NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know Community 13 News India Times January 26, 2018 By StaffWriter rooklyn-based NewYork University Tandon School of Engineering, in partnership with NewYork City Cyber Command, launched the NewYork Cyber Fellows initiative Jan. 10. The program is described as a unique, affordable online cybersecurity master’s degree program. It has been designed in conjunction with leading NewYork City employers to address the acute shortage of highly trained technical professionals in the city and nation, a press release fromTSE said. The NYU engineering school was renamed NewYork University Tandon School of Engineering following a $100 million dona- tion Oct. 5, 2015, from Indian-American philanthropists Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon to build on the engineering school’s cross-disciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. A U.S. News & World Report announced NYU Tandon's online graduate program in Computer Information Technology tied for No. 2 . in the nation and the best in the Northeast region, NYUTandon noted in a Jan. 11 press release. According to NYUTandon, The NY Cyber Fellows program answers a call from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s "NewYorkWorks" initiative to add 10,000 cybersecurity experts to the city’s workforce within a decade. It offers scholarships of as much as 75 percent of tuition to U.S. residents, bringing the total tuition to $15,000 for the entire program—lowest of any cybersecu- rity master’s degree program in NewYork City. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply for the fall semester is May 1. “A more affordable degree in this field means more NewYorkers will develop the skills to defend our digital city and land a great job. We’re proud to work in partner- ship with NYU’s Tandon School to launch the program this fall and I encourage New Yorkers to apply now,” Mayor Bill de Blasio is quoted saying in the press release. “This is exactly the kind of program NewYork needs to attract companies in this fast- growing sector, and to help NewYorkers compete for those good jobs.” As part of the fellowships, NYC Cyber Command (NYC3), which leads the City of NewYork’s cyber defense efforts, plans to offer Cyber Fellows access to the NYC3 Cyber Range—a virtual laboratory with realistic simulation for hands-on training and development. “The Cyber Range will expose students to simulation, testing, and research into a wide range of security and technology con- cerns associated with securing one of the largest digital cities in the world,” sGeoff Brown, NewYork City Chief Information Security Officer and Head of NYC Cyber Command, is quoted saying in the press release, adding, “We’re proud to support a program that opens up a career in cyber defense to more students, allowing the next generation of cyber professionals to better resemble the diversity of the society they will be charged to protect.” To shape the program, NYU Tandon said it elicited curriculum recommendations from NYC Cyber Command and leading sectors of the city’s economy. Business partners include Blackstone, Bridgewater Associates, EY LLC, Goldman Sachs, IBM Security, Jefferies, Loki Labs, Morgan Stanley, and Synack. “Perhaps the most important element of the NewYork Cyber Fellows program is the way it will reflect our collaboration with influential NewYork employers including NYC Cyber Command to ensure students get the pre- cise hands-on education they need,” said Professor Nasir Memon, founder of NY. Tandon’s cybersecurity program and Associate Dean for Online Learning, said in the press release. “The NY Cyber Fellows will work on real-world problems and get unprecedented access to our city’s job market," Memon added. Mayor De Blasio Lauds New NYU Tandon School Of Engineering And NYC Masters Program JayMandal/On Assignment New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. B By StaffWriter U nited States District Court Judge Bernard Friedman of Michigan has dismissed the sexual assault charges which were laid against Indian- American Dr. Jumana Nagarwala for prac- ticing female genital mutilation on 7-year- old girls fromMinnesota whose mothers brought them to Metro Detroit last year. Several other charges however, remain in place. “To prove their guilt on this charge, the government must show that defendants transported a minor ‘with intent that (the minor) engage in ... any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.’ ... The facts alleged in the indictment do not support this charge because, as a matter of law, FGM, while a prohibited criminal act, is not ‘criminal sexual activity,’” Friedman is quoted saying in his judgment, in a news report carried by Detroit News. According to CBN News, in early 2017, Nagarwala was the first person to be charged under the United States law criminalizing female genital mutilation as her and at least eight other alleged conspirators are accused of partici- pating in a conspiracy to cut prepubescent girls as part of a religious procedure prac- ticed by some members of the Muslim sect Dawoodi Bohra, based in India, according to EndFGMToday. Prosecutors say the girls were cut but defense lawyers claim the procedure per- formed on them was benign and not female genital mutilation. “We respect the opinion of the court and are reviewing our options for a poten- tial appeal. Moreover, we stand ready to proceed with the remaining charges against the defendants,” U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Gina Balaya told The Detroit News. The practice allegedly took place at the clinic of Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, who along with Nagarwala, has been charged with conspiracy, genital mutilation, transport- ing minors with intent to engage in crimi- nal sexual activity, lying to a federal agent and obstructing an official proceeding. If convicted they face a maximum sentence of life in prison. The judge’s decision to drop Nagarwala’s sexual assault charges is seen as a setback for those who were advocating against FGM. "We are very disappointed and troubled by the Court's dismissal of Count 6 of the indictment. The Court, in its legalistic scrupulosity, argued that the government offered no convincing argument showing that the phrase 'sexual activity,' as used in the federal transportation of minors statute § 2423(a), is synonymous with the phrase 'sexual conduct,' as used in § 750.520b(1)(a)," attorney Elizabeth Yore, an international child advocate and the head of the EndFGMToday initiative, is quoted saying in CBN News. She called the court's decision "mind-numbing" asserting, "We do not agree with the Court's legalistic jujitsu, which, as a result, leaves young vic- tims who are transported across state lines at great peril to this barbaric procedure. We agree with the government's argument that the jury should be left to decide this important fact issue," Yore added. A trial is set for January 2019. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala In Genital Mutilation Case, Michigan Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault Charge By StaffWriter I ndian-American Gurbir S. Grewal is the first Sikh to be appointed as attorney general for the state of New Jersey Jan. 17. Grewal received a unanimous vote of 29-0 and was sworn in just hours after New Jersey’s new governor, Phil Murphy, took office replacing Republican Gov. Chris Christie. “Today is one of the most important cabinet picks. This is the right pick for New Jersey, this is the right pick for law enforcement, this is right pick for ensuring that all citizens of New Jersey are treated equally,” Sen. Paul Sarlo, Democrat from Bergen County, said at the Senate judiciary meeting in Trenton, according to Grewal was Bergen County Prosecutor from 2016 to 2018, appointed by outgoing Gov. Christie. “Governor Murphy got this one right. He picked the most qualified candidate to be the next attorney general,” said Sen. Grewal thanked his mentors, law enforce- ment from Bergen county and religious leaders from the community as well as his wife and three young daughters, saying “Girls, I continue in this public service journey for really one reason, and that’s to ensure that each of you grow up in a fair and just society,” according to A graduate of GeorgeWashington University inWashington, D.C., Grewal did law from the College ofWilliam and Mary. He was assistant U.S. attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 2010-2013; From 2013 to 2014, Grewal served as deputy chief of the Economic Crimes Unit and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section; Eight months into that job he was promoted to chief of the Economic Crimes Unit. In 2016, he became Bergen County Prosecutor. Gurbir Grewal Sworn-in As Attorney General In New Jersey Gurbir Grewal