A day after the CBI issued summons to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the agency, the senior IPS officer on Saturday failed to turn up at its headquarters in the city. The Calcutta High Court had on Friday vacated the interim order providing him protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha scam, following which he was issued summons by the Central agency. A team of CBI officers met their counsel Y J Dastoor, who had represented the agency in the High Court, and discussed their options for more than a hour. “We are discussing the matter with our lawyers,” CBI Joint Director Pankaj Srivastava told journalists. Asked what action would the agency taker against Mr. Kumar, “We cannot disclose that,” he said.Mr. Kumar, who is posted as Additional Director General, CID, remained untraced in the day. The CBI served notice on him under Section 160 of The Code of Criminal Procedure in the multi-crore scam. Mr. Kumar was part of the Special Investigation Team ( SIT) set up by the West Bengal government to probe the case before the agency took it up in 2014. In February, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat in dharna when the CBI tried to question the former Kolkata Police Commissioner.
Samsung Electronics has announced its earnings for Q4 ending 31 December, 2014.Net profit was 5.35 trillion won (approximately $4.88 billion) and operating profit stood at 5.29 trillion won (approximately $4.83 billion). Total revenues were up 11% quarter-on-quarter at 52.73 trillion won (approximately $48.11 billion), according to Samsung Tomorrow. Operating profit saw an increase of 1.23 trillion won (approximately $1.12 billion) quarter-on-quarter.However, the company witnessed a decline in operating profit compared to the corresponding quarter last year. It posted operating profit of 8.3 trillion won (approximately $7.5 billion) from 59.28 trillion won (approximately $54 billion) during the same period last year.Samsung’s earnings from its mobile division declined 73.9 percent to 1.75 trillion won (approximately $1.60 billion) in Q3 of 2014, its worst since the second quarter of 2011, but it did better in Q4, thanks to Galaxy Note 4, registering 1.96 trillion won (approximately $1.79 billion) in operating profit from consolidated revenues of 26.29 trillion won (approximately $24 billion).Earnings from mobile division are expected to grow in 2015 with demand for smartphones likely to increase in emerging markets like India and China, and 4G LTE services expected to expand.”Through new materials, innovative design and differentiated features, competitive products will be introduced to drive smartphone sales, while efficiency will be enhanced across R&D and marketing to increase profitability,” reported Samsung Tomorrow.The dip in Samsung’s Q3 earnings was mainly due to poor sales of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, which received negative response from many gadget lovers and Samsung fans, as it failed to have many features that were speculated before its release.Now, all eyes are on the upcoming Galaxy S6, which is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) to be held between 2-5 March. Samsung will surely look forward to the device to boost its earnings in the second and third quarters of 2015. Reports on the device that have appeared so far, suggest that it will have significant changes in features and design.
A continuing bloodbath of cryptocurrencies has its apparent origin in the unexpected support for blockchain-based currencies from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), some observers feel.Cryptocurrencies are plummeting across the board. Bitcoin on Tuesday fell 7 per cent to $4,387, having lost almost a third of its value in a week.The premier blockchain currency is trading below $5,000 for the first time in 13 months, skimming the lowest level since October last year.The plunge is from the all-time high of $19,511 that it hit in last December, before sliding to $13,500 at the start of this year.”The crypto bloodbath continues,” said Neil Wilson, the chief market analyst at Markets.com told The Guardian. “Things look like they only get worse from here. Where is the incentive to buy? It does rather look like the bottom is coming out of this market.”One of the immediate causes of the crash is the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s action against two cryptocurrency startups that staged initial coin offerings, or ICOs, selling cryptocurrency tokens to the public, according to some media reports. Airfox and Paragon Coin agreed to pay civil penalties for conducting token sales last year without registering them as securities offerings.Digital currency systemThe development sparked warnings from some central bankers and JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon who declared in September 2017 that bitcoin was a fraud that would ultimately blow up.But IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s call for central banks to look into issuing sovereign cryptocurrencies is making investors wary of private blockchain currencies. Speaking at the Singapore Fintech Festival, Lagarde sought to make a case for governments to support digital currencies as private players do not have the credibility to offer cryptocurrency services.She wanted national governments to step in to prevent the digital currency systems from becoming a haven for fraudsters and money launderers.Sweden’s central bank has run some tests and the IMF has credited Canada, China and Uruguay as also going ahead with plans to provide a digital currency, observers say.Lagarde said central banks could take over the processing of transactions while private-players could continue to providers innovative services to customers.
President Abdul Hamid arrives in Astana on Saturday evening. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid arrived in Astana on Saturday evening to attend the First Summit of OIC on Science and Technology to be held in the capital of Kazakhstanon Sunday and Monday.The president arrived at Astana Nurshultan Nazarbayev International Airport at 8:25pm(local time) by a VVIP flight of Bangladesh Biman.Minister for justice of Kazakhstan Marat Beketayev, first deputy mayor of Astana Sergei Mikailovich and ambassador of Bangladesh to Uzbekistan Mosud Mannan received president Hamid at the airport.Hamid is leading a Bangladesh delegation to the OIC summit.The summit is expected to discuss and adopt the OIC Ten Year Action Plan on Science and Technology ‘OIC STI Agenda 2026’.President Hamid will make a statement at the summit calling for creating a new story of development for the wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah through active cooperation in science and technology.He will emphasise that the contributions of the member states individually, jointly or collectively to science and technology will enhance the image of Muslims, embolden their position in the world and give them due respect in global debate and discourse while improving the conditions of the Ummah.The president will also share the initiatives, programmes and success stories of Bangladesh government with the OIC member states in many areas of science and technology and give invaluable guidance to the OIC with his recommendations.During the visit, he is expected to have bilateral talks with his Kazakh counterpart and some of the counterparts from the participating member states.President Hamid is scheduled to return home on 12 September next.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina administers the oath of newly elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat at the prime minister’s office (PMO) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to undertake development projects in such a way so that arable lands are not damaged for it.“You’ll have to remain careful always so that cultivable lands are not destroyed in any way while undertaking any development scheme,” she said during the swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat.After the function, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen.He said the prime minister also instructed the authorities concerned to undertake development projects as per the need of all places including districts and upazilas.“You’ll also have to prepare a master plan to this end,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also said mills, factories and other establishments will have to be built by protecting the environment.Earlier, the prime minister administered the oath of office to the newly-elected Panchagarh district council chairman.Local government division senior secretary SM Ghulam Farooque conducted the function.LGRD and cooperatives minister Md Tazul Islam, railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon, LGRD state minister Swapan Bhattacharya, PM’s principal secretary Md Najibur Rahman and PMO secretary Sajjadul Hasan were present.The by-elections to Panchagarh district council were held on 28 February in which Anwar Sadat Samrat was elected as the chairman.The post of the chairman fell vacant following the death of former chairman Md Amanullah Bachchu on 9 January this year.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The FBI won’t take over an investigation into the homicide of a Baltimore city detective who was shot in the head the day before he was to testify before a federal grand jury about a group of indicted officers, the city’s top police official said Wednesday.Det. Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, was shot in the head while investigating a murder in West Baltimore, Nov. 15. He died from his injuries about 24 hours after the shooting. (Courtesy photo)FBI officials have seen no evidence to suggest Detective Sean Suiter’s death was “directly connected” to the federal corruption investigation, therefore FBI officials believed it would be “prudent” for the police to continue leading the inquiry, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, quoting a letter he said he received from FBI Assistant Director Stephen Richardson.“That means that they believe that at this moment there’s no conspiracy to murder Sean Suiter by someone else involved in that ongoing case,” Davis told reporters.Rumors about Suiter’s Nov. 15 shooting went into overdrive last month when Davis confirmed that the acting U.S. attorney and FBI informed him the detective was gunned down the day before he was to testify in an ongoing federal investigation of a disbanded gun-recovery unit. Eight Baltimore officers have been indicted on charges they defrauded their department, falsified evidence and shook down citizens. The same week Suiter was shot, a Philadelphia officer became the ninth officer indicted in the investigation of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force.Suiter was attacked while investigating a 2016 triple homicide with his partner in a high-crime neighborhood. Davis said Suiter approached a “suspicious” man in a vacant lot between row houses, leading to a violent confrontation in which he was shot with his own gun. His partner can be seen on private surveillance video taking cover across the street, according to Davis.For weeks, Davis has repeatedly said his department had no reason to believe Suiter’s death was connected to his pending testimony, but he also has stressed that investigators are not ruling out anything.He sent a formal request on Dec. 1 asking the FBI to take over the investigation. In his request to the FBI director, Davis said the investigation was “significantly complicated by the fact that he was to appear before a grand jury the following day.”On Wednesday, he told reporters that he took the “unusual step” of asking the FBI to lead the investigation “primarily because of the extraordinary circumstances associated with the death” of Suiter and because he knows that many people “think there is corruption involved in this.”“It was out of an abundance of caution. I wanted the credibility to be at its very highest level,” said Davis, adding that he has full confidence in his department and Baltimore has “the best detectives” anywhere.There have been no arrests, despite a $215,000 reward.Davis said there is “zero evidence” to support some speculation that the homicide detective staged a suicide. And he stressed that the FBI does not think that Suiter’s death “has anything to do with that pending testimony.”“If they did I have no doubt in my mind that the FBI would have taken this case,” he said, adding that “what we have left before us is a murder committed by a yet-to-be-unidentified perpetrator.”He emphasized that the Suiter investigation was an active investigation.FBI agents and other federal authorities have been assisting Baltimore police in the high-profile homicide investigation for weeks.Suiter’s widow, Nicole, also wanted the FBI to lead the investigation into her husband’s death, according to Davis and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Davis said she was aware of the FBI’s decision.___David McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfadd
The Capital is soon going to witness a unique exhibition that displays the variety of sources that inspire artistes to create great works. Ekam: Towards the Countless… is an attempt to create that variety through artistes who have a different visage towards their creations. It is a unique attempt at being one, being united, being diversified. The show will display paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Eminent artistes like – Satish Gujral, Niren Sen Gupta and Siddhartha Tagore of Art Consult Gallery are the special guests for the event that will open on 21 August. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has been curated by 4th Wall Art and managing partners are Priyanka Dua and Gaurav Chawla who are also participating in the exhibition.The other participating artistes are – Amita Gupta, Amrit Kapoor, Anand Krishnan, Asim Pal, Bhaskar Nayar, Bheem Malhotra, Chand Kumar Doliya, Devji Shrimali, Gaurav Chawla, Gayatri Tandon, Geetika Sangwan, Kamaljeet, Kapil Kapoor, Kristine Michael, Harminder Singh Boparai, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Mishika Chawla, Nandita Richie, Neerajj Mittra, Nidhi Desai, Prabhinder Lall, Prince Chand, Priyanka Dua, Radhika Seksaria, Raosaheb Gurav, Ruchi Chadha, Sangeeta Sharma, Sonal Kabra, Shikha Osan, Swati Pasari, Umesh Hatkhambar, Nidhi Sehgal and Vikash Kalra. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach has worked on his or her own through a personal quest, with diverging visions and unique working methods, and yet united with common faith that art must prevail. There is a ten-year old girl who has her own way of saying what she wants through her art.The artistes are as varied as the works of art they display. If some are moved by emotions which they express through colours, others feel this is the work of their sub-conscious mind. Some of them are looking for their destiny or spirituality through their work, and there are some who feel the journey of life throws out different experiences for men or women. Some look for inspiration at nature, and others who find it in the deep recesses of the human mind or human relationships, and even in music or books. So head over!When: 21 to 24 AugustWhere: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 11 am to 7 pm
This party season, steal the limelight with right hair and make up. Experts lists down some inputs to get everything on point: Subtle blush is a year-round must, but this season’s trendy rouge is inspired by the rosy glow you get when there’s a nip in the air. Get bolder, more defined brows without a product-y look. Inspired by professional brow tinting, these temporary tints deepen the colour of your arches to enhance their shape, with the effects lasting up to a few days. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFull, false lashes on your top lash line invariably make your eyes looks larger and more awake. Keep the rest of your make-up palette neutral for a look that’s modern, rather than overdone. A red lip as the centre-piece of a polished makeup look is classic, but it can also awaken otherwise low-key makeup, like a little smudgy eyeliner. Smoky eyes are always a favourite, but applying jewel tones like blue, emerald, and indigo bring out your eyes and add the 60’s flair to your face. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveColour your lovely locks in Coffee Balayange. We are sure you have already seen balayage on the street, but have you seen the beautiful bean colour spilled in balayage? Get your hair coloured in the same old balayage technique but in strong – dark espresso or soft latte brew shade. Put some drama into the hairstyle. One way to opt for it is by voluminising your regular braids. It looks more amazing with curly hair. Deep middle part your hair and you can pull off any silhouette with that. Be it any length, blobs or ultra long locks, deep middle parts can be your next glam look for the season. You can accessorize it with barrettes and pins. For glowing skin: The festive season is all about change of routine and food habits. Our body does react to all these changes in various ways like disturbance in our digestive system, hair fall, dryness of skin etc. It is imperative to cleanse the body, during and post the festive season. To have fresh, glowing skin through the festive season- Hydrate well: Water is extremely essential for every cell that makes up our body. It supports body’s digestion and eliminates toxins on a daily basis. Skin is the biggest organ of the body and is mostly made up of water which serves to keep skin smooth, elastic and wrinkle free. Drinking plenty of water will naturally flush out toxins, giving you a healthier glow.
David Wong, Security Consultant, at NCC Group, a global expert in cyber security and risk mitigation, revealed details about the new cryptographic attack, last week, that can break the encrypted TLS traffic. Wong collaborated with other security researchers and found out that out of the nine different TLS implementations against cache attacks, seven were found to be vulnerable, namely, OpenSSL, Amazon s2n, MbedTLS, Apple CoreTLS, Mozilla NSS, WolfSSL, and GnuTLS. TLS or Transport Layer Security refers to a cryptographic protocol that offers end-to-end communications security over networks. It is widely used for internet communications and online transactions. TLS (except TLS 1.3) makes use of RSA as a key exchange algorithm, which determines how the client and server will authenticate during the handshake to negotiate a shared secret. The client encrypts a shared secret under the server’s RSA public key, the server then receives it and decrypts it. The latest attack isn’t entirely new; it is simply another variation of the original Bleichenbacher oracle attack that was able to decrypt an RSA encrypted message using the Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) #1 function. This new attack uses a side-channel leak via cache access timings of TLS implementations to break these RSA key exchanges of TLS implementations. It affects all versions of TLS (including TLS 1.3) as well as QUIC and makes use of the state-of-the-art cache attack techniques such as Flush+Reload, Prime+Probe, Branch-Prediction, etc. Attacking TLS 1.3 and downgrading to TLS 1.2 Since TLS 1.3 does not offer an RSA key exchange, researchers started with downgrading to an older version of TLS (TLS 1.2) for the exploitation of the attack. To downgrade a client’s connection attempt, a spoofed TLS 1.2 handshake technique is used. The server’s RSA certificate was presented in a ServerCertificate message and then the handshake was put to an end with a ‘ServerHelloDone’ message. However, if at this point, the server does not have a trusted certificate that allows RSA key exchanges or the client refuses to support RSA key exchanges or older versions than TLS 1.2, the attack halts. Otherwise, the client will make use of the RSA public key contained in the certificate to encrypt the TLS premaster secret. It will then send it in a ClientKeyExchange message and ends its part of the handshake using a ChangeCipherSpec and a Finished message. It is at this time, the attack is performed to decrypt the RSA encrypted premaster secret. The last Finished message being sent should contain an authentication tag (with HMAC) of the whole transcript and should be encrypted with the transport keys derived from the premaster secret. NCC Group Now, even if some clients might have zero handshake timeouts, most serious applications such as browsers can give up on the connection attempt if the response takes too much time to arrive. So, there are several techniques that can slow down the handshake such as sending the ChangeCipherSpec message to reset the client’s timer and sending TLS warning alerts to reset the handshake timer. After the decryption attack terminates, the expected Finished message is sent to the client and a handshake is finalized. This downgrade attack is able to bypass multiple downgrade mitigations, namely, one server-side and two client-side. TLS 1.3 servers that negotiate older versions of TLS must also advertise this information to their peers. TLS 1.3 clients that negotiate an older version of TLS must check for these values and abort the handshake if found. On the other hand, a TLS 1.3 client that goes back to an older version of TLS must advertise this information in their subsequent client hellos. Furthermore, a client should also include the version used by the client hello inside the encrypted premaster secret. “As it stands, RSA is the only known downgrade attack on TLS 1.3, which we are the first to successfully exploit in this research”, states Wong. The researchers also state that it is time for RSA PKCS#1 v1.5 to be deprecated and replaced by more modern schemes like OAEP (Optimal asymmetric encryption padding) and ECEIS (Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme) for asymmetric encryption or Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman in case of key exchanges. For more information, check out the official NCC Group blog. Read Next Zimperium zLabs discloses a new critical vulnerability in multiple high-privileged Android services to Google A kernel vulnerability in Apple devices gives access to remote code execution FreeRTOS affected by 13 vulnerabilities in its TCP/IP stack