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Indian engineer rewarded by Facebook for discovering ‘bug’
Report dated 04/09/2013 @ 1:14 PM

Indian engineer rewarded by Facebook for discovering ‘bug’ Engineering graduate Arul Kumar, 21, found a critical bug that allowed anyone to delete a photo hosted on Facebook, and is now slated to receive around Rs.825,000 from the social media site. This is the second time Arul has won a bounty from Facebook. He earlier discovered another bug for which he is promised $1500.

Arul who is not a software engineer or programmer completed his engineering in electronics and communications from the Hindusthan Institute of Technology in Coimbatore. He heard about the Facebook reward programme so he started looking for bugs and learned programming and networking through tutorials on the web.

When he found the photo-related bug he filed a report through the Facebook page set up for hackers, but Facebook rejected his claim. Arul persisted and created a video showing how he could delete any Facebook photo, in which he demonstrated the bug using the profile id of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. After the Facebook team saw the video they praised Arul's work, and approved payment of $12,500 as a reward.

Arul says he will give the money to his family in Salem district, Tamil Nadu to make them more comfortable.

Gujarat encounter accused police officer blames CM Modi
Report dated 04/09/2013 @ 1:08 PM

Gujarat encounter accused police officer blames CM Modi Indian Police Officer DG Vanzara charged and incarcerated in three fake encounter cases has resigned accusing Gujarat chief minister Modi of betraying him.

Vanzara who has been in jail for 7 years for his role in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter and the murder of his wife Kauserbi in 2005, and the Tulsiram Prajapti encounter in 2006, as well as the Ishrat Jahan encounter in 2004, blamed the Modi government for milking political mileage out of the encounters and relegating foot soldiers like him to jail.

In his resignation letter Vanzara expressed his lack of confidence in the state government and blamed it for failing to protect him and other cops accused in the fake encounters. His resignation now amounts to his renunciation of his post-retirement benefits.

Vanzara warned the government that its apathy with the jailed cops could prove dangerous.

Asaram in judicial custody as police confirm rape case strong
Report dated 03/09/2013 @ 1:13 PM

Asaram in judicial custody as police confirm rape case strong Godman Asaram Bapu, 72, is remanded to judicial custody for 14 days at Jodhpur Central Jail. Police say the case against him for raping a teenager at his ashram is 'very strong' and moving in the right direction.

On reports that Asaram is suffering from a neuro disorder, police authorities say it has been proven a lie as a team of doctors say he is fine both mentally and physically.

Asaram has denied the charges against him that were filed by the girl who said Asaram sexually assaulted her at his Rajasthan ashram.

Soldier's remains found in the Himalayas after 45 years
Report dated 02/09/2013 @ 1:58 PM

Soldier's remains found in the Himalayas after 45 years The mortal remains of Haryana soldier Havildar Jagmail Singh who vanished 45 years ago after the mysterious crash of the IAF's AN-12 aircraft, has been recovered by the Army's Western Command. The identity of the body of the Havildar was established by an identity disk, an insurance policy and a letter from his family that was retrieved from his pocket.

The recovery of the body was made in a special operation launched by the Dogra Scouts of Western Command, that included several experienced mountaineers.

The disappearance of the ill-fated AN-12 remained a mystery until 2003, when debris of the aircraft was accidentally discovered by an expedition team at the Dhakka Glacier.

The remains of the Havildar were brought to Chandimandir from where they will be sent to his village Meerpur in Rewari district, Haryana for the last rites with full military honours.

Public outrage over lenient sentence for Delhi gang rapist
Report dated 02/09/2013 @ 1:54 PM

Public outrage over lenient sentence for Delhi gang rapist The minor accused of participating in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape was found guilty of gang-rape and murder charges and handed down a sentence of a three-year stay in a reform home.

The mother of the victim emerged from the Juvenile Justice Board with her sons and husband and said she was not satisfied with the punishment and indicated they wanted a harsher sentence for the rapist. She bemoaned the fact that if minors commit crimes and get away this easily, the law needs to be changed. The family now intends to move the higher court against the judgment.

As the news spread hundreds of protesters shouted slogans and sought the death penalty for the accused man.

Opposition leader in the Lower House of Parliament Sushma Swaraj, said she would introduce a bill to amend the law for juveniles calling the three year punishment meagre which does not do justice, as the sentence must be commensurate with the gravity of the offence irrespective of the age of the offender.

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