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  Dear Subscriber,  
  The internet has transformed our lives in ways unimagined. It has opened up the vast possibilities of cyberspace, democratised knowledge and markets, helped trade and commerce, to name a few aspects. It has certainly empowered people and handed them tools of progress. Overall, the internet has brought enormous benefit to the human race. But it has also bred a new type of criminal—cybercriminals.  
  These are people who lurk in the shadows of the internet to prey on unsuspecting victims. They swindle money, they stalk, they steal personal data for selling in the dark corners of the internet, which are mostly hidden from us, and infect phones and computers, among other things. With each passing year, the incidence of cybercrime keeps rising. And India has emerged as one of the hotspots of cybercrime.  
  As this month’s cover story reveals, cybercrime in India has shot up by more than 300% in the past four years, according to data published by the National Crime Records Bureau. These are just the reported cases. In many instances, cybercrime victims are hesitant to report the incidents to police, which means the unofficial number of cybercrimes committed in India could be much higher. With the increase in cybercrime and cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, the government is pushing for greater surveillance, as the latest directive issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology proves. The net result is that ordinary Indians are trapped in the middle as both sides escalate their attempts to capture ever more personal data.  
  In this issue we have also written about a wonderful experiment that was started in remote Tilonia in Rajasthan almost three decades ago to bring solar power to doorsteps. Today, the women of this village have shown that it’s possible to drive bottom-up development models without resorting to grand infrastructure projects.  
  We have also examined the critical need for India to invest in carbon capture technologies to meet the net-zero target by 2070. Both government and industry have a critical role to play to achieve the environmental goal. Apart from that we have also highlighted the plight of Anganwadi workers who are key in delivery of the Integrated Child Development Services  
  Please browse through the round-up of Tatsat Chronicle newsletter till June 15, 2022.  
Top Story : Trapped By The Web
Going by NCRB data, India has emerged as a hotspot of cybercrime—witnessing a spike of more than 300% in the past four years. On the one hand is the rising incidence of cybercrime while, on the other, the government is increasingly pushing for surveillance. The result is that Indians are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
FEATURES : Who Will Take Care of The Caretakers?
Anganwadi workers have played a crucial role in delivering ICDS to doorsteps which has been critical in reducing infant mortality and improving childcare. Yet, they qualify neither for minimum wages nor any other benefits provided to other government employees
Case Study : Powering Up From The Grassroots
The Tilonia model that has been developed by the Barefoot College in Rajasthan has not only empowered rural women around the world, it has also helped in delivering solar power to some of the remotest and most impoverished regions in the world. The success lies in adopting a bottom-up approach
In Focus : How Many Exams Must A Student Take?
The newly introduced Common University Entrance Test that is intended to counter the alleged malice of state boards awarding high marks for the purpose of facilitating admission to Delhi University will place an additional burden on students, feel experts
In a First, Canada Proposes health Warnings on Every Cigarette
Canada will become the first country in the world to print a warning on every cigarette. The move comes two decades after the country became a trendsetter by including graphic photo warnings on tobacco products’ packaging
Researchers Find Plastic-Eating “Superworms”
Australian scientists have found that Zophobas morio, commonly known as superworm, can survive on a polystyrene diet. Researchers say the larvae of plastic-smelling insects could help revolutionise the recycling of a species
Efforts to End AIDS Pandemic “Must Speed Up,” says UN
Ahead of a UN General Assembly meeting on the issue this week, the UN Secretary-General released a report titled HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030
Sustainable Investments In India to Surge to $125 billion by 2026
Climate change awareness has led global investment firms to prioritise sustainable investments not only for long-term financial returns, but also for positive social impacts
29 Gram Panchayats of Maharashtra to Ban Widowhood Rituals
Following a petition from the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and an Government Resolution (GR) to this effect, 29 gram panchayats in Pune district of Maharashtra have decided to ban breaking of several ancient practices associated with widowhood
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