversation around ultra-resilient cloud backup storage – the single most effective form of storage to be resilient against ransomware. There are a number of ways organizations can achieve this level of protection to ensure their data backups do not resemble a back door for cyber-attackers.

The first is utilizing offline tapes, which are a very effective air-gapped form of backup media. While tape is often purported to be an old-fashioned and inefficient storage technology, it cannot be beaten when it comes to producing highly portable, secure and reliable backups at low-cost. Much like tape, removable drives have an offline element in that they are not online unless being read-from or written-to. This makes them a preferable option when it comes to reducing the visibility of backed up files to malicious agents.

Immutable backups in the cloud, such as AWS S3 storage’s compliance mode for object lock, supported by Veeam, mean backup data stored in the cloud cannot be deleted by ransomware, malicious administrators or even accidentally. This is available in the public AWS S3 offering as well as a number of S3-Compatible storage systems (both on-premises and as a public offering). Furthermore, Veeam Cloud Connect offers protection through a capability where copies of backup data can be kept completely out of bounds for customers. This is delivered through a service provider and helps end-users protect against ransomware, insider threats and accidental deletion.

CSOs are constantly weighing up a trade-off between convenience and security. While enterprises undergoing digital transformation have multiple investment needs, protecting against ransomware is critical to ensuring business continuity. Offsite and offline backups can help mitigate the effects of ransomware. Combined with the right security solutions and employee training, ultra-resilient backup for Cloud Data Management can give organizations peace of mind that they are as protected as they can possibly be even in this evolving threat landscape.

Nvidia reveals most powerful AI system ever

Nvidia DGX A100 system delivers five petaflops of AI performance


Nvidia has unveiled the third generation of the world's most advanced AI system with the launch of its new Nvidia DGX A100.

The DGX A100 can deliver five petaflops of AI performance as it consolidates the power and capabilities of an entire data center into a single platform for the first time. The system is available now and the first order has already shipped out to the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory which will use its AI and computing power to better understand and fight against Covid-19.

In a press release, founder and CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang explained how the DGX A100 will help advance the development of AI, saying:
Nvidia makes Linux push with Cumulus Networks deal
IBM CEO: 'Every company will become an AI company'
These are the best AI platforms for business



“NVIDIA DGX A100 is the ultimate instrument for advancing AI. NVIDIA DGX is the first AI system built for the end-to-end machine learning workflow — from data analytics to training to inference. And with the giant performance leap of the new DGX, machine learning engineers can stay ahead of the exponentially growing size of AI models and data.”
Nvidia DGX A100

Nvidia's DGX A100 systems integrate eight of the company's new A100 Tensor Core GPUs for a total of 320GB of memory that can be used to train even the largest AI datasets. The system also features the latest high-speed Nvidia Mellanox HDR 200Gbps interconnects.

When working with smaller workloads, the DGX A100 can be partitioned into as many as 56 instances per system by using the A100's multi-instance GPU feature. This enables enterprise to optimize computing power and resources on demand in order to accelerate a variety of diverse workloads, including data analytics, training and inference, all on a single, fully integrated, software defined platform.

The University of Florida even plans to deploy DGX A100 systems to infuse AI across its entire curriculum with the aim of fostering an AI-enabled workforce.

Nvidia's new AI system is available now through its partner network of resellers worldwide starting at $199,000 (£164,412). The company's storage technology providers, including DDN Storage, Dell, IBM, NetApp, Pure Storage and Vast, also plan to integrate the DGX A100 into their offerings.

Best cloud storage of 2020 online

We highlight the best cloud providers for consumers and businesses

Online cloud storage solutions have increasingly replaced in-house, on-premise local storage hardware for business. This means that instead of storing files and folders on a single server, data is instead distributed across someone else's infrastructure (data center, server, hard drive, connectivity etc).

Ever since Amazon popularized storage online with S3 (Simple Storage Service), 13 years ago, Google data shows that interest for "Cloud Storage" alone has increased by 40x over the past decade. So much so that people less frequently refer to it as "online storage".

Given the multitude of cloud storage providers out there, one has to wisely choose a provider who will offer the maximum amount of low-cost storage and bandwidth, while still keeping your data safe.

This list represents our top picks for cloud storage: most offer a free tier allowing you to see if they're right for you before handing over any hard-earned cash. And it's iDrive that leads the way thanks to how fast, thorough and easy to use it is.

We've also featured:
Best cloud backup
Best cloud document storage
Best cloud storage management services
Best cloud storage for pictures and images


Business users will need to consider carefully what their needs are as terms and conditions as well as quality of service is likely to differ significantly from their consumer alter ego.

Go straight to your desired option through the jump links below:
Best free cloud storage
Best business cloud storage
Best cloud backup
Best online storage of 2020 at a glance:
iDrive
pCloud
Zoolz
Degoo
Mega
OneDrive
iCloud
Google Drive
NextCloud
SpiderOak

How to get into the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto, a public research university in Canada’s Ontario, was established in 1827 as King’s College but assumed its present name in 1850. It has three campuses—the St. George (Downtown Toronto, main campus), Scarborough, and Mississauga campuses.

As a collegiate university, the “U of T” has eleven colleges under it, each with considerable autonomy and financial independence but with distinct character and history.

As of March 2019, ten Nobel laureates and four Prime Ministers of Canada have been associated with the university. Besides being ranked as the best university in Canada, it has been given global rankings of 18th by US News and World Report and 29th by QS World.

The U of T is also known as an innovation center with the first electron microscope and insulin being first developed here, among other breakthroughs.

The university offers about 700 undergraduate programs and 200 graduate programs on its three campuses in the Greater Toronto area.

The UG programs range from accounting to astronomy, biology to book and media studies, and from management, mathematics, and mechanical engineering to sociology, visual studies, and women and gender studies.

The graduate programs include aerospace science and engineering, cinema studies, economics, financial economics, law, management, physics, statistics, and urban innovation, to name only a few.

As of 2018, the university had over 90,000 students on its three campuses, about 23 percent of them from outside Canada. Of this total number, 19,000 were graduate students. Of the international students, about 12,500 were from China, 1,200 from India, and 880 from the US, according to online sources.

Undergrad admissions at University of Toronto


General rules

If you have attended a recognized university or college outside Canada, your post-secondary average marks will be considered for admission, although the university will also assess your entire academic record. Admission to specific departments is based on whether you meet the requirements of these departments.

You must meet the general admission requirements and program-specific requirements, and be a competitive candidate who has performed well academically and has potential. The final assessment will be based on your performance in the most recent two years of study, including the prerequisite courses, and the strength of your personal statement and profile.

For engineering and applied science courses, international students need to present senior-level courses in maths, physics, and chemistry.

In place of a required prerequisite subject, a SAT subject test or Advanced Placement exam, International Baccalaureate result, or GCE A level can be submitted.

For Indian students

Students holding all-India senior schools certificates issued by the CBSE or the CISCE are considered, as also students holding State board certificates with excellent results.

Early admissions may be given based on excellent 10th board examination results, final 11th results, or predicted 12th board results.

English proficiency

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your proficiency in the language (using TOEFL and IELTS scores) unless you have completed four or more years of study in an English language school in a country where English is the dominant language.

Application

The online application form to fill out depends on whether you are an international student or a student from Canada.

You should use the international application form if you are living outside Canada, are not currently studying in, or have studied, in Canada, and you are not applying to any other Ontario university.

When you begin the admission process, you will be transferred to the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) website, from where you will submit your application. You will need to create an account by entering your particulars. About a week later, you will receive an email acknowledgement with information on how to proceed.

International applicants can use the OUAC 105 application form if they are applying to all universities in Ontario including the University of Toronto.

If you have applied using the OUAC form, you need not apply again using the University of Toronto international applicants form, as only one will be accepted. The application fee is C$180. Residence requests require a separate application.

The university recommends submission of applicants and documents by the “recommended” application deadline and much before the “final” deadlines when all spaces may have been already taken.

Documents required

All documents and transcripts of your post-secondary studies need to be submitted well in advance. Besides, you may need to submit the online self-reported grades’ form, proof of English language proficiency, standardized test scores, and supplemental information.

Electronic submissions are preferred, but unofficial documents may also be uploaded. When required, documents should be mailed.

Decisions

Most admission decisions on international applicants are announced between mid-December and late May.

Usually, negative decisions are made because the grades in prerequisite subjects are not competitive, you have repeated an unacceptable number of courses for the program selected, you have an insufficient number of available courses at the time of consideration, you have not met the English language requirement, or you have not submitted supplementary information or it was not competitive.

Serious personal, health, or financial circumstances of the applicant may receive due consideration.

Deferral

A request for a year’s deferral may be considered if you decide to put your studies on hold, but you should have accepted the offer of admission, met all the conditions of the offer, paid the admission deposit (if required), and confirmed that you do not plan to study at another post-secondary institution.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for undergraduate international students can range from about C$38,000 to C$61,000 depending on the program, which is much higher than the fees for UG domestic student, which was around C$8,600, according to online sources (for course-wise details, see this).

Admission scholarships and in-course scholarships of about C$1,500 are available to international UG students. Besides, the University of Toronto International Engineering Scholarships (for 17 students), the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program (tuition, books, residence support for 37 students), and other scholarships are available.

Under the work-study program, full-time and part-time students can work for a maximum of 15 hours a week at C$14 per hour and 4 percent vacation pay for a maximum of 100 hours for a full summer session.

Other costs

In addition to fees, you should include other costs such as residence, food and transportation (C$8,000-C$15,000 per academic year). If you are living off campus, your accommodation and food could cost well above C$15,000, besides additional transportation costs.

The cost of books could be C$1,500 per academic year, and additionally, you may also have to spend on computer, telephone, and Internet, clothes and personal care items, and recreation and entertainment. The university provides a financial planning calculator to help you (link).

Graduate admissions


General rules

A complete university degree is required for most graduate programs at the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. The university’s programs include architecture, law, medicine, dentistry, social work, and theology, leading to master’s or PhD degrees, to name only a few. Management programs are offered by the university’s Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Management and Innovation.

Admission requirements

For master’s programs, an appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university, with a final-year average of at least a mid-B, is required.

For doctoral programs, an appropriate master’s or equivalent, with a final-year average of at least B+, is required. Meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission because of the competition for places.

GRE, proficiency in English

You must demonstrate proficiency in English regardless of your country of origin, and graduate applicants from outside Canada must provide the results of an English language proficiency test. Some graduate departments also require GRE (Graduate Records Examination) test scores.

Application

The university provides an online admissions application. The application fee is C$120; you may have to also pay a supplementary application fee depending on your program.

The application deadline varies from program to program, information about which is available on the graduate departments’ websites.

Documents required

Applicants are required to submit transcripts directly to the department that they are applying to (details are given on the university’s relevant FAQ page); two letters of reference (after you apply, the university sends emails to your referees for the letters); additional supporting documents; and GRE, TOEFL/IELTS/COPE scores if you require them as an applicant or if your department requires them.

Fees and funding

The fees for graduate international students are between C$38,000 and $62,000, depending on the program. For most PhD programs, most international students pay fees on a par with the fees paid by domestic students, except in the case of a few programs, according to online sources (see link to program-wise fees in PDF, given above).

For international graduate students, the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award of up to C$25,000 for one year to one student and C$1,000 for finalists are available for enrolment in PhD programs.

Delta Kappa Gamma Fellowships of up to C$5,300 are available for women scholars entering a full-time master’s or PhD program and meet English language proficiency requirements.

Besides, other scholarships are also available, such as Vanier-CGS-A Tri-Agency Award for PhD students, Ontario Graduate Scholarships for master’s and PhD students, and Ontario Trillium Scholarship Program for PhD students.

To help you with information, an appointment with the university’s Financial Aid and Advising can be made by email and advice received in person, by phone, or by email.

Popular Posts

Blog Archive